1 crowbone 3 months ago From Adrian Belew's Facebook page:if you were to ask me which of the world’s great guitarists do I wish could play like, the answer would be the man this guitar is named after: Mr. Guitar, Chet Atkins. if you’re thinking, “adrian would like to be a country guitar player?” then you haven’t really listened enough to Chet Atkins.until recently I only ever owned 1 actual vintage guitar, this 1962 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model. (now I have 2 vintage italian guitars as well).these big beautiful Gretsch guitars are in a class all their own. if I were president of the world every guitar player would be issued at least one of these. it’s a unique experience. I bought this guitar in the early 90’s from my friend and vintage guitar dealer Dewey Bowen, who also made the early locking tuners I once used. Dewey and his brother own Freedom Guitars, one of the largest vintage shops in california. it still has its price tag on it: $3500. (Dewey gave me a better deal). he said this guitar had just come in the shop recently and the owner swore it had been in its case underneath a bed untouched for years. judging by its pristine condition, it is possible.the guitar features two Filtertron pickups which give it that “great gretsch sound”. it has a mute switch which comes up between the bridge and the bridge pickup. for those of you old enough to remember the Herman’s Hermits hit “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” the plankety plink sound of the guitar in that song is a mute. they are rare for a reason.it has a Gretsch by Bigsby vibrato, gold hardware, painted F-holes, cream inlays around the body and neck, and a cushion on the back customary on this model, all in near-perfect condition. it wears D’Addario EHR310 semi-flat wound strings true to its era.when it arrived, I pulled it out its case, hugged it, and immediately began playing a new song which would eventually become “Six String” on the Op Zop Too Wah album. a song about loving a guitar. just like the baby blue Fender fretless, someone left the song in there.with so many great Gretsch models to choose from I’m thinking this will not be my only one for long.