NGD: Finally joined the Gretsch club - 1965 Chet Atkins 6120 Nashville

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  1. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    After 29 years of playing guitar, I got bit by the Gretsch bug. I never really had much of an inkling for them until I just happened upon a '64 6122 Country Gentleman in a local shop here in Birmingham. I really liked the sound of the pickups and the overall vibe and came really close to going for it, but realized that I really prefer the orange finish on this era of Gretsch, so I decided to hold out and keep an eye out for what I really wanted. I ended up getting finding a '64 (actually '65 based on the pots) 6120 Nashville from the Music Zoo a few weeks ago and made a deal.

    I A/B'd it with my Memphis ES-345 and it really does have a different sound. My thought was that this would be similar enough to replace it, but I'm starting to question that as they are much more different guitars than I initially thought. These are traditionally not rock-type guitars, but I've found that the bridge pickup is magic with some overdrive.

    Ii got it last week and took a few pictures on my day off yesterday.

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    Hi bossaddict! Congratulations discovering the Gretsch world with this new guitar. With the closed F-holes, it is very close to the 6122 of the time but it certainly is the 6120 Nashville.

    Because I was a big Stray Cats fan, I always wanted the tone but was stuck in my ways owning nothing but Strats from 1987 until 2009. I then bought an '07 Setzer model Black Phoenix and really was impressed with the feel and versatility and your 6120 is even more versatile.

    Your "honeymoon" with this should be great as you learn the many tonal possibilities you might not have though existed with a Gretsch. Most who dive into the Gretsch world are taken by it and usually is never one-and-done as GAS for another Gretsch usually is ever present.

    Have fun with this and welcome to the world of Gretsch!

    Great call getting it from the Music Zoo. Their store is only 25 minutes from where I live and they are excellent to deal with. Congrats!!!!
     
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    Congrats on the Gretsch.
    Let’s hear some Stray Cats!
     
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    So very nice!
     
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    Stray Cats? Harrumph.... How about the most iconic Gretsch music?






    Despite all his on-stage Gibson antics... the classic-rock sound of The Who was a Gretsch 6120. Used for almost all of Who's Next, and Quadrophenia.


    The guitar was a gift from Joe Walsh. As with Jimmy Page....if you get a guitar from Joe Walsh, it apparently comes with some magic inside!
     
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    I'm just thankful no one requested any Chet Atkins. :p
     
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