Gretsch George Harrison Tribute Duo Guitar

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

gretsch-harrison-duo-guitarNAMM 2011 — Gretsch is extremely proud to introduce a very special limited edition instrument, the Gretsch Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute Duo Jet. Limited to 60 pieces worldwide, the guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the all-black 6128 Duo Jet Harrison played with the Beatles from summer 1961 through spring 1963 Read more

Gretsch G5135 Electromatic Covette Guitar Review

October 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The name Gretsch conjures up images of big-bodied guitars, with cool names like White Falcon, Black Phoenix and Country Gentleman being put through their paces by legends like Beatle George Harrison, 50s rock ‘n roller Eddie Cochran and king of rockabilly Brian Setzer. But there’s more to Gretsch than big fat guitars with f-holes and Bigsby vibratos. Back in the 60s the company produced a solid-body electric guitar named the Corvette, and this little beauty was reissued as part of Gretsch’s Electromatic range, so there’s no need to trail around second-hand guitars shops. Read more

Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody electric guitar

October 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

gretsch-g5120-hollowbody-electric-guitar-reviewGretsch guitars are among the most iconic images and sounds of rock and roll, especially the early years. They have also been used by modern players ranging from Dave Stewart to Brian Setzer and, like the Les Paul, Stratocaster, and Telecaster, have never really gone out of style. The only problem with Gretsch is they can be a bit expensive, like many of the finer things in life. Well, good news hep cats and kittens: now there is a Gretsch that sounds great, oozes cool, and can be had for a price that won’t give your significant other indigestion. I am talking about the Gretsch G5120 Read more

Gretsch Duane Eddy 6120-DE Review

December 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Gretsch Duane Eddy 6120-DE Review

The Gretsch 6120 is the ultimate lean, mean rockabilly machine. Look no further than the recordings of Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Chet Atkins (for whom the guitar was originally designed) and Brian Setzer for aural testimony of what this buxom hollowbody can do. Then, of course, there’s Duane Eddy, who, relying heavily on the 6120’s factory equipped Bigsby vibrato, more or less defined what’s come to be known as “twangy” guitar. At the early-Sixties apex of Eddy’s mainstream popularity, his film noir-like “twang” could be heard everywhere, perhaps the best example being his 1960 hit with the Henry Mancini-penned theme to the television show Peter Gunn.

Gretsch’s 1997 Duane Eddy 6120 was a near-faithful reproduction of the 1957 instrument that has been Eddy’s main axe for 41 years. Essentially, it’s a stock 6120 from that year, with the standout feature being a “flat bar” on the Bigsby that hasn’t been available for decades prior to the re-release. The 16-inch, three-inch-deep body is almost completely hollow, with one-piece laminated maple sides bound with white and black purfling that also surrounds the guitar’s f-holes. The guitar’s 24 ½-inch scale neck is two-piece rock maple with a brass nut and a bound, 22-fret ebony fingerboard that meets the body at the 14t fret. Players who regularly work out in the upper registers won’t exactly find the 6120 easy to move around—there’s definitely not much access to the guitar’s upper reaches—but this is still a super-easy guitar to play. Overall, workmanship is top notch throughout, with excellent playability and intonation, despite non-adjustable bridge saddles. Read more