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Old October 21st, 2012, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Found 1957 Gretsch 6120 in Antique Shop Today!

So this weekend I went up to see my dad because my brother was coming home from California and I had not seen him in a while. Yesterday and last night I hung out with my brother and today I went over to my dads.

My dad and I decided to go to some consignment shops. I like to go to auctions and things like that because I like old things.

I walked into the first place and found this:

1957 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 (advertised as a 59 Country Gentleman)

With:

Original White Case
Original Strap
Original Amplifier with all tubes, speakers, footswitch, cords
Collection of a whole bunch of Chet Atkins LPs

This guitar is dead mint. There is not a mark on it. There is some oxidation on the knobs and pickups but not so much as a hairline scratch on any of the lacquer - even on the back.

So I asked if I could play it and they let me. No neck reset - doesn't need one. The guitar evidently was "put into a closet soon after it was purchased".

I asked how much it was and my jaw hit the floor when they told me. I made an offer and they called the owner and it's mine providing I bring in cash or a bank check (as there are fees with a card).

I am a HUGE Chet Atkins fan and growing up was a huge Eddie Cochran fan (have tons of his LPs). I didn't think in these ebay/google times this sort of thing still happened!

Here are some pics - the first one is how I saw it right as I walked in!


















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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow what a find!! Enjoy your new guitar. Isn't this similar to Duane Eddy's guitar?
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I believe it is. The later ones had the hump inlays and Filtertrons. This is the earlier model.

Thanks:)
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No kidding what a find and WOW!!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was going to ask how much but I'll just say, amazing guitar + extras. Congrats.

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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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it was a heck of a lot less then from a dealer or private sale, but still a decent amount.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You mean you're not going to tell us where it is? I just want to go see it in person..... Nice find and enjoy!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, it's sold. I bought it at a antiques consignment shop in Massachusetts.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 07:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cool find and a close cousin of mine. Maybe even a brother or sis. Mine has a longhorn instead of the horseshoe.

Enjoy!

And possibly check out this: http://www.6120freak.com/

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Old October 21st, 2012, 07:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow! Just Wow!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 07:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Fantastic, Congrats!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Awesome! Congratulations on a spectacular find. How does the amp sound with the guitar? Good on you for finding a gem and being able to get it. Dreams do come true! Looking forward to more posts after you have some time with it.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Mother of God. What a score! Enjoy it man!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That is so sweet, my blood sugar went up just looking at it!
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Great looking guitar! congrats
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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I love the way those guitars look, though I've never had a chance to play one.
And those old Gretsch (Valco) amps are really cool, not real loud but some of them have the best tremolo you'll ever hear.
Congradulations on a great purchase!
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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Love it! The fact that you got it at an antique store with all that and story just feels so much better too I am sure. That is one of the most beautiful guitars I have seen.

Congrats! Unreal!!!
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Congrats man! There are quite a few of us living vicariously through you tonight, I am sure. Should you ever get the chance, I'd love to hear it. Plug that thing in and post a vid or soundclip!
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Grats, that is an awesome score!
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