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Music Radar Lists 15 Gretsch Electric Guitar Stars

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Music Radar put together a of list of acclaimed Gretsch-wielding artists, ranging from rockabilly pioneers to new-wave metallers.

Below are some of the names on the list…

- Eddie Cochran. This rockabilly pioneer only ever played his Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow-body during his all-too brief life and career, and was recently honored with a 6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body model.

- Bo Diddley. Known for his energetic performances, numerous contributions to rock ‘n’ roll and his distinctive G5810 Bo Diddley model, Bo Diddley is true icon and a true Gretsch aficionado.

- Malcom Young. The AC/DC Gretsch-wielding guitarist received his first Gretsch, a 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird,  from his brother George. Over the years, he added White Falcon guitars to the mix and eventually received his own Gretsch signature model.

See who else made Music Radar’s list here.

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Introducing the New 6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body Guitar

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Gretsch proudly honors the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran with the G6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body guitar model. The instrument is a single-cutaway beauty with western motif and full, resonant sound that combines features based directly on Cochran’s main guitar, the orange Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow body guitar. This signature model comes hot on the heels of the acclaimed, limited edition G6129EC Eddie Cochran Tribute Custom Shop guitar.

During his all-too brief life and career, Cochran (1938-1960) only ever played the Chet Atkins hollow-body he bought brand-new in 1955 at age 16 from the Bell Gardens Music Center in his hometown, Bell Gardens, Calif.

It was this guitar that Cochran played on hits such as “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” “C’mon Everybody,” “Somethin’ Else,” “Nervous Breakdown” and “Sittin’ in the Balcony,” which influenced generations of guitarists. And it was this guitar that was in the trunk of the car on the April 1960 night that Cochran met his tragic and untimely fate on a winding rural road in Chippenham, England.

The G6120’s elegant single-cutaway hollow body has an arched, three-ply maple back and sides with parallel bracing and double-bound f holes. The two-piece maple neck has black and white single-ply binding and a polished brass nut. Other features include a 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 standard frets and western-themed pearloid inlays (cacti, steer horns and fences); DynaSonic single-coil bridge pickup and Lindy Fralin “Dog Ear” single-coil neck pickup with three-position switching; opaque plexi pickguard bearing Gretsch logo; aluminum bridge with rosewood base, Bigsby® B6GBVF vibrato tailpiece; gold G-arrow control knobs and gold-plated, chrome and aluminum hardware; gold-plated Grover® V98G Sta-Tite tuners; elegant “Western Maple Stain” finish; and deluxe hard shell case.

View more product details here.

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