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1990 Gretsch 6120W Nashville Chet Atkins Western Orange 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1990 Gretsch 6120W Nashville hollowbody electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with hardshell case. A fairly rare iteration of the 6120 platform that hasn't been offered in decades, the 6120W features the mid-1950s Western appointments of the 6120, outfitted with the original pair of Filter'Tron humbuckers.

A reissue of the instrument that has defined the Gretsch sound for twang, Western Swing, Rockabilly, and all manner of other genres and niches, this 6120 accurately reproduces the build specs that made the original 6120, one of the most resonant, lively, and stunningly cool instruments ever made. Produced by Gretsch in the years prior to their acquisition by Fender, this guitar boasts the high quality craftsmanship and exceptional fit and finish work associated with the Fujigen factory in Japan. Very close in overall spec to the current production "Chet Atkins Nashville" model, this iteration of the 6120W was simply produced prior to Gretsch's addition of the Chet name to the signpost pickguard.

Some of the finer points of this Gretsch include the 16" wide maple body with bound oversized F holes, two-piece maple neck, bound ebony fingerboard with pearloid western block "Cactus, Steer Heads, and Fences" inlay, G-brand, gold plexi pickguard, gold-plated hardware, bound headstock with tiger maple veneer, and Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. With laminated maple construction and sound post bracing, this guitar has a full, percussive, articulate voice when strummed acoustically that translates well through the pickups. Plugged in, the guitar delivers clarity and fullness in all pickup positions, reproducing complex chord voicings with stunning ease. The guitar weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action, fresh 11-48 roundwound strings, and solid intonation.

The two-piece maple neck has a C profile which is very slender and among the most slim and easily navigable necks we’ve seen on any Gretsch. The profile measures .810" deep at the 1st fret and graduates to .890" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard retains the original slender frets which are extremely clean with well-rounded crowns, offering easy playability in every register, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and unlike many later iterations of the 6120, this version has no zero fret, allowing the guitar to take full advantage of the articulation and sustain that a bone nut provides. The tiger maple headstock veneer is inlaid with the pearloid Gretsch logo, and the guitar also retains the aforementioned original Grover-style tuners which show only light patina on the gold plating.

The body sports a striking Western Orange Stain finish, which highlights the light figuring and grain in the maple and is quite a bit more saturated and ruddy than other versions of this finish. The finish is topped off with two-ply white/black binding and gold hardware which shows uniform surface patina across the Bigsby, G pointer knobs, and roller bridge. This particular bridge is one produced only briefly, offering excellent intonation and saddles that work smoothly with the Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece for surfy warbles and dives that add to the signature Gretsch sound. All of the electronics work as they should with the Filter'Tron pickups wired to the original harness with a three-way pickup selector, Master Volume control, individual Volume controls for each pickup, and a Master Tone control.

Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth gloss finish, free of palm wear. This 6120W is a stunning example of one of Gretsch's most influential and enduring models.

The original gray tolex hardshell case is included.