| Condition: || Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition || Brand: || Gretsch |
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This iconic 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 is in excellent condition with a transparent western (orange) finish. This guitar has that big, warm, fat Gretsch tone courtesy of Harry DeArmond's single coil "Dynasonic" pickups. The single cutaway hollowbody archtop maple body is double bound on both the front and back. It has dual double bound F holes along with the classic black G brand on the lower left bout. The body is 2 3/4" deep and 15 1/2" wide at the lower bout and weighs 7.0 lbs.. Inside the bass side F hole is a paper label that reads: The Fred Gretsch Mfg. Co. 60 Broadway, Brooklyn NY along with the model 6120 stamped in black and the five digit serial number stamped in red. A horseshoe is inlaid on the bound peghead along with a T roof Gretsch logo. The maple neck has a BRAZILIAN rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and eight celluloid block inlays. It has a 25 1/2" scale neck. The gold pickguard has the Gretsch logo in gold with a Chet Atkins signpost in black lettering. Still has the original felt on the underside. Other features of the guitar include a the original break away Bigsby B6 vibrato (patent number D169.120), Grover tuners, original screwed metal strap buttons, and the original metal bridge set on a rosewood base. Electronics include a 3 way pickup selector switch on the upper left bout, a master volume knob on the upper right bout and two volume knobs with a tone control knob on the lower right bout. All three of the knobs are original . This guitar is in excellent condition. There is some finish wear on the neck, and some light nitro cheking in the finish. This guitar lived most of its 60 plus years in a southern climate, and has been played and well cared for. We cannot emphasize enough how great this guitar sounds. They sure don't make them like they used to. This Chet Atkins plays great and has a nice slim comfortable neck. The binding is in nice shape and the transparent finish shows off the amazing maple top. The grovers are replacement tuners, as the originals from the 50's were notoriously bad. The guitar has had a replacement bone nut installed and professional regret. The refret was absolutely top notch, and the guitar is an insane player. You can dance up and down the board with the greatest of ease. The neck heal is missing a piece of binding (pictured) we chose to keep the heal bare to showcase the original binding. ( Easily replaced, but why not just leave it original? ) After playing this one you will understand the attraction Jimmy Page, Eddie Cochran, and Duane Eddy had to this model.