- Owned by
- Dr. Buddy Mercury
- Body style
- Single Cutaway Hollowbody
- Jet Black
- Rosewood with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
- TV Jones Classic (bridge)
- Master Volume
- Tone Switch
- G-Arrow knobs
- Bigsby B-6
this guitar was bought in 2015 as a piece of junk off of ebay and Curt Wilson brought it back to life in an amazing way by completely refinishing it, but to brand new specs, not original.
the hilo-tron pick-up was removed and replaced with a TV-Jones classic filtertron that was moved to the bridge position. The neck position hole was covered over. the tone switch was disabled but left in place, with original wiring still intact.
the g-tailpiece was removed and replaced with a B-6 bigsby.
The space control bridge was replaced with a Tru-Arc.
the headstock was redone, the single anniversary plate was removed and a classic 6120 mother of pearl horseshoe was applied. As well as a custom truss rod cover that says "the vicar"
the body was completely refinished, a really bad black was stripped off as well as the original smoke green and a new black lacquer was applied with white pin stripes.
the original pickguard and pick up ring were replaced with custom white ones from paul setzer.
finally new chrome strap buttons were added.
- Unusual factory features
The body style (bracing, feel, and so forth) is very similar to earlier 6120's (personally I'd say 1958/59) just an interesting thing since it's so much later.
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- 3 years ago Last modified 2018-03-19 15:56:14
In November of 2015, I, Buddy Mercury, purchased this guitar from the website eBay.com, and picked it up in person outside Baltimore, MD. It cost approximately five hundred dollars.
I attempted to acquire the provenance of the guitar from the seller, but they said they had purchased it at a second hand shop and knew nothing about it. So the life of the guitar before it came into my possession is a mystery to me.
In may of 2015 I left my home in the neighborhood of fishtown philadelphia because my wife and I divorced. I left behind my beloved 2006 Tennessee Rose. She had bought it for me as a gift and I wasn't sure what to do with it. In the summer I decided I needed to continue playing so I purchased a 1960 tennessean, because I had always wanted a vintage guitar. That guitar needed some work, so I took it to Curt Wilson at oldschoolguitar.net in new jersey. While he fixed it up, he and I discussed the possibility of a fully custom vintage guitar. That guitar would wind up being "the vicar" which would follow about 6 months later.
This guitar is the “sister” guitar of the first guitar modified by Curt Wilson of Old School Guitars called “The Vixen” a 1960 tennessean (SN: 34922) that has been refurbished to original specs (the majority was a refinishing of the neck).
Both guitars were used in the music of “Mercury Radio Theater.” The project I started in 1999 and continue with my community here in Philadelphia to this day. I also used this guitar specifically in the music of "The Rectors" a philadelphia based psychobilly band I started with this guitar in mind specifically. I’d encourage whomever reads this to hunt down some original recordings (there should be plenty in existence), to hear the voice of these guitars while I was using them.
During my time as a musician my guitars have shared the stage with musicians I’ve come to know and love. Here is a short list of bands to explore that were in close contact with this instrument: Farquar Muckenfuss, Gringo Motel, Big Lazy, F. Woods, Calibreto, Harley Poe, Dead Milkmen, West Philadelphia Orchestra, TJ Kong and his Atomic Bomb, Brood of Vipers, Blaster the Rocketman.
A video review can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/TheRectors/videos/1725349590914101/
A in-depth review can be seen in this thread: http://gretschpages.com/forum/vintage-gretsch-guitars/1962-custom-tennessean-analysis/62427/