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Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Featured as Premier Guitar of the Month

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A 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Hollowbody is featured in Premier Guitar’s April issue as the “Guitar of the Month.”

As PG notes, the 6120 has been the guitar of choice for several marquee guitarists including Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy and Brian Setzer, whose main axe is serial number 33024.

It was Setzer’s model that Fred Stucky, guitarist/singer for the Philadelphia-based rockabilly/garage-country band Gas Money, had in mind when he shopped around for his 6120.

“I was looking for my first ’59 6120, and I wanted it to be close in serial-number to Setzer’s,” Stucky told PG of the guitar with serial number 33002 that he purchased at the Dallas Guitar Show in 1990 for $2500. “I knew even back then, 20 years ago, that Gretsches within certain production batches were better than others. That 33000 batch is pretty special. It was the last batch of 2.75”-deep 6120s with an enamel-faced B6 Bigsby vibrato. They also have the light treselte bracing and, purportedly, a slightly thinner top.”

Pick up the issue and flip to 181 for more details on how Stucky modified his Gretsch to achieve Setzer’s early-80s dirty tone.


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Watch Gretsch Master Builder Discuss G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet

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Gretsch Senior Master Builder Stephen Sterns dives into the new Gretsch Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet guitar in this video with Premier Guitar.

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Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Readies Pinkburst Guitars for Auction

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Over the last three years, Twisted Sister rhythm guitarist John French Segall commissioned Gretsch and a dozen other guitar makers to custom design a lineup of 25 exquisite “pinkburst” guitars, basses and amplifiers for the Pinkburst Project, which will benefit research into uveitis, a disease responsible for 10 percent of blindness in the United States. French’s 17-year-old daughter Samantha was diagnosed with the disease at age 6.

The finished collection is featured in Premier Guitar’s February issue, which features a custom-built Gretsch G6120 on its cover.

The guitars will be auctioned off on May 1 during the Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to the auction, Twisted Sister will also throw a concert, “The Pinkburst Project: An Evening with Twisted Sister and Friends benefiting the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation,” on Friday, April 29 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Tickets are now on sale here.

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Rig Rundown with Reverend Horton Heat

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Rockabilly’s Reverend Horton Heat recently caught up with Premier Guitar for a rig rundown. Watch below as the Gretsch signature artist gets into the details about his model.

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Gretsch Q&A in Premier Guitar

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In its October issue, Premier Guitar features a great article on Gretsch guitars. Both Fred Gretsch and Joe Carducci (Gretsch Product Specialist) take turns answering questions from Premier Guitar readers, such as this question from Joel Trumbach.

“My fantasy guitar would be a Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, but I am a little perplexed with the tone-switching feature. Can you briefly explain that?” asks Trumbach.

“The mysterious tone switch, often referred to as the ‘mud switch,’ was Chet Atkins’ idea,” answers Carducci. “He wanted to be able to quickly change the tone of the guitar on the fly. It’s indeed a hip idea when used in that context. When holding the Country Gentleman in the playing position and looking down on the two switches on the upper bout, the tone switch is on the right (the pickup selector is on the left). In the center position, the tone switch is completely out of the circuit and the overall amplified sound will be as bright as possible in all pickup combinations. In the down position, the sound is like setting a rotary tone control on about is similar to setting a rotary tone control on about ’5,’ creating a warm, bass-y tone ideal for your favorite jazz licks, fingerstyle pickin’, or rhythm comping.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

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