The 6121 Chet Atkins Solidbody is often confused with the 6130 Roundup. Both debuted in late 1954 alongside and were pretty similar, featuring the a Jet-style body with the usual western appointments — G brand, steer's head on the headstock, cactus inlays — plus recessed leather binding engraved with campfire scenes. The biggest difference -- aside from Chet Atkins' signature on the 6121, was the B3 Bigsby and maple top where the original Roundup had a knotty pine top and "belt buckle" tailpiece. The original 6121 outlived the Roundup, surviving until 1962. The biggest change along the way was a switch from DeArmond pickups to FilterTrons in 1959. Many of its features were revived for the Country Roc model in the '70s, and again in the '90s, when the 6121 features were seen again under the Roundup name. Through the '90s, the modern 6121 Roundup was a pale imitation of its once-proud self. It used the early electronic system with later-style FilterTron pickups and large headstock, making it a complete mishmash of styles, and the G brand, like on the contemporary 6120W, was obviously silkscreened on. Under Fender's guidance, the Roundup's most glaring faults were rectified.
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6121 Chet Atkins Solidbody Specs
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- The golden years: 1954-1967
- The rebirth years: 1988-2002
- The Fender years: 2003-present
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