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The Chet Atkins range

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by firstrebel, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. firstrebel

    firstrebel Gretschie

    Jul 11, 2012
    Uxbridge, UK
    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.

  2. jmiked

    jmiked Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2009
    They don't all have the same neck width: the 6122-1959 and 6120-CGP both have 1.75" nut widths.

  3. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    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!
    Try as many as you can before you buy.
  4. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    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.
  5. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    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.
  6. jallawalla

    jallawalla Electromatic

    Nov 30, 2010
    London, UK
    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.
  7. firstrebel

    firstrebel Gretschie

    Jul 11, 2012
    Uxbridge, UK