In the mid-1950s, Gretsch unveiled the first in the line of "Chet Atkins" signature guitars with the 6120, a gorgeous hollow-body guitar with a bright, resonant sound and a jaw-dropping aesthetic. It would quickly become the go-to guitar of countless legendary musicians, including Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer, who would inspire a new generation of phenomenal players.
This 1955 6120 Nashville comes straight from the Gretsch USA Custom Shop, and it's a stellar recreation of those original 6120s. Painstakingly crafted by master artisan Stephen Stern, this guitar looks, plays, and feels just like a genuine '50s 6120, from its DynaSonic pickups to its "G" body brand. Please reach out if you have any questions about this extraordinary guitar!
As soon as you uncase this 1955 6120 Nashville, you'll never want to put it back. From its striking orange-stained curly maple top to its muted gold Bigsby tailpiece and F-holes with ivory binding, this guitar is a spectacle to behold. And just like the original, it features Western Motif fingerboard inlays and a Steerhead on the headstock, giving it that rustic appeal Gretsch was known for in their early years.
On top of its eye-catching appearance, this Masterbuilt USA Custom Gretsch offers exceptional quality from top to bottom. Its light flame maple neck has a smooth, comfortable feel, and the action is low and even across the entire rosewood fingerboard. The DynaSonic pickups on this model are dead-on recreations of the original DeArmond pickups, and they deliver a clean, chiming tone with big, tubby lows and shimmering highs. With some gain, they've got a snarl like no other, characterized by punchy, biting mids that never sound too harsh. They're phenomenal pickups, and they truly capture the vibe of the vintage DeArmonds.
This guitar will ship as shown in the photos, along with an assortment of Gretsch Custom Shop goodies, including a boutique guitar strap, the certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Stern, and more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about this outstanding guitar. This is an absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind USA Custom Gretsch that would easily become the centerpiece of any guitar collection!
Weight: 6 lbs. 9oz.
Neck Thickness at 1F: 0.88"
Neck Thickness at 7F: 0.93"
Color: '55 Gretsch Orange
Headcap Color: Walnut
Binding Tint: Yes
Aging Type: Relic
Neck Wood: Light Flame Maple w/ Black Stringer
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Fretboard Inlay Material: NOS Nitro
Fretboard Inlay Style: Western Motif
Headstock Perimeter: '55 G6120
Headstock Logo: SQ "G" w/ Steerhead
Headcap Material: Curly Maple
Headstock Logo Material: NOS Nitro
Zero Fret: No
Neck Binding: .060 White Nitro
Side Dots: Red
Neck Shape: Stock "C"
Body Style: '55 G6120
Top: Curly Maple Ply w/ "G" Brand & Book Matched Top
Back: Curly Maple Ply
Sides: Curly Maple Ply
Body Binding: .060w X .040b
Wiring: Tone Pot w/ treble Bleed
Neck Pickup: Dyna-sonic
Bridge Pickup: Dyna-sonic
Bridge: Bigsby Compensated Saddle w/ Rosewood Bridge Base
Tailpiece: Bigsby B6CBST Gold
Pickguard Engraving: Gold P/G w/ Black Signpost
Case: Hardshell Case