Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1961 Gretsch 6120

Introduced in 1955, the original Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model started its life as the epitome of 50's rockabilly style; early examples even featured a western belt buckle style tailpiece and "G" brand on the lower bout. By the late 50's, the western motifs were history and the guitar began losing its buxom deep body, becoming much more svelte, as seen here. The luscious western orange finish remained until the early 70's. This variation of the 6120 is similar to the model used by Neil Young in his Buffalo Springfield days. In 1962, the modernized double cutaway 6120 was introduced with painted on f-holes; this is the last of the single cutaway, open f-hole models.

Guitar courtesy of Tom Culbertson. Images c2012, Derek See.

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