Guitarist Magazine (via Guitar World) : Classic gear: Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman

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  1. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Always a classic .......;)
     
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  2. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    I love my G6122-1959. It’s an almost perfect guitar and captures the sound of Chet’s RCA era recordings quite well.

    The 6122 Chet used was pretty well worked over. He knew his electrical theory and designed the control set to suit his needs. It’s a clever design that allows a volume cut for the bridge pickup, a tone pot, a master volume and a pickup switch. I’ve noticed that if you really want to nail Chet’s timbre for the boom-chuck stuff, rolling just a little of the bridge pickup seals the deal. Considering how challenging it is to play with the electricals of a single-cutaway Gent, old Chet must have been a pretty fair guitar tech, in his own right. I’ve had the harness out of mine twice and can tell you that it’s a real headache to put back in.
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    You've earned your "Electrotone Badge of Honor."

    Doing any wiring harness work on an Electrotone body w/o the back cut out is well, a test of patience with a few new cuss words invented.

    I've been into my -58 a few times. All ended well with the results that I wanted

    Love those single cut Electrotones, vintage or new.
     
  4. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Mine developed a problem where it sounded washed out. Eventually, a treble-bleed solved the problem, but for a while it appeared to be pickup related. Wanting to be ultra careful not to damage the finish, I took the harness out, which was a snap, but getting it back in and not getting the ground wire on the wrong side of the trestle braces definitely increased the page count of the “Dictionary of Profanity, Utterings of Frustration, and Annoyed Grunts”. I spent many hours getting it back in place. Trestle bracing can make life … interesting, to say the least.

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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    That is a lovely aul Gent,mine is actually a little earlier than that one too!

    Narrow neck on mine though.
     
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  6. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

    239
    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    Nice, although I prefer my '62 double cut with the dampers, gives a great thumpy thump bass line when finger picking
     
  7. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Age:
    56
    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Gretsch-Talk is a G rated forum---let's keep it that way...please(!)
    ;)
     
  8. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Twice? I took mine out once for cleaning. Never, ever, ever again. I've taken harnesses out of hollowbodies before and never had that much trouble getting them back in. I figured most of the work wasn't happening through the f-holes anyway, so probably not that much harder. What I forgot to consider is that the trestle bracing and dual switches on the upper bout combine to make it a first rate nightmare, exponentially more of a pain than on a fully hollow guitar.
     
  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Mine was a slo-mo trainwreck. It suddenly got very wonky. I called TV Jones and even they thought that it might have been a pickup issue. We did a fair amount of troubleshooting, and at one point it made more sense to just pull out the harness. So, I put in replacement pickups, got it back together and, to my dismay, it sounded much the same. At that point, I pulled everything out and checked the harness itself. What a hassle!
     
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