Admin Post This isn’t the first time I’ve started such a thread, but I thought it was time to give it another go, especially in view of the fact that I have changed the specs of my dream Gretsch considerably. In 2011, I bought a 6120 DC which had been built at Dyna Gakki and weighed in at a featherweight 7 pounds. Eventually, I modified this guitar buy adding the same pickups that came on my G6122-1959, a modern reproduction of Chet Atkins 1959 Gent, complete with a Supertron in the neck position and a Baldwin era Filtertron in the bridge position. This was duplicated in our day by using a TV Jones Supertron in the neck position and a TV Jones Classic + in the bridge. It does come startlingly close to the sound of Chet’s Gent and this pickup combo in the 6120 DC gives a slightly warmer variant of the same basic sound. However, the DC does have one significant limitation. Because of the presence of the mute, the bridge pickup is displaced towards the neck of the guitar and does not have quite the treble bark it would have were it right next to the bridge. FWIW, the mute, if adjusted slightly lower than spec, makes for a passable electric sitar sound. Since buying the DC and the Gent I have added a couple of Guilds to the mix, a Starfire III and a T-400, both having Guild mini humbuckers, which have similar clarity and focus to a Filtertron, but with a slightly different tonal pallette. While I love the sound of these guitars, I’m not thrilled with the four-knob control set and the lack of a master volume control. They come close, but they are not likely to ever be my first choice for gigs. So what is the Synchro Signature model, circa 2017? Somewhere along the line, I had the opportunity to buy a G6119-1959, which is a transparent red Tennessean (I’m using the name it would have had in 1959) with a single pickup in the bridge position and trestle bracing. This guitar was featured on the cover of Chet Atkins’ Workshop, an album released in 1960, with no Country music, but did have some Pop and Jazz of its era, including a very impressive version of Lullaby of Byrdland. The guitar came with a very simple control set, a master volume and a three-position tone switch. As good as the guitar was, having only one pickup did prove a significant limitation. I finally bit the bullet and cut in a second pickup in the neck position. Because the bridge pickup was a Powertron, I decided to choos the same for the neck pickup. I removed the tone switch and installed a pickup switch in its place. The pick guard had to be notched and, of course, I had to dust off my soldering iron, but at the end of it all I had a very nice, clean conversion. So, what did I end up with after all of this effort? Sonically, the guitar is quite good. I set the volume knob at roughly 75% as a starting point and get a great clean sound. We do a fair amount of Surf and Instrumental Rock and this delivers a clean sound in keeping with the late ‘50s and early ‘60s conventions. The only effect I use is reverb, and this guitar works quite well as a clean tone source. If I crank the volume all the way up, it remains clean through a Fender Deluxe Reverb set at 4 on the volume, but it’s definitely going the amp plenty of signal to work with. Id I were to add a degree of clean boost the amp would break up noticeably at these settings. Because I go for a clean sound, this is perfect, giving me just the right amount of character and sonic complexity, but never losing definition. The feedback resistance is quite good, but if I were to face the amp directly, there would be feedback. Overall, it's a very serviceable Gretsch with a powerful sound, but still recognizably similar to the Chet sound I've craved since I started playing, back in 1966. This guitar is my go to axe for gigs. Structurally, this guitar is probably most similar to a Brian Setzer Hot Rod, albeit with Powertron pickups. It has the same “gas pedal and a gear shift” control set and the same level of usability results therefrom. For the fast-paced environment of a gig, nothing beats simplicity. Were I to try and duplicate this guitar functionally from the current Gretsch catalog, any trestle-braced 6120, including the Setzer Hot Rod, would be a good starting point. In fact the Hot Rod would probably be my first choice, although the G6120T-59 would work or the G6118T-60 or G6119T might be a less expensive way of accomplishing the same overall effect, considering that either solution would require a pickup swap. The G6119T-59 would probably get you close, albeit still requiring a pickup swap, but adding the feedback resistance benefits of a closed top and the surprisingly useful standby switch. The G6120T-59CAR would come quite close also and a swap to silver pickup rings and pickguard would make for a near look alike. But enough about me, what would you spec as a the (your screen name here) Signature Model?