The Ultimate 6120

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mbkri, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    So you can buy a 6120 for anywhere between about $1,400 for a used modern era model and $14,000 for a decent 50s example.
    I am fortunate to own a couple of modern era models and they are wonderful, but im wondering, if money were no object, what model, and what year would you want to have. i keep thinking about a ‘58 i played over the summer, and i cant help wondering if a 57 would be better, or a 56 or are the modern era better players? That 58 was AWESOME.
    What 6120 is your ultimate 6120?
     
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  2. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    20190515_205414 (1)a.jpg I've never played a vintage 6120, would love to try one. But for me for now, the ultimate 6120 has to be the RHH with it's 55 style Western appointments and TV Jones Classics. Best of both worlds, and a freaking awesome guitar. Was fortunate enough to find a used 2014 model at a good price here on the forum a couple years back. It is my sweetheart.
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Contented with what I have. Not vintage, but that's fine with me.

    Lively, naturally loud, great player, and it insprires me to play longer and more.

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    This is the one that won't ever get away from me.
     
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  4. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
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  5. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    497
    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
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  6. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    497
    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    The 6120 is my favorite guitar. I currently have two. As far as a dream one I really like this custom shop model....
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    but really lately I’ve been looking for a 90s model with the block inlays
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    I think the second one will be more realistic to obtain.
     
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    @G5422T ’s 6120 is the one I want!

    At the risk of being a broken record, a Poison Ivy model is the one I really want!
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    1958
     
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  8. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Thanks. It's a 6120-1959QM-LTD. There was a one batch run back in '14.
     
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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Thank you.

    Thanks. Nothing wrong being a broken record for that "model" at all!
     
  10. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Age:
    46
    Mar 6, 2011
    nj
    My buddy owns a RHH and i love it.
     
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  11. moltenmagna

    moltenmagna Electromatic

    Age:
    53
    38
    Mar 5, 2009
    Hong Kong
    I have a vintage '60. It's my most favorite (one in the avator). I also have a '59 that I love as well but it's easier to reach the top frets on the '60. I compare both to a '58 Streamliner I added a second pickup to and the Streamliner with the heavy trestle sounds darker, the bass notes boom out. All have their charm and function. I can also see how some love the '61 for sound and comfort with the smaller body.
     
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  12. moltenmagna

    moltenmagna Electromatic

    Age:
    53
    38
    Mar 5, 2009
    Hong Kong
    For vintage it is a feel thing in addition to sound. I have several modern ones too, and love them, including a modded 5120 my first Gretsch. I think modern ones could be ultimate 6120's too, because they have great specs and you don't have to worry about the problems with vintage ones: binding problems, electronics degrading with corrosion, inlays falling out, etc. all problems I've had.
     
  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I played a neglected 60ies doublecut once and it was a dog. I had the opportunity to play a late 50ies model and that was taken care for and it was like "BAMM".
    I really think that the main criteria to choose a model would be the overall playing condition the instrument is in.
    Furthermore there were many tolerances in vintage-production. I strongly believe that getting a new Gretsch of exceptional quality was like tossing a coin back in the years.

    If I could choose one (and had the money) I would prefer a good playing late 50ies/very early 60ies model with filters and trestle-bracing.
     
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  14. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Agreed. The RHH is one heck of a guitar. I don’t have a hollow body with TVJs so that would be my preference in the modern era offerings. And I LOVE western styling.
    Erm..... well that would be another route to getting the dream 6120. I guess the Custom Shop route gets you the dream guitar that even Gretsch don’t normally offer. That is a beauty! Western styling is on my list of dream components and neither of my 6120s have it. That really is gorgeous. Hadn’t thought of going custom shop.
    Smaller is a NO for me. And I can’t remember the last time I went north of the 15th fret with any real sense of commitment. I’m thinking there’s a late 50s model that does it all. I want a fat boy with a big beefy round sound.
    I think the individual character of the vintage ones that come up make it such a hit and miss thing. I can’t see paying $10,000 for a guitar with binding rot or anything less than spectacular playability and sound. But if the RIGHT one came up.... I’d do it. I’d have to sell a bunch but I’d do it. Actually that is behind my, seemingly abstract post. I am considering buying a dream 6120 but I want to have the best dream possible!
     
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  15. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Exactly! Just any vintage model isn’t going to be worth the huge money, it has to be one of the good ones. So I’m thinking a late 50s with western styling, trestle bracing, no body rot and no aftermarket customizations. And a great player. Probably that would be north of $10,000 plus a plane ticket to go check it out wherever it pops up. But that’s what dreams are made of, right?
     
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  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I can’t think of any 6120 which would have more to offer than the Setzer models. I am a big fan of trestle bracing and love the simplicity of the Setzer Hot Rod. If you require tone control and individual pickup volumes, then the Setzer Sig Model brings the same structure to the game with a more complex control set.

    The current production Hot Rods have beautiful flamed maple with transparent finishes, which is, to my tastes, the ultimate 6120.
     
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  17. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    By the late 50s, the Western styling was gone. Think I recall Chet didn't like it? 59/60 era was about what Brian Setzer started out with, and what his original Signature models were based on.
     
  18. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Mid 56 I think. Hence the 55 VS model has it. Maybe that’s the dream for me.
     
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  19. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    53
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I love my 6120 SSUGR

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  20. BoundandPurfled

    BoundandPurfled Gretschie

    291
    Mar 22, 2012
    Oregon
    I love my 01’ SSU the compound radius on the fretboard seems to give it an ease of play that I haven’t gotten out of others I’ve tried.
     
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