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Gretsch G6120DSW G-Brand Archtop Electric Orange, 2006

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Based on mid 1950’s models, the Gretsch G6120DSW Chet Atkins model is probably the iconic Gretsch with its G brand in the top and ‘Western’ motif inlays. A fully hollow guitar with tone bars and a soundpost for support, the DSW designation indicates that DynaSonic style pickups are installed, and the Western decorations are used.

Here we’re looking at a Gretsch G6120DSW built at the Terada plant in Japan, dated to August 2006. It’s in great, original condition with very little wear. Fret wear varies from light and to negligible and the finish is in great shape.

The Gretsch 6120 was very popular and influential after its prototypes were presented in 1954 to Chet Atkins, then a rising and very respected guitarist, session player and producer. Atkins went on to use Gretsch guitars exclusively for many years, and shifted to an endorsement deal with Gibson around 1980 after Gretsch, owned by Baldwin, folded. The 6120 was also favoured by many other top 1950’s artists, notably Duane Eddy. Some Duane Eddy models feature a P-90 pickup in the neck position.

The Gretsch G6120DSW is structurally similar to many other 6120 variants, but is closest to the early 1954-1955 models, before humbucking pickups appeared. The body is a 3-ply Maple laminate, with a 3-piece Maple neck – the neck has two pieces of Maple with a thin Walnut center strip. The bound fingerboard is Rosewood, as is the bridge base. This model also features a Brass nut, an attempt to equalize tone between fretted and open strings.

The top of the Gretsch G6120DSW is braced with a pair of longitudinal tone bars and there’s also a sound post coupling the top and back, underneath the bridge. The key differences are in the electronics – the DSW carries a pair of ‘DynaSonic’ single coil pickups built by Seymour Duncan to replicate 1950’s DeArmond models. This pickup design is quite elaborate, with spring-loaded carriers for the polepiece magnets very visible on the back. The wiring is typical pre-Filter’ Tron Gretsch with a single pickup selector, master volume, individual volumes, and a master tone pot. On this model, the gold-plated knobs sport an arrow like the 1955 models, rather than the later G-Arrow design. A Bigsby is installed with the vintage flat handle and the bridge is an Aluminum unit, produced by Bigsby for use with their tailpieces, on a Rosewood base. These bridges tend to be very twangy! The Rosewood base has been glued to the finish.

The finish is the classic Gretsch orange, and is in great condition.

This is a really nice guitar to play, very comfortable and clean sounding.

The original Gretsch – branded hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $2,999.99 CAD
  • Model: G6120DSW
  • Year: 2006
  • Finish Gloss Orange
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: JT06084156, dated to August 2006 in Japan by Terada
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 18/08/2021

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 6.82lbs 3.1kg
  • Scale Length: 626mm 24.65in
  • Nut Width: 43.28mm 1.703in
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