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The Gretsch 6120 is a hollow body electric guitar with f-holes, manufactured by Gretsch and first appearing in the mid-1950s with the endorsement of Chet Atkins. It was quickly adopted by rockabilly artists Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer, Red Elvises and many others. Pete Townshend got one as a gift from Joe Walsh in 1970, which he later would use on recordings for Who's Next and Quadrophenia.
After George Harrison played Gretsch Country Gentleman and Tennessean models (which, like the 6120, were developed with and endorsed by Chet Atkins) Gretsch found they could scarcely keep up with demand.
Due to changes in musical tastes and changes in ownership in the late 1960s resulting in deteriorating quality, production of the 6120 ceased in the late 1970s. Values of the existing instruments soared when rockabilly artist Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats was seen playing an old 6120 in his early-80s music videos. Gretsch subsequently went back into the guitar business and new 6120 guitars are widely available.
Today, a wide range of 6120 models are available, including an assortment of Brian Setzer signature models and faithful reissues of 50s classics. Like most Gretsch guitars, production is now based in Japan, although custom-shop American-made 6120s are also available.
Note that in the mid-60s, the proper name of the 6120 changed from "6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body" to "6120 Nashville", but the original name is again in use, although a Brian Setzer signature model is called the "Brian Setzer Nashville" (another 6120 is called the Brian Setzer Hot Rod).
Brian Setzer Collection
- Brian Setzer Nashville
- G6120SH - Brian Setzer Hot Rod (using "Hot Rod" FilterTron or TV Jones pickups)
Chet Atkins Collection
- Chet Atkins Hollow Body (including several reissue models and "DynaSonic" pickups on others).
- 6120KS — Keith Scott
- 6120RHH — The Reverend Horton Heat
- 6120CC — Chris Cheney
- 6120DE — Duane Eddy
- 6120EC — Eddie Cochran