Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins – Japan 2011

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$2,995.00 20184
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The Gretsch 6120 was an instant classic from the day it was introduced in 1955. To many players, it is the definitive Gretsch guitar.

In 1958, the half-moon or “neo­classic” fingerboard markers common to most Gretsches were introduced. The single coil DeArmond pickups were discontinued in favour of Gretsch’s own FilterTron humbuckers. Chet Atkins is reported to have said the magnets on the DeArmond’s were too strong, that they “sucked the tone right out of the guitar”.

Some confusion exists over the difference between a Nashville and Chet Atkins 6120. In a nutshell, there isn’t much. The Nashville name was arbitrarily stuck on the 6120, beginning in 1966. There’s no difference between the guitars. It’s just a name, but it came in handy when Atkins pulled his endorsement in later years.

Features –

Body size at lower bout: 16"

Scale length: 24 3/4"

Nut Width: 1 11 1/6"

Body depth: 2 3/4"

Materials: Solid maple neck with curly maple headplate; solid ebony fingerboard with half moon inlays; arched maple top, back and sides; two ply body and f-hole binding; solid bone nut.

Hardware: 100% original gold plated hardware includes twin Patent # Filter 'Tron humbucking pickups; logo Bigsby tailpiece and Grover Rotomatic tuners; gold Lucite pickguard with Chet Atkins logo; adjustable tune-o-matic style bridge with ebony base; independent "G Arrow" volume knobs for each pickup; master volume and tone knobs; three way pickup selector switch.

This is a classic Gretsch hollowbody which plays beautifully and sounds the business, with a wide palette of tonal options on offer. It’s very easy to dial in great tones just right for jazz, rockabilly, country, blues, rock and any style where a killer clean tone might be called for. It will drive pedals well, but thrives on that big, spacious, jangly tone that Gretsch does better than anyone.

This clean specimen was built in Tokyo's acclaimed Terada facility in 2011. It is in superb condition, totally original, without cracks or any other structural issues. It has some light buckle worming on the back, but nothing through the lacquer. There is no binding rot, which can be a problem on older models. 

The original frets are in great condition with 95% life remaining, and the metal hardware has retained its gleam.

This Gretsch Chet Atkins has its original factory installed FilterTron humbucking pickups which sound fantastic. All controls are clean and quiet and the original Grover tuners work perfectly. The action is smooth and low over a comfy, gentle D profile neck.

Comes in original Gretsch hard case in excellent condition.

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