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A man who was nicknamed Mr. Guitar really needs no introduction. Chet Atkins is one of the original guitar heroes and has long been known for his work with Gretsch guitars. Rightly so when you consider he has a musical legacy that has spanned from 1942 to 2001.
He was known for his incredibly dynamic playing and glassy clean tone. The G6120T-59 was designed so that the player can coax beautiful clean sounds from the guitar, without sacrificing the punch of a good clean tone, just like Mr. Atkins himself.
A Modern Classic
The guitar is a contemporary take on a classic beast as Gretsch have made some new improvements, whilst still retaining its legacy.
The guitar has 1959 trestle bracing for the authentic snap of the originals. Due to modern design and construction, the bracing is strong enough to behave like a solid body. So you can take it to your next gig, worry free.
Other features to get you through a gig would be the Squeezebox capacitors that allow your your dynamic range to be really high.It makes the pickups much more sensitive at different volume levels.
This combined with the treble bleed circuit (to keep your high end glassy when the volume control is used) and the TV Jones Classics make this an incredibly versatile guitar..
Tv Jones Classic
The TV jones classics are humbuckers with open coils that push out a similar sound to single coils. They are bright and open sounding and create a very responsive mid-range and high-end.
When used on a clean setting, they have a glassy mid and high end but still retain a punchy low end.
Under gain they sound crunchy and crispy and have that twang and growl associated with Gretsch guitars from the 50s & 60s.
The Bigsby is one of the smoothest tremolo systems ever made and has been used by countless artists to create subtle movement in chords and sweet bends. Nothing quite feels like Bigsby tremolo due to the single large spring that creates the movement evenly across all of the strings. If you have loved the sounds of pop and rock throughout the 50's and 60's chances are you have heard plenty of Bigsby playing.
Here's What Gretsch Say
A blast from the classic era of Gretsch's storied past, the G6120T-59 Vintage Select Edition '59 Chet Atkins Hollow Body with Bigsby revisits this historic model. Packed with astounding tone, comfortable feel and elegantly slick style, this instrument is ready to stand by your side onstage or in the studio, bringing out the best in your music and your playing. As refined or raw as you need it to be, this guitar will be an invaluable center-point of your sonic arsenal.
A pair of the ever popular TV Jones Classic pickups creates high-quality tone with plenty of dynamics and articulation on tap. Traditional Gretsch controls, including dedicated volume controls for both the neck and bridge pickups, master volume and the classic three-position tone switch, allow you to blend and shape the pickups' sound, creating countless tonal variations. The new Gretsch "Squeezebox" paper-in-oil capacitors provide an incredibly silky high end. The vintage "V"-shaped maple neck bears a 12"-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 frets for a classic playing experience that works with all musical styles. 1959 trestle bracing connects the top and back of this guitar for authentic, snappy vintage tone. A pinned "rocking" bar bridge reacts in tandem with the Bigsby B6CVT vibrato tailpiece for stable tuning while the vintage-style genuine bone nut lets the strings slide freely without binding in the slots.
Designed for pure tone and slick, comfortable playing feel, this guitar features the classic aesthetics true Gretsch fans love-nickel "G Arrow" control knobs, aged white binding with black purfling, durable gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, aged pearloid thumbnail inlays, gold vintage thick plexi pickguard with Gretsch logo and nickel Grover Sta-tite tuning machines. Elegant style and refined sound combine to make the G6120T-59 Vintage Select Edition '59 Chet Atkins Hollow Body with Bigsby a Gretsch aficionado's dream guitar.
- Body Shape: Chet Atkins Hollow Body
- Bracing: 1959 Style Trestle
- Body Binding: Aged White with B/I Purfling
- Body Material: Laminated Maple
- Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Body Back: Laminated Maple
- Body Top: Laminated Maple
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: Vintage "V"
- Neck Binding: Aged White
- Scale Length: 24.6" (625 mm)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Vintage-Style
- String Nut: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.6875" (43mm)
- Neck Plate: NA
- Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Position Inlays: Aged Pearloid Thumbnails
- Bridge Pickup: TV Jones Classic
- Neck Pickup: TV Jones Classic
- Controls: Volume 1. Neck Pickup, Volume 2. Bridge Pickup, Master Volume
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup, 3-Position Tone Switch
- Pickup Configuration: Filter'Tron / Filter'Tron
- Bridge: Rocking Bar
- Tuning Machines: Grover Sta-Tite Gold
- Orientation: Right-Hand
- Pickguard: Gold Plexi with Black Gretsch Logo
- Control Knobs: "G" Arrow
- Strings: Nickel Plated Steel .011-.049