Tag Archives: Gretsch 6120
Posted: October 7, 2014
TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.
The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.
Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.
“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.
Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.
Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.
Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.
Posted: June 23, 2010
A Gretsch 6120 Nashville model guitar autographed by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush—better known as Atlanta-based country music super-duo Sugarland—will be auctioned on eBay between June 23 through June 30. The proceeds will go to support educational music programs sponsored by AthFest, Athens, Georgia’s long-running music festival.
The guitar was donated to AthFest by The Gretsch Foundation, an organization chartered by Savannah’s Fred and Dinah Gretsch to help promote music and arts education programs.
“When folks who understand the value of music as a way to enrich people’s lives work together, amazing things can be accomplished,” said Fred Gretsch.
The Gretsch Foundation donates Gretsch guitars to programs like AthFestAfterSchool, AthFest InSchool, and Keys For Kids. The guitars are decorated by major artists and/or signed by prominent musicians, and then auctioned off on eBay to raise funds. Over the past two years The Foundation has donated guitars signed by the members of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and The Drive By Truckers.