Some Zombie threads are worthy of resurrecting. I believe one reason the ‘60/‘61 6120s with the thinner bodies are a bit less popular is because they are just not the “traditional” fat body (2 3/4”) hollowbody of the ‘59s and earlier. The 6120s were slowly moving further and further away from the original design and therefore not quite as popular. Although I don’t think there is much, if any, difference in sound and playability.I guess I just wonder if there is a difference in popularity between the 1960 and 1961.
If that don't sound like a Custom Shop order, I'll hairlip the pope ...I thought I'd gotten 6120s out of my system. Then I saw Gasmoney's dark orange '57. Dammit.
Ideal 6120 would be a dark orange '56/7 with engraved hunpblock markers, the "d" neck from the '56-61 years And a "G" brand. But if and only if it was actually branded; no routing or decals. Duane Eddy B6 only if a vintage breakaway handle was too weird. And while we're wishing for the moon, peace on earth and goodwill to all people.
Real vintage late '50s and early '60s sounds very appealing. However, back in April I went for something I could feel safe about and got a new reissue G6120TG-DS Nashville Players Edition with Dynasonics. It's a sweet sounding smooth playing guitar that seems to sound better each month I have it.Hi there,
Well, my quest for a vintage 6120 has narrowed down to four guitars that I can actually buy and afford...these guitars are the following:
a 1956 G-brand model, 100% original, black enamel fixed Bigsby, non-original case
a late 1957 model, transitional, thumbnail inlays, '58 heavy trestle bracing, 100% original, Duane Eddy bigsby, OHSC (grey)
a 1959 model, light trestle bracing, new nut and new zero fret, black enamel Bigsby, original white cowboy case
a 1960 model, heavily flamed top, back and neck, Gretsch bigsby, pickups have been out once so not 100% sure if they are original (but look like it), replaced tuners, original white cowboy case
Well, those are the options, one of them is gonna be mine I guess...my personal preference are filtertrons, but I have no experience with dynasonics so I don't know...I like a good raunchy singlecoil pickup anytime so who knows...best condition of them all is the '57 I guess...
I buy the guitar to play, but I also wanna know which one would be the best investment (I wanna spend my money well)?
Which one would you all choose and why? Thanks in advance!
I would say yes, but I don't think the difference really has much to do with the inherent qualities of the different model years. I think there's always going to be a certain amount of cachet associated with the '50s that weighs in favor of a '59. Then there's the Setzer connection to '59 and '60 6120s that kicks the price up a little bit compared to a '61. But a '61 still has all the features that make those earlier guitars so great but in a slightly more comfortable package. I personally think '61s are the best of the bunch. I've owned several '61s and one '59 and one '60. Not enough to have a definitive opinion on their respective tones, but my limited experience suggests that the thinner body gives the '61 an ever-so-slightly more focused and sharp tone. To my ears and for my playing comfort, '61s were the ultimate FilterTron 6120. And the fact that they can usually be had for a little less money is just gravy.This is an old thread, but I’m looking for a great vintage 50s (likely a 1959 or 1960, just because “they say” these are the “holy grail”) 6120 to buy. I’m wondering, is the 1961 version not sought after?
Agreed. The really don't share much beyond the same model number and color. The former is a hollowbody with single coils and a tone pot. The latter is basically a semi-hollowbody with humbuckers and a tone switch. Pretty different.‘55 to ‘57 6120s with DeArmonds and no trestle bracing are just a different beast than the ‘58 to ‘61 with Filter’Trons and trestle bracing. They just sound and feel different. I personally wouldn’t say one is better than the other, just different.
Yes. A very rarely seen variant, but they do exist.IIRC there were a couple of heavy trestled '58 6120s that came from the factory with Dynasonics.
That's true, and in my book it's an improvement. A sloppy mortise and tenon joint is less likely to fail than a sloppy dovetail.The '61 6120 had another structural difference from the earlier models: the neck joint was a mortise and tennon, not a dovetail like earlier models.