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❌SOLD❌ Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville Archtop Electric, Orange 2003


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The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville reproduces the 1955 6120 models whose popularity was led by Chet Atkins.  These are named Nashville because the license agreement with Atkins lapsed in 1980 with the end of Gretsch production.  Atkins signed a new agreement with Gibson in 1981,  and in 2007 Gretsch was able to renew the relationship.   

The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville  model,  with a few changes – primarily the Chet pickguard, Gold Bigsby with vintage handle, aluminum vs brass nut  and pickups by TV Jones rather than Seymour Duncan – is now called the G6120T-55 Vintage Select Edition ’55 Chet Atkins®.  The core of the guitar and other hardware are the same.

The body of the Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville is 16 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep, built of Maple laminate. The neck is three pieces – two Maple outer sections with a narrow Walnut insert in the center. The 12 inch radius, 22 fret bound fingerboard is Indian Rosewood, which provides a slightly rounder and warmer attack than Ebony.

While Chet Atkins had input into the design of the 6120, the orange finish, the G-Brand on the lower bout and the Western-themed cactus and cattle engraved inlays were not his idea. On later Chet models, these were phased out.

In 1955, the humbucking pickup had yet to be successfully produced, and single coils of various designs were used. Gretsch used the Rowe – deArmond DynaSonic pickup. These pickups are complex and fairly heavy beasts. The polepieces are the magnets, and they’re mounted on a sprung carriage mechanism controlled by the screws next to the poles. For these reissues, Gretsch contracted with Seymour Duncan to create reproductions.   For the modern Chet reissue, TV Jones T-Armond pickups are installed.  The wiring scheme used on these models includes a pickup selector, a master volume, a master tone, and two individual volume controls.

For other hardware on the Gretsch 6120DSW, gold plated Grover Sta-Tite tuners are at the head, and the nut is brass to help match the open string tone with fretted notes – an Atkins idea. A Bigsby B6 kit provides both the vibrato tailpiece and the aluminum bridge saddle. The base of the bridge is Rosewood, replacing the stock Bigsby aluminum base.

This Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville was built during July of 2003 at the Terada plant at Nagoya, Japan. The build quality is high, typical of instruments from these plants. They are just really well done. This guitar is very nice to play, with lots of twang and clarity.

Below, we’ve linked to the official video for the current version of the Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville. There are some differences, but the versions are quite similar. 


Price: $2,800.00 CAD
  • Model: 6120DSW
  • Year: 2003
  • Finish Gloss Orange
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: JT03074886, July 2003 Japan Terada
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 04/06/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.392lbs 3.36kg
  • Scale Length: 625mm 24.6in
  • Nut Width: 42.86mm 1.6875in
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