6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body, 1957
single cutaway. A typical example of the '57 version of the all-time
Gretsch classic, with the following specs: "humptop" inlays on
rosewood fingerboard, metal nut, large headstock with horseshoe inlay,
oval-button Grover Sta-Tites, two-piece maple neck, hollow maple body (without
'sound-post'), two DeArmond 'Dynasonic' pickups, Bigsby B-6 vibrato,
precompensated aluminum bridge with rosewood base (the new 'bar' bridge
was introduced only in late '57), 'signpost logo' pickguard, three knobs
on the lower bout for individual volume and master tone controls, master
volume knob on the upper bout, one pickup-selector switch.
Very beautiful guitar with all original parts. The body has a beautiful
flamed top, quite unusual for '57, really gorgeous. As it often
happens with Gretsches, there is some unexpected feature: the earliest
version I have encountered of the 'neck dowel' in the neck-body joint,
which is always considered as a typical '58 feature. Excellent
conditions: neck is solid and straight , binding shows no problems
except for three fragments missing on the headstock. There is some
finish checking, but finish overall conditions are good, with a few
dings and scratches here and there, especially next to the fingerboard
extension; neck's finish shows wear. Hardware is in excellent shape,
except for gold plating wear on tuners and knobs.
A few flaws: a little plugged screw-hole form a different tuner is
visible under the high-E tuner (see the
pics); there are visible
signs and two little plugged screw-holes on the lower rim, from a
different Bigsby (Guild-style) once installed on the guitar and now
replaced by the correct B-6 whose old traces are still visible on the
top (see pics). Original and intact
pickguard, with signs of a concealed name once written on the flip-side
and then touched-up.
Original Gretsch case, Ess & Ess brand, solid and beautiful.
A great classic, a must for the Gretsch and "real vintage"