Gretsch 6120 Orange 1961

The first of several Gretsch guitars with the endorsement of country legend Chet Atkins, the 6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody is a prime example of the type of guitar most commonly associated with Gretch. This electric archtop premiered in 1955 with bound F-holes, a Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, and a striking set of finishes. Like many Gretsch archtops, this model has been embraced by a number of rockabilly guitarists including Brian Setzer. Early 6120s have a large G engraved on the lower end of the body and Western-themed inlays. 

Years of Production: 1955 - 1980, 2004 - present

Unique to this Year: Control knob layout changes. Double cutaway version begins to appear towards end of year along with leather backpad. Also in 1961, F-holes become simulated (painted-on).

Body Style: Archtop hollowbody, single cutaway

Wood Composition: 
Mahogany body, Maple top, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: Simulated F-holes, Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, bar bridge, Filter'tron pickups, thumbprint inlays, leather backpad

Notable Players: Brian Setzer, Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy 

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