Gretsch-GEAR 6120 models 6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody/Nashville

1963 Gretsch 6120: 53940

Owned by
Unknown
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Sunset Orange
Fretboard
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
Vintage "Patent Number" FilterTron
Tuners
Waverly
Bridge
Space Control
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)
Modifications

The single-lever string mute and the gold Plexi pickguard with the Chet Atkins signature which had broken were removed by John Lennon's cousin, David Birch. The neck was reportedly repaired to rectify a small crack and the Gretsch chrome rocking bar bridge was modified to a Gretsch Space Control bridge. The tuners were also replaced as one of them had been broken but the originals (identified by David Birch as Grover Sta-Tite tuners) were kept. Birch reports that, recently, the original tuners were put back on the guitar with the broken one having been repaired.

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4 years ago Last modified 2014-10-08 14:06:56

This was the Paperback Writer guitar used by John Lennon during the song's recording sessions on April 13 & 14, 1966, in EMI Studio 3. It is scheduled for auction in November 2014.

The tuners are standard Waverly machines.

Thanks for adding this historic 6120.

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