Vintage 1955 Gretsch 6120 Guitar with Cowboy Case – Player Grade Natural Relic

$ 7998.95

Vintage 1955 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model Guitar

First off if you’re looking for a collector grade 6120 this is not the guitar for you. If you’re looking for a player grade 6120 that’s a natural relic with all the MOJO, and gig ready….keep reading.

ALL Western appointmets. Original western orange finish looks great, some belt buckle on the back, lots of honest wear on the neck, binding are excellent! Early green lining cowboy case that matches the guitar.

I bought this guitar over a decade ago as a complete basket case. The only original parts I got with the guitar were the switch, pots, knobs, and gold Waverly tuners, truss rod cover, and cowboy case. There was a P-90 in the bridge and a bigsby pickup in the neck (sold) It had a trapeze tailpiece, and no bridge.

Heel of the neck had some crude repair at some point, but isn’t broke. When I got the guitar the neck was loose, and the bracing had been cut resulting in the top sinking. In order to repair the guitar properly the back was removed and the top was re-braced with bracing out of a 1950’s Gretsch New Yorker model, the neck pickup cavity was filled in and re-routed. That wasn’t necessary for the bridge pickup, but there are some extra screw holes for the dogear P90.

Fingerboard was heavily grooved, and the frets were worn out. I had a pro refret done, and it turned out beautiful with narrow fret wire similar to the original. Also the old wiring fell apart on me, so it has had all new Gibson type shielded wiring. Pots, and switch are original.

Headstock ears have been re-glued. I replaced the tuners with a new set of Waverly tuners that didn’t require any new holes. Both the original Waverly gears, and old wiring is included. By a stroke of luck I fould a NOS uncut pickguard. So it now has an original guard with no extra holes for the bracket.

Here’s a list of the replaced parts

1954 DeArmond 2000 pickups with gold bezels
1950’s Scoop arm Bigsby
1960’s Bigsby bridge stamped Guild
1950’s NOS pickguard

I’ve played a bunch of 56′, 57′ models that don’t match this one. It’s a real 55′, label is partially in tact, and there’s SN. I’ve also included a pic from the restoration with ink stamp under the neck dating this one October 14th 1955. 

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