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Chicago Music Exchange Demos a ’63 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120

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The staff at Chicago Music Exchange recently got their hands on a 1963 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 and posted a video that got up close and personal to the classic guitar.

“We were lucky enough to purchase this from a pro player who owned, played and loved (ie. took meticulous care of) this guitar for a very long time. The original orange color is one of the most vibrant we’ve seen. The neck is smooth as silk and the thing practically plays itself and the Bigsby is extremely responsive and a joy to use. The filtertrons are chimey and thick sounding and even unplugged the guitar sings loud and clear,” the vendor wrote in the guitar’s description.

While Chicago Music Exchange’s website notes that the guitar was recently sold, you can still get a great look at the Gretsch beauty in the video below.

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Billy Duffy on his History with Gretsch

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The Cult’s legendary guitarist Billy Duffy sat down with Gretsch Guitars to talk about how he got into playing guitar with one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and why Gretsch has been such an important part of that ride.

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Six Great (Extinct) Gretsch Basses

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Today, Gretsch makes several highly acclaimed bass guitar models prized by players worldwide for their elegant style and seismic sound. When you see a Gretsch bass, it’s usually in the hands of a bassist who truly prizes a fine instrument and who truly appreciates the Gretsch name and tradition.

Well before its fine modern-era basses, however, Gretsch made some very, shall we say, interesting forays into the bass guitar world. From its first, shall we say, unusual model in the early 1960s to another, shall we say, distinctive model at the dawn of the 1980s, Gretsch indeed truly went its own, shall we say, unconventional way when it came to anchoring the low end.

Submitted for your approval here are six remarkable—and quite extinct—examples of Gretsch bass guitar history, starting at the very beginning. (more…)

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Gretsch Duo Jet Appears On Antiques Roadshow

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A 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet recently appeared on PBS’ popular appraisal program Antiques Roadshow.

The guitar is a family heirloom that was played on stage and on the radio by the owners’ father and grandfather.

How much did Richard Johnston of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, Calif., appraise it for?

Watch the video below to find out.

Watch Appraisal: 1957 Gretsch Duo-Jet on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

For more information, visit the Antiques Roadshow website.

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John Lennon’s Gretsch G6120DC Featured In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame naturally has an extensive Beatles exhibit, and that collection was recently bolstered by the addition of John Lennon’s 1963 Gretsch G6120DC guitar.

Howard Kramer, the H.O.F.’s curatorial director, explained that Lennon that the guitar was mainly kept in the studio.

“John picked up this guitar in 1966.  He used it in the sessions for ‘Paperback Writer, but in fact, he never even played it on stage,” Kramer said.

Learn more in the video below.

Click here for a look at some highlights of the Beatles exhibit.

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