which model says “Gretsch” more than any other?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by DoubleDropD, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2021
    Just joined the forum and hunting for my first Gretsch.

    wanting to get my bearings on the Gretsch landscape.

    What model says Gretsch like no other. The model everyone should have?
  2. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Welcome to the forum!

    You'll get plenty of ideas, but personally, I think some variation of a Nashville/Chet Atkins/6120 style does the trick.

    Others will recommend a Jet of some kind.

    Those are the two styles the legend's built on. Sort of the Tele and Strat of the Gretsch line-up. Undeniable classics.
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Although some will say The White Falcon .....this does it for me . My ( 2006 ) 6120-1959 Chet Atkins
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  4. Intoamartian

    Intoamartian Electromatic

    Feb 10, 2021
    Definitely a 6120 followed by a Jet.
  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    The 6120 is the most iconic Gretsch model.
  6. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    6120. No doubt about it.
  7. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    Most iconic- coolest- prettiest
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  8. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2021
    I was thinking 6120 based on my poking around. Can anyone give me a primer on them?

    For instance, there are two for sale right here at the moment. One DSV the other VS (what’s that)? Is the G Brand mean anything? How many reissues have been offered and what should I know about those different runs?
  9. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
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  10. BobbyMac

    BobbyMac Electromatic

    Mar 13, 2016
    Texas Panhandle
    To me, when I think of Gretsch guitars, the Country Gentleman that George Harrison played comes out on top of the list. But there are so many others, it is not easy to say that just one defines the brand.
  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The 6120 is the one. It was the model that made Gretsch famous thanks to Chet Atkins and Duane Eddy. Now it's most associated with Brian Setzer, who is identified with the modern brand. If you ask people what Gretsch is best known for, many will probably answer "rockabilly." That's thanks to Setzer as it wasn't the rockabilly guitar of choice in the 50s except for Eddie Cochran. The iconic orange also flashes Gretsch to the world.

    The second choice is one of the George Harrison models - Duo Jet, Country Gentleman or Tennessean. Those models were for a time the most popular in the world thanks to the Beatles.

    Lastly the White Falcon, being both the blingiest of the models and played by some modern hard rockers like Billy Duffy and John Frusciante.

    Take your pick of any that you like - you can't go wrong with any of them - but nothing says Gretsch like a big orange hollow body.
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  12. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    A good 6120 is a great choice. It's an iconic model in the Gretsch line up.

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  13. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Yup. The 6120. No doubt. It comes in a bewildering array of versions….. i always go to the Gretsch Pages forum for a good run down of the history and versions of any gretsch model.
  14. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
  15. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    The model with the mutes built in just screams Gretsch!
  16. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Current models can be found in their catalog and web site, which also highlights several different signature artists, so you can see there is a wide variety of folks using Gretsch guitars in old and new ways.

    Choose your own adventure!


    instead of looking for a guitar that screams Gretsch, you can find a Gretsch that screams @DoubleDropD
  17. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    For me is was always the Country Gentleman for my time period growing up.Harrison’s use of the model along with Atkins in the sixties played a big role in how I viewed a Gretsch model. In saying this there is no denying Setzers use of the model in the 80s really connected everyone back to early Atkins, Cochran and Eddie along with the 50s vintage movement. Don’t forget Atkins predominately played a Country Gent both single and double cut. The popularity of the 6120 is undeniable now and both guitars represent what best of the Gretsch company. Choose what suits you best..
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  18. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    You know in a way the Country Gent hasn’t had the same amount of model tweaking Gretsch shows the Duo Jet and 6120 in terms of colors and minor model tweaks. Maybe in the future it would be cool to see some colors added to the 62 model instead of a custom shop line.. I know they had a white version and a custom shop Green. There has been a black special run. Love to see some colors like deep maroon small sparkle, lime gold or a sea foam blue or something. How about a 64 model with Supertron? That would also be cool
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  19. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2021
    Is the country gentlemen the same as the country club?
  20. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    That's got to be one of the prettiest tops I've ever seen. What would you call the grain on that beauty?
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