Reviving an old thread...I have one of these in wine-red. I bought it nine years ago before I really had any idea what I was doing. I thought about selling it over the years, but I've grown to love it. I once read a review that described it as a cross between a 335 and a Gretsch 6120, and that's about right, except that it has two features that won't be found on either of those guitars, namely a 25.5" scale length and a very wide and flat fingerboard (1-3/4"). I now have a 6120, and the Tennessean is very different from it.
I mostly play rock, with occasional excursions into Chet Atkins-style fingerpicking. The Tennessean is great for the latter, although for the real Chet sound you need the 6120 with its Filtertrons. If I ever learned how to play jazz, I think the Tennessean would be great for that too.
BTW, unlike the Country Gent, the Gibson Tennessean never came with a Bigsby. You can see that the Bigsby on the BSS guy's Tennessean is an added mod; note the holes on the body where the original tailpiece was. I've occasionally wished my Tennessean had a Bigsby, but I wouldn't add one. They aren't making these guitars anymore, so I prefer to keep it stock.
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