Brian Setzer signature models

When Brian Setzer became a Gretsch signature endorser in the early 90s, he was already easily one of the best-known and loved Gretsch players around. In the years since, he’s practically become Mr. Gretsch, acting as a both a high-profile ambassador for the brand and a source for new ideas to expand the range.

His signature guitars have expanded from a single model, very loosely based on his beloved ‘59/‘60 examples, to a wide range, including the Hot Rods and Black Phoenix.

When Brian Setzer became a Gretsch signature endorser in the early 90s, he was already easily one of the best-known and loved Gretsch players around. In the years since, he’s practically become Mr. Gretsch, acting as a both a high-profile ambassador for the brand and a source for new ideas to expand the range.

His signature guitars have expanded from a single model, very loosely based on his beloved ‘59/‘60 examples, to a wide range, including the Hot Rods and Black Phoenix.

When Brian Setzer became a Gretsch signature endorser in the early 90s, he was already easily one of the best-known and loved Gretsch players around. In the years since, he’s practically become Mr. Gretsch, acting as a both a high-profile ambassador for the brand and a source for new ideas to expand the range.

His signature guitars have expanded from a single model, very loosely based on his beloved ‘59/‘60 examples, to a wide range, including the Hot Rods and Black Phoenix.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 23 different models and 170 examples in the Brian Setzer signature models family, including Brian Setzer, Brian Setzer Black Phoenix, Brian Setzer Hot Rod, Brian Setzer Nashville, Brian Setzer Nashville Flame Maple and Brian Setzer Tribute models.

Guitar models in the Brian Setzer signature models group

6120-BSHR-RRT
Documented years: 2014

Roman Red Hot Rod, with Tremolo

6120-SHA Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 1997 to 2013

Candy Apple Red Hot Rod version.

6120-SHATV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2005 to 2013

Candy Apple Red Hot Rod with TV Jones pickups.

6120-SHB Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 1999 to 2014

The blue version of the Hot Rod line.

6120-SHBK Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2003 to 2005

The black version of the Brian Setzer Hot Rod line.

6120-SHBKTV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2003 to 2013

The black version of the Brian Setzer Hot Rod line, with TV Jones pickups.

6120-SHBTV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2007 to 2014

The blue version of the Hot Rod line, with TV Jones pickups.

6120-SHL Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: None

And now for something completely different: A Lime Gold Hot Rod.

6120-SHLTV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2004

Lime Gold with TV Jones pickups.

6120-SHP Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2001 to 2009

The purple version of the Brian Setzer Hot Rod line.

6120-SHPTV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2003

Purple with TV Jones pickups.

6120-SHT Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 1999 to 2015

Gretsch has had many shades of orange, but only the 6120-SHT Hot Rod called itself Tangerine.

6120-SHTTV Brian Setzer Hot Rod
Documented years: 2008

Tangerine Hot Rod withTV Jones pickups.

6120-SSC Brian Setzer Tribute
Documented years: 2007

A very limited-edition, and very expensive, custom shop Brian Setzer 6120.

6120-SSL Brian Setzer
Documented years: 1993 to 2010

Lacquer-finished.

6120-SSL-OFLM Brian Setzer Nashville Flame Maple
Documented years: None

Setzer Signature model featuring a flame maple top, TV Jones Setzer Signature pickups, Schaller straplocks, and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

6120-SSLVO Brian Setzer
Documented years: 2003 to 2013

The Setzer signature 6120, in vintage orange lacquer.

6120-SSU Brian Setzer
Documented years: 1993 to 2014

The standard Brian Setzer signature model in orange, with a urethane finish.

6120-SSU-BK Brian Setzer Nashville
Documented years: None

The standard Brian Setzer model in a black urethane finish; with TV Jones Setzer Signature pickups.

6120-SSU-OFLM Brian Setzer Nashville Flame Maple
Documented years: None

Setzer Signature model featuring a flame maple top, TV Jones Setzer Signature pickups, Schaller straplocks, and a urethane finish.

6120-SSUGR Brian Setzer
Documented years: 1997 to 2013

The standard Brian Setzer signature model in green, with a urethane finish.

6120-SSULH Brian Setzer
Documented years: 2012

Left handed version of the Setzer 6120-SSU

6136-SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix
Documented years: 2005 to 2014

The G6136SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix was designed and built to Brian’s demanding specifications. “All the right stuff with a little glitz thrown in for good measure!” Features include 1959 Trestle Bracing, TV Jones Classic pickups, pinned Adjustomatic Bridge, Bigsby B6C Vibrato and silver sparkle binding. Schaller straplocks and Grover ...