which model says “Gretsch” more than any other?

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

  1. Trailpro

    Trailpro Electromatic

    Apr 11, 2019
    St Petersburg, FL
    Definitely the 6120, followed by a Jet.
  2. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

    Oct 5, 2020
    6122, George Harrison, for me.
  3. MichaelRopp

    MichaelRopp Electromatic

    Jan 20, 2021
    @DoubleDropD, I empathize--I asked that exact same question on this forum a few months back, resulting in a thread on how to select the "right" 6120 model in which many folks here had very helpful advice. The good news is that if you are looking for that classic tone, look and feel, if you get a 6120 I think it's fairly hard to go wrong. I ended up with a 6120 BNSV (Brian Setzer Nashville in black lacquer).
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  4. Mojoman

    Mojoman Electromatic

    Jan 14, 2019
    Gardena, ca.
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  5. Mojoman

    Mojoman Electromatic

    Jan 14, 2019
    Gardena, ca.
    Yep, the 6120 chet atkins is the one.
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  6. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2021
    Indeed, for a newbie to the brand the variety of 6120’s out there is bewildering. Seems like right around 2 grand is where they tend to settle though, regardless the letters in appendage.
  7. Wavey

    Wavey Gretschie

    Dec 31, 2016
    I don't disagree with what anyone else has said, and though the 7594 may not be as iconic as some of the others, it is distinctively Gretsch. Plus I can reach the upper frets more easily than on a single cut or even the double cut 6122 Country Gent. Even though it can be argued "there ain't no money above the 5th fret anyway" (attrib. Chet?) it's still nice to be able to go there when you want to!

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  8. DoubleDropD

    DoubleDropD Electromatic

    Oct 14, 2021
    Anyone know the story on this version? reported as a Custom Edition 6120-1962-DC- (2004)
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  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    As of 1962, they went to a double cutaway version of the 6120, which looked like a slightly smaller version of the double cutaway ‘62 or later Gent. Some of them had a headstock placard that said: Chet Atkins Nashville Model.

    When Gretsch came back into existence, they built a reissue of the double cutaway 6120 and it stayed in the lineup for quite a while. I happen to have one of these li’l gems, and it’s a sweetheart of a guitar. Mine is a Dyna Gakki built example, made in 2004, and weighs a mere 7 pounds. It’s a sweet playing guitar.

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  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
  11. azrielle

    azrielle Electromatic

    Feb 24, 2021
    Lund,NV USA
    For me, it was the '67 Blackhawk, or its more affordable modern re-imagining, the flat Black Rat Rod. I realize that is a bastardization of the conceptualizational history of the Rat Rod, so sue me! The Blackhawk was the first Gretsch I ever saw, and fell in love with. In January 2021 I made my dream of owning one come true when I bought a black Rat Rod via Zzounds' pay as you play plan. It works for me.
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  12. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    NOTHING says Gretsch quite like the orange 6120. It all starts there.
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  14. I have 2003 Terada factory Country Club and I love it. I hardly see any of them abouts here in Australia. Awesome guitar
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  15. Downsman

    Downsman Electromatic

    Dec 9, 2020
    East Sussex
    Best or favourite are hugely subjective, but iconic does feel like it's got to be the orange 6120. It just screams Gretsch from every pore.

    In terms of buying one, though, my advice would be to hunt down used Electromatic versions of all the ones being suggested here and play them for a while. The 5420 for the 6120 experience, 5422 for a double cutaway Country Gentleman etc. Then sell them (if you need to) and use the money to buy the 6 series version of the one you like best. I'm on my 3rd Electromatic, the 5420, and now know I ultimately want the thinner Player series 6119. Though I'm not in any rush. It's a great guitar already.
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  16. jvin248

    jvin248 Electromatic

    May 16, 2017
    Near Detroit
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  17. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Electromatic

    I'd go with the White Falcon...
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