Up for sale, a 1997 Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA and factory documentation. Built in Gretsch’s pre-Fender era as a tribute to the “King of Twang,” Duane Eddy, and a reinterpretation of Eddy’s own iconic 1957 G6120, this model was first introduced in limited quantities in 1997 and was discontinued decades ago. This first-year iteration of the G6120DE sports a custom color Ebony Burst finish, outfitted with a pair of Dynasonic pickups and a Bigsby B6 vibrato.
Tonewoods include the sound post-braced maple body, and a two-piece lightly figured maple neck capped by an ebony fretboard. The hollowbody construction and tonewood complement result in a particularly lively, resonant acoustic profile with glassy articulation and a singing treble response, qualities captured by the stock pair of Dynasonic pickups. These DeArmond-style pickups deliver a quintessential '50s Gretsch sound, with a distinct rounded treble-centric twang, broad low end and plenty of midrange presence. Weighing 8lbs 4oz, this Duane Eddy has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The two-piece maple neck is designed to capture the profile and feel of Eddy’s original ‘57 6120; it’s a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped carve, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard has a 12” radius, featuring pearloid “hump block” inlay and pristine slender fretwire. This Gretsch plays cleanly up the 24.6“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the brass nut measures 1 11/16" in width, matching vintage Gretsch spec and yielding excellent treble clarity and sustain. The headstock shape is further in line with Eddy’s ‘57 6120 and features a flame maple veneer, horseshoe inlay, and Gretsch “T roof” logo. Duane Eddy's signature is present on the truss rod cover. The “G”-stamped tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the stock electronics function as intended, with the Dynasonic pickups governed by a three-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume and Tone controls, plus independent Volume knobs for each pickup. The gold-plated G pointer knobs and pickup surrounds are notably clean, and the replacement Gretsch bar bridge has more sustain and detail than the original "Space Control" design, working in tandem with the Bigsby B6 vibrato tailpiece, which is complete with the '50s-spec "flat bar" arm first reintroduced on this model. Plastics include the back-painted gold pickguard with Duane Eddy's signature. The model label is visible through the bound F-hole, dating the instrument to '97.
The Ebony Burst custom color finish is extremely well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to some scuffing on the bass-side of the strum path and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Gretsch-branded hardshell case is included, along with COA/warranty card and factory documentation.