Vintage Gretsch Guitars

Neil Young’s Gretsch 6120’s

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Found it!

You want plaid, laddie? Here's yer plaid!

:)

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i had a rather spectacular pair of green/black/red tartan bellbottom trousers my gay elder brother gave me when i was like 12 c.1968. he assured me that they were the height of fashion on Bleecker Street, and i felt very au courant wearing them to Simmons Upper Grade Center.

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Deed, may i quote and identify you regarding the Guild 12-string conversion? i follow Croz on Twitter and there was a recent thread speculating as to the identity of that guitar; as of now David himself is apparently unsure of its origin or fate, and it's been a topic of speculation among fans literally for decades. in the Twitter thread folks did identify it as a Guild body, but i've never heard anything more specific. given how awful things have been just lately i'm trying to do nice things for people and it would be neat to tell him about this. and given the depth of your knowledge of mid-20th-century American popular music, if i relay it from you it's entirely more authoritative. or if you're on Twitter you could ping him @thedavidcrosby.

– macphisto

Mac, This is something I have researched and it was Stephen that had the Duane Eddy Model Guild converted to a 12. I am assuming that it was a DE-400 because he played a blonde 400 quite a bit in the early days of the Springfield. He let Crosby play it until Crosby had one made from a Gibson Crest guitar body.

Here is the Guild conversion:

Here is the Gibson conversion:

The Gibson had electronics by Alembic and I think it was a luthier with the name of Mario Martello or something like that. Not sure if he did the Guild as well but it is definitely a possibility.

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Mac, This is something I have researched and it was Stephen that had the Duane Eddy Model Guild converted to a 12. I am assuming that it was a DE-400 because he played a blonde 400 quite a bit in the early days of the Springfield. He let Crosby play it until Crosby had one made from a Gibson Crest guitar body.

Here is the Guild conversion:

Here is the Gibson conversion:

The Gibson had electronics by Alembic and I think it was a luthier with the name of Mario Martello or something like that. Not sure if he did the Guild as well but it is definitely a possibility.

– Don Birchett

In that first picture I see a White Falcon peeking from the left.

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Neil added a "normal" Falcon to his Arsenal in the Springfield.

Later, Stills got a stereo Falcon. They traded Falcons, and each made their musical history with their new Birds.

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And here's a late '61 Gent with the same switch placement.

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Late to the party,but I just watched this interview the other day. Pretty good recollections I think.Link

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Thanks for posting Opie. After seeing that interview and digging around the web some more, I'm about 90% convinced that there was a third 6120 as seen in the Whittier photos. There are a few clearer pics of that show and the switch tip placement looks to be standard, not like the "edgy" ones on the '61.

The Squires 6120 looks to be a '60 model due to the V-cut Bigsby, heel dowel and body depth (2.75" or 2.5"). And it's flamey; lots of flame going on in '60 as documented in Ed Ball's 6120 book. This is the one that was allegedly traded (for a 12-string or golf clubs), so that leaves two.

According to Neil in the interview, he still has the '61 and another 6120 -- quite possibly the Whittier one -- was traded to Jim Messina for Old Black, according to both parties. Whether or not this is the one at the Denmark St. store is questionable given that shop's reputation.

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And here's a late '61 Gent with the same switch placement.

– Afire

That looks almost exactly like the #6122 I got to play of Stephen's about 1971, except it has the dreded "mutes" and Stephen's didn't. I seem to recall the he had 2 of them and when I got to play his 50 years ago it was more red like a Tenny..


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