Up for sale, a 2004 Gretsch G6120AM Nashville in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. The 6120 has for decades defined the Gretsch sound for twang, Western Swing, Rockabilly, and all manner of other genres and niches, and this "AM" (Amber Maple) iteration features a stunningly figured tiger maple body with sound post bracing, outfitted with an upgraded pair of TV Jones Classic Filter'Tron pickups. This guitar is essentially identical to the current production “Chet Atkins Nashville” model, but produced prior to Gretsch’s addition of the Chet name and signpost pickguard.
Some of the finer points of this Gretsch include the heavily figured archtop body with bound oversized F holes, two-piece V-shaped maple neck, bound ebony fingerboard with Neo-Classic "thumbnail" inlays, Bigsby B6G vibrato, Grover Rotomatic tuners, and the upgraded pair of TV Jones Classic Filter’Tron pickups. The all-maple body construction and sound post bracing yields a full, percussive, and articulate voice when strummed acoustically that translates well through the upgraded TV Jones pickups. The undisputed king of golden age Gretsch tone, TV Jones humbuckers are made in the USA and seen on virtually all of Gretsch's upper tier and Custom Shop models. These "Classic" Filter'Trons offers clean, compressed trebles and mids over a tight, controlled low-end. Articulate and immediate in all pickup positions with both sparkle and punch, these TV Jones pickups are equally suited to complex chords voicings and sweet, singing leads. This G6120AM weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The two-piece maple neck has a modestly slender soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 9th. The ebony fretboard sports neo-classic thumbnail pearloid inlay, and the stock slender fretwire is nigh flawless, benefitting from a fresh level and crown. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24.6” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock boasts an inlaid pearloid Gretsch logo and horseshoe, and the original Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean gold plating.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the upgraded TV Jones Filter'Trons governed by a three-way pickup selector switch, three-way tone switch, Master Volume control, and individual Volume controls for each pickup. The “G” pointer knobs have knurled grips for easy swells and on the fly-adjustments, with notably clean gold plating. The Adjusto-matic bridge on a floating rosewood base works in tandem with the Bigsby B6G, and the Bigsby has a tall spring for deeper dives than most, with an arm that sits off the body at an ideal height. The label is visible through the bass-side F-hole, and there is a small piece of binding missing at the lower bout point of the F-hole. The replacement raised gold plexi pickguard rounds out the plastics.
The Tiger Maple Amber Stain gloss finish is framed by cream binding and highlights the extremely lively and dimensional figuring across every inch of the body. While this model has been in production in limited runs for a couple of decades, few examples are as heavily figured as this particular 6120AM. Cosmetic wear is limited to buckle worming on the back and scattered dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
An aftermarket molded hardshell case is included.