The 1950's and '60s saw Gretsch cement their place among the most iconic electric instruments, with a sound and style that sets them apart from other manufacturers to this day. The 6120 is arguably the most recognisable of the guitars produced during this period, introduced as one of a number of Chet Atkins signature models.
This 1957 6120 is a great example, from a somewhat transitional period for the model. This production year saw the 6120 stripped of most of its cowboy theme ornamentation, and would be the final year Dynasonic pickups were used, before the early PAF Filtertrons arrived in 1958. Featuring a laminate maple body with dual Dynasonic single coil pickups, this guitar is finished in a still vibrant Orange lacquer with gold hardware. The Dynasonic pickups have a unique character of their own, with a brighter, more defined sound than the later Fitlertrons. The neck features humpblock fretboard inlays, Chet Atkins decal gold pickguard, and a factory fitted Bigsby Vibrato, all of which are synonymous with the signature style found on vintage Gretsch guitars.
This guitar is in very good condition, with only minor signs of play wear to the finish. Surprisingly for a Gretsch from this period, there is next to no binding rot, with only a small patch around the neck heel having been replaced. This guitar is internally and externally original with the exception of a replacement roller bridge, with the readable pot codes showing 137 6XX. This guitar also includes a later period black and grey Gretsch case.