New Low Price on this Gretsch Nashville G6120 – Previously listed at £2900 – So how does £2499 tempt you ?
What are the key factors to look out for when you evaluate a vintage guitar ? – Is it all original ? – How does it perform regarding tonal character and playing performance ? – Condition – Any structural issues ? – Any customised hot rod work carried out ? – And I dare say I can go on ? – So what can I tell you about this Gretsch Nashville G6120 circa 1967 ? – It does not come with its original case, so maybe that is really the only negative I can throw at this 6120 – It now includes a replica style cream/tan case with brown trim, hence very usable and highly protective, but the original case apparently went missing many years ago – Some while ago it has been re-fretted with more of a medium/jumbo gauge and this has undoubtedly enhanced the playing performance – All well and good anyone stating the frets should be original, but on a 50 year old guitar, if they are worn then they are pretty pointless (Do you still find an original clutch plate on a 50 year old car that works ?) A re-fret does not harm the guitars integrity and it certainly should not impact on the guitars value and desirability – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 11’s (wound 3rd) and a slick playing action – I chose the 11’s as they are more authentic to this style of guitar, plus with a non-adjustable bridge regarding intonation, a plain 3rd is not ideal – I can of course adjust the string gauge and set-up as required – Some may well put the existing bridge and base plate in to retirement and utilise a more modern Gibson style tune-o-matic bridge to further enhance the playing performance, in particular if 10’s are required
Condition – Overall this is a clean example – The finish has mellowed and faded, whilst signs of lacquer checking are surely all part of the guitars mojo – No issues other than light wear and surface grazes – No dings or nicks to get upset about – The gold hardware of course has faded and worn, but again this is all part of the aged character – Gretsch Guitars from the 50’s and 60’s can be somewhat notorious about ‘rotting’ binding on both the body and fingerboard – Check out the binding on this 6120 and you’ll find a couple of hairline splits, but everything is intact – As such if it is cared for, it should cause no issues for many decades to come – This is a played, yet cared for, 50 year old guitar with good integrity – It will allow you to both play it and enjoy it on a regular basis, yet equally it is a guitar that you can be proud to own, show of as required and enrich any collection – It has been well priced to reflect its age, condition, integrity and playing performance
Tonal character :- I’m not even sure if we need to go here as I’m pretty sure the appropriate potential buyers no what all the fuss is about – The fact that it plays so well allows you to maximise the guitars tonal character – it is warm and organic with a big open voice – Clear warm and crisp with good depth, especially on the neck pick-up, with more twang and bite on the bridge pick-up – Add just enough overdrive to hear it growl as you rip into pop, rock and rock a billy licks – How much you’ll use the 3 way tone switch is down to you, but the 3 way selector switch offers a very useful and well balanced set of voices
What additional info can I tell you about with regard to this 1967 Gretsch Nashvile G6120 – I’m sure you are aware of most of the spec and features but let me list them anyway
- 15 1/2 inch-wide guitar weighs 7lbs an 10oz
- Double-bound laminated maple body with black painted f-holes
- Two-piece maple neck with ebony center-strip
- nut width of just over 1 5/8 inches
- medium-to-thick neck profile
- Chet Atkins scale length of 24 1/2 inches
- Ebony board with 22 frets plus zero fret
- Neo-classic inlaid pearl thumbprint inlays
- Orange-stained headstock with inlaid pearl Gretsch “T-roof” logo – plus rectangular brass plate secured by four pins and engraved “Chet Atkins Nashville Model”
- Bell shaped two layer (black on white) plastic truss-rod cover with three screws
- The serial number (27614) is stamped in gold on the back of the headstock
- Individual open-back Grover StaTite tuners with oval metal buttons
- Two patent-number Filter’Tron pickups with gold plastic surrounds and outputs of 4.1k and 4.5k
- Gold ‘plexi’ pickguard with Gretsch “T-roof” logo plus “Chet Atkins” signature and “Nashville” in black
- Two volume controls plus a three-way stand-by switch – one master volume control on the upper treble bout, plus two three-way selector switches (one pickup selector plus a 3 way tone selector) on the upper bass bout
- The CTS pots are stamped 137 66 – indicates 1966
- One string damper with a black sponge pad plus one string damper control with a felt pad on the lower treble bout
- Gretsch “Arrow-through-G” knobs with cross-hatch pattern on sides
- Aluminum bridge on height-adjustable ebony base
- Aluminum V-cutout B-6 Bigsby (“Gretsch by Bigsby”) vibrato tailpiece with pivoting arm
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