A vintage Gretsch Tennessean used by The Monkees is headed to the auction block

A vintage Gretsch Tennessean signed by all four members of the Monkees
(Image credit: Historics Auctioneers)

A vintage Gretsch Tennessean electric guitar that saw use in the original Monkees TV series is set to be auctioned in the UK this weekend (May 21).

The instrument was originally owned by Michael Nesmith and made appearances both onstage with the band and in the TV show. It was then presented to Gary Arnold, then the Vice President of Best Buy, in appreciation of his company’s role as sponsor of the band’s 1986 reunion shows.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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