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Old October 22nd, 2012, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Chet Atkins range

I have been looking at the Chet Atkins range in the 6122 and 6120 series and can't see a lot of differences.

The 6122 are mostly walnut and the 6120 have a variety of colours. The 6122-59 has TVJ's and the others have HSFT's. Neck widths are all the same and most the 6122's have simulated f-holes. Some have mud switch; some have tone control.

So apart from the 6122-59 with TVJ's there appears not to be much difference.

Am I missing something or is it part of the master plan to give us GAS. I am needing another Gretsch and toying with one of the above.

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Old October 25th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They don't all have the same neck width: the 6122-1959 and 6120-CGP both have 1.75" nut widths.

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I have one of the older models, a 6120-60 from 1994, and in many ways I prefer it to my newer 57 re-issue, although the tone switch is only any use as a paperweight...mud or more mud! It's the neck, really. It fits my hand really well, and has a flattened D profile that makes my 57 feel like a bat in comparison. It's not, it just feels that way.
The 94 version has a tone post, and TBH it makes no difference live. It's also much louder unplugged, and the ebony fretboard looks the nuts!
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Of course there's the obvious difference of the 6120 being a 16-inch wide body, and the 6122 being 17-inches. The sealed-top of the 6122 is a significant difference tone-wise to the open f-hole 6120.
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I have been looking at the Chet Atkins range in the 6122 and 6120 series and can't see a lot of differences.

The 6122 are mostly walnut and the 6120 have a variety of colours. The 6122-59 has TVJ's and the others have HSFT's. Neck widths are all the same and most the 6122's have simulated f-holes. Some have mud switch; some have tone control.

So apart from the 6122-59 with TVJ's there appears not to be much difference.

Am I missing something or is it part of the master plan to give us GAS. I am needing another Gretsch and toying with one of the above.

Bob
There's actually quite a bit of difference IMO. I have a G-6122-1959 and it lives up to its billing as being, basically, a functional replica of Chet's single-cutaway Gent. The sound is fairly bright and the pickup combo is excellent, chosen to replicate the pickups Chet used. The double-cutaway 6122s tend to be a bit darker in tonality but excellent guitars.

G-6120s are brighter, smaller and usually acoustically lively with large F holes. These are the guitar of choice for many rockabilly players. The odd man out is the G-6120 DC, a 2" thick, double-cutaway guitar with painted on soundholes. These are a bit darker than the other 6120s but capable of Rockin' out. My #1 axe is a G-6210 DC and I love the light feel of the guitar.

Here are four road tests I've done of various Gretsch models that may be of interest to you:

Eddie Cochran Signature Model.
Duane Eddy Model.
G-6210 DC.
G-6122-1959.
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And the 1962 is 24.6 scale. Some of the 6122s are 25.5.

I seem to remember that the 62 is the only one with 24.6 and 1 11/16 nut.
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Many thanks.

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