1955 Gretsch Model 6121 Chet Atkins Solidbody G Brand
13 1/2″ wide, 1 3/4″ deep.
24 1/2″ scale length.
Contoured, laminated Maple top and Mahogany chambered body.
The guitar weighs 7 pounds, 6.00 ounces.
Most sources date this guitar, based on the serial number, to be from 1955, however, our Guitar Identification guide (copyright 1983 by A.R. Duchossoir) says the “Fred Gretsch” label and serial number could date it to 1956.
Original Chet Atkins signature “signpost” pickguard,
DeArmond Dynasonic neck pickup,
Embossed leather side trim with conchos,
Steershead headstock logo
Steer and cactus fingerboard inlays
Atkins aluminum nut,
Arrow control Knobs,
Control cavity covers.
Non Original Parts Include,
Early-mid 60’s Guild vibrato tailpiece,
the bridge pickup, the bridge pickup mount appears original and has some corrosion on it,
and the bridge is not original.
It originally had a B-3 Bigsby vibrato and a compensated metal saddle with a wooden base.
You’ll find this model guitar pictured in the book Gretsch, The Guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company by Jay Scott, copyright 1992, p. 123.
We can send a photo from the book if anyone wants to see what the original parts looked like.
The binding looks great all along the body, fretboard and headstock.
It possibly had a refret at some point in its life, if so, it was nicely done.
The cactus and steer inlays look great and are all intact.
There is some minimal checking on the body, a bit more on the headstock.
The gold hardware shows some wear as you would expect.
There is some edge wear mostly along the backside of the body, which we tried to show in several pics. There are scratches and dings here and there as you would expect with a guitar of this age (see pics). There is a tiny chip out of the back control plate cavity next to one screw.
Overall, in good shape for a 66 year old guitar, and a really cool piece of guitar history, even with some non original parts.
Non original hardshell case included.
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