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NGD: Gretsch 6120 Duane Eddy!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by EsquireBoy, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. EsquireBoy

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    Last Monday was my 40th birthday and I've been gifted the most glorious NGD by all my friends and family (unfortunately not in person though, because of the circumstances...): I'm now the happy owner of this magnificent instrument that not only is great per se, but has a huge emotional side for me too.
    My wife bought it new from Peach Guitars in the UK, but according to the serial # and the certificate it was made in 2011, so I would almost call it a NOS, which may be nice since the wood has likely had some more time to dry and stabilise.
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    This one, because its sentimental value, I intend to keep 100% stock. I've already started to turn it my own with my favorite strings (Thomastik flatwounds) and a good setup though (I had to deepen a tiny bit the B string nut slot, in addition to the basic truss rod and bridge adjustments).
    It's my first hollowbody, and the big body (the DE signature has a slightly deeper body than other 6120s) is really comfortable for me, playing seated as much as standing up.
    Its depth plus the dynasonic PUs give it a huge bass response, which is really nice for me since I mostly play solo jazzy chord melody style music, so it really fills up the sonic space.
    I find myself gravitating a lot around the neck or both PUs with the tone and the volume rolled down about halfway.
    It's a great match with the brown Princeton: very warm and harmonically rich, especially with the sweet warble of the tremolo.

    Can't resist to post one more pic of the headstock which I find particularly appealing with its bright orange finish:
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    Very nice!

    And happy birthday.
     
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    That's beautiful, congratulations!
     
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    Love the guitar, and the DeArmond pickups are the only way to roll. Nice.
     
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  5. EsquireBoy

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    That’s an AWESOME guitar!
    There’s something particularly beautiful about an orange Gretsch 6120.
    Congrats!
     
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    Thanks! The DE model has a deeper orange lacquer finish; Gretsch calls it « desert sunrise ». In person you can see the grain through it, but at a distance and on pictures it almost looks like Fender’s Fiesta Red.
     
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    Thatsa beauty! Yes, Gretsch's really sound good in the middle position. Plus, you have the ability to blend them as needed! Great birthday gift. All I get is $5 from my long-deceased aunt...

    I recommend playing it frequently and with gusto to get the top resonating well. It has been asleep a long time.
     
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    Yeah, the 1957 6120’s (like Duane’s original) have a darker stain. Very cool color. Almost looks like more of a paint and less a stain.
    Total class!
    My 6120 has what Gretsch calls “vintage” orange, which is definitely lighter.
     
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    That is clearly the only will I have right now :D
     
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    That’s my thought too, although on the Gretsch forum I’ve been told the orange used to vary a lot even during the same year.
    The lighter orange looks amazing too, it was a tough choice!
     
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    Cool, well done, I have a 6120 too, great guitars, they even crank up on overdrive pedals nicely until they scream ha ha FEFF1117-C10B-4741-9406-D91C48268F37.jpeg
     
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    Nice one you've got too! I'm sure it's the picture, but it seems like it has a bit of a different shape, as if it were larger?
    The DE is basically a 57 but with trestle bracing, so it's a bit less prone to feedback. But I know stock Gretsch dynas have the reputation to scream with gain. Anyway I really only play clean these days ;)
     
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    Oh man, that looks terrific!

    I wish you both happy times together!

    Gretsches are so unique; I’ve got G6128T-GH and G6122T-62VS. They’ve got specific purposes, not just one trick ponys.

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    Can't be better Harrison fan than that! Great collection, and the Rick is giving me the eye :rolleyes:
     
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    I recently traded a nice Telecaster for a Gretsch. Please, don't shoot.
    Another Tele remains my main axe, especially for gigs.
    The Grestch, however, is getting significant hangtime.
     
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    Beautiful, I celebrated a (fifth) decade with my own guitar this week, and very nearly got a Gretsch. Nothing nearly this nice though (a Jag Vintera). Jeez, what a machine.
     
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    Congrats!

    Happy Birthday!!
     
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    Happy birthday to you!
     
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