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Gretsch Guitars G6120W-1957 Chet Atkins Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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C'mon everybody! A Chet Atkins model transformed by a legendary rock 'n' roll founding father, this baby is decked out with all the late, great artist's personal modifications. The dog ear neck pickup... Click To Read More About This Product

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C'mon everybody! A Chet Atkins model transformed by a legendary rock 'n' roll founding father, this baby is decked out with all the late, great artist's personal modifications. The dog ear neck pickup is a gonna raise a fuss and the DynaSonic bridge pickup is a gonna raise a holler! Other features on the electric guitar include a clear pickguard, Bigsby B6CB vibrato tailpiece, rosewood fingerboard with vintage western motif, wide-block inlays, routed G brand, Grover Sta-Tite machine heads, arrow knobs, aged binding, gold hardware, and Western Maple Stain finish.


  • Body Style: Single Cutaway
  • Scale Length: 24.6" (625mm)
  • Top: Arched Laminated Maple
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Maple Body, 16" Wide, 2.75" Deep
  • Neck: 3-Piece Maple
  • Pickups: 1 Lindy Fralin Dog Ear Single-Coil Pickup (Neck),
  • 1 Dynasonic Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
  • Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
  • Master Volume,
  • Master Tone
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 12" Radius (305mm)
  • Bridge: Rosewood-Based Polished Aluminum Compensated Bigsby
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B6CBVF Vibrato Tailpiece
  • Hardware: Polished Aluminum and Gold-Plated
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • No. of Frets: 22
  • Machine Heads: Gold-Plated Grover V98G Sta-Tite Die-Cast Tuners
  • Unique Features: Western Block Inlay Position Markers of Cactus and Steerheads, G Brand on the Body, Polished Metal Brass Nut, Bound Fingerboard and Headstock, Multiple Body Bindings, Curly Maple Headstock Overlay, Inlaid Pearloid Steerhead and Gretsch Logo on Headstock, Bound Oversized F-Holes, Clear Plexi Pickguard with Chet Atkins Signature Signpost, Aluminum Bigsby Paired with Gold-Plated Hardware, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod
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Gretsch® Instrument Limited Lifetime Warranty FMIC warrants your Gretsch brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Gretsch Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. FMIC has established a network of independent Authorized Service Centers for warranty service. The Gretsch Dealer from whom you purchased your instrument may also be authorized for warranty service and should be the first point of contact when service of any kind is required for your Gretsch instrument. To receive warranty service, return the complete instrument to an Authorized Service Center, with your sales receipt as proof of purchase, during the applicable warranty period. Defective components that qualify for coverage under this warranty will be repaired or replaced (at FMIC's discretion) without charge. Remedies beyond normal service repair of any Gretsch instrument require both an evaluation and confirmation of the defect and a direct recommendation to FMIC from an Authorized Service Center for alternative considerations. All transportation, insurance and freight charges associated with warranty service and repairs on Gretsch instruments are the responsibility of the purchaser, as is any service initiated for the purpose of customizing setups or adjustments beyond factory specifications. Initial standard setup and adjustment of the instrument and its components at the time of purchase are considered normal Dealer product preparation, and are not covered by this warranty. See complete details at

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Close As You Can Get

By Boppin' Cat

from Denton, Texas, USA

Gretsch isn't allowed to say it but I can - this is the Eddie Cochran model. Eddie replaced the neck pickup on his 1957 6120 with a Gibson P-90 (you should too if you buy this guitar). Eddie didn't like someone else's name on the pickguard so he sanded the paint off the back. Gretsch kept their logo (understandably) but used a clear pickguard. Out of the box this guitar is close but if you replace the stock pickups with a Gibson P-90 and a Dynasonic bridge pickup you will be as close to Eddie's guitar as you can get without buying and modifying an original '57 6120 (which would be insane). Have someone that knows what they are doing set this guitar up for you and use heavier gage strings (.011 high E minimum; .012 is better) and you will LOVE the sound and feel. With a little slapback echo this guitar is perfect for Rockabilly and also great for blues. It ain't cheap but it is solid, reliable, well built, and plays and sounds great. Gretsch is proud of their cases - they are heavy - but they are tough. If you want a bluesy-twang and a big box axe that can get pretty dang loud without feedback, the Gretsch G6120W-1957 is as close as you can get to a 50's original for less than the price of a used car.

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rockabilly music

By guitarpicker

from lathrop ca

I owen it and its a guitar for some type of music mainly i use it for the rockabilly sound. I found tat with a few ajustments you (set-up) you can get some nice bluesy sounds It has a really nice feel About the only thing that have changed is the pickups i put the org. gibson p-90 and dyna sonic in because the others was not quit as hot as i hoped but other then that i enjoy playing my gresch

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Who needs a Gibson hollowbody?

By Jimmy

from Edmond, Oklahoma

I bought this guitar used, but in great condition. For the last 4 years, I've taken my guitar to work or school with me everyday, and done a lot of gigging. But it seems no matter how hard i use the guitar, it never shows any signs of wear and tear you would expect to see on a well used guitar. This baby is built to last. Besides the solid construction, the tone this thing gets is nothing short of beautiful. Im a jazz musician, and i run through a Fender Twin Reverb or a Fender Stage 100. The smooth, buttery tone from the neck pickup with the tone rolled about 2/3rds of the way down is simply unbeatable. I've played on several Gibson hollowbodies, but I have to say i perfer the tone of my Gretsch. It's not trying to be an imitation of the Gibson sound, but it is rather a very unique sound all its own. The only drawback, and its a very minor one, is that the front pickup is just a little buzzy. Its realy not that bad, but after trying a couple diffrent noise suppressors, i found that the Boss noise suppressor pedal had almost no effect on my tone and sustain, and killed all of the buzz when i wasn't playing. But overall, this is a beautiful guitar with a beautiful sound. I highly recommend it.


I'm having a nervous breakdown!

By Jeff Jackson

from Tennessee

Wow, that was a lot of cash to throw down on a guitar. I had all the symptoms of buyers remorse at the register. The total nearly took my breath away and the floor felt like it was tilting. Seriously. I�ۡ���m not particularly tight with my money but even my palms were sweating! I hadn�ۡ���t seen the guitar either and I suppose that added to my nausea. I traded in my recently purchased 5120 and every bit of cash in my wallet (along with my MIM Strat) for this guitar used. It popped up in the used gear section from another store and they worked it out over the phone to have it shipped to me. This is absolutely an Eddie Cochran guitar. I�ۡ���ll compare it slightly to the 5120 that led me to purchase this 6120. The body is a little thinner and I like that. I was getting a bit of tennis elbow off my 5120 and that is completely gone with my used 6120w-57. The Bigsby (licensed on this one) has a longer spring and sits higher. It�ۡ���s right there. It practically know when you�ۡ���re going to use it and moves accordingly. I�ۡ���d compare it to the MIM Strat I traded it for but there seriously is no comparison. And believe it or not I can actually pull off more on my 6120 than I ever could with the Strat. No offense Fender �ۡ���� and none taken since you own Gretsch now. I�ۡ���m not a big western fan nor did I play lots of Cowboys and Indians growing up but this guitar WILL convert you. The �ۡ��̏G�ۡ�ݕ�_ brand (routed on the post FMIC and screened on the pre FMIC) along with a decked out western motif on the fret board looks amazing paired with the western maple stain. This guitar is straight western and that�ۡ���s awesome. I�ۡ���ll put it this way: I married the right woman. I no longer walk around GC dreaming about all the guitars I can�ۡ���t afford. Forget all that, I�ۡ���ve got my 6120.

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