Vintage Gretsch Guitars

What’s your favourite 6120 year & why?

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The fretboard of the 1st 6120 labeled as a 6120

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The master #33002. 59'Body--60' year model. Modified in 1990 to be just like Brians. Never let me down.

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Danman playing the 54' a few years ago. I'm done now ----Stepping away from computer :)

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Danman playing the 54' a few years ago. I'm done now ----Stepping away from computer :)

– Gasmoney

Ha ha, that’s a nice memory to wake up to this morning! And it’s still a great feeling that I was allowed to hold the very first one!

I have been thinking about my favorite 6120 year and have been having trouble deciding.
I love both DeArmonds and Filtertrons for different reasons and different uses. But I have mainly been playing solid bodies the past decade, my 71 Tele and my 59 LP junior. And P90s are my favorite pick ups. So a 6120 with two P90s would be my dream hollow body…..

For me there are three things:
1-The feel. Because I mostly have been playing solid bodies I love the compact feel of the slightly thinner 1960 model and of course the 61 model feels great to me too. And I love the tightness and compression because of the trestle bracing. These years feel very balanced and tight and sturdy to me.

2- The sound: Very tough to decide. Filtertrons and DeArmonds are both great pick ups and I like them both for different uses and sounds.

3- The look. Because The Stray cats were my introduction to Gretsch in 1980 and the 6120 became my dream guitar then, I love the look of the thumbnails and Filtertrons. So it’s a kind of nostalgic thing for me. And because I own the 1960 6120 that is used on the GDP Home page, I have to say the 1960 model. But when I play an earlier one I can’t find anything wrong with those either…. ; )

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Awesome pic of Danman. Made my morning that one

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Awesome pic of Danman. Made my morning that one

– Shuggie

Ha ha, mine too......

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Well come on Danman let's have some pics of the 1960!

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While we wait on Dan's pic,here's my 57!

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Great read GasMoney. Have admired your collection and playing in your videos

– elvis castro

It was a great day when Fred brought several of his 6120s to a roundup.

Many oogled, but were afraid to touch.

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1955/6 full western - has to be dynasonics too. Though the humpblock '57 is a close second. I saw George Harrison with one on the '85 Carl Perkins special and was instantly hooked ... alongside Duane and Eddie.. I can't be dealing with the whole Brian Setzer image thing so I've tended to shy away from them to be honest to the point that if I ever get a Gretsch hollowbody it'd be a Cadillac green Country Club.

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This early 58 is nice too. Still got some 57 features.

– gretschcrush

I doubt that's a 6120 at all. Aside from looking generally fishy, the transitional 6120 is thumbnails and DeArmonds, not humpblocks and filters. I'd guess that's a '58 Streamliner conversion. And I'm pretty sure it's been picked over on this forum in the past. I know I've seen that pic before.

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Well come on Danman let's have some pics of the 1960!

– gretschcrush

See if you recognize this picture.. ; ) It's our Home page guitar.

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Well come on Danman let's have some pics of the 1960!

– gretschcrush

And one more. It was in Ed's book on page 117, on the right.


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