This is an excellent example of a 1957 Gretsch 6121 guitar. The guitars with the sound that helped launch rock & roll! These guitars were the choice of original Fifties hellcats like Bo Diddley, Eddie Cochran and Duane Eddy. Gretsch’s popularity went ballistic in the Sixties when the Beatles’ George Harrison wielded a Country Gent and Tennessean on the group’s records and live shows. Gretsch guitars became standard equipment for British Invasion hit makers and their American counterparts.
The 2 original Dynasonic pickups have that classic Gretsch “twang” associated with these instruments. Some say like a Telecaster on steroids! Think of a P90 with wider frequency range. The tone is warm and round, while being commanding and edgy at the same time. Back off the volume and it cleans up beautifully while retaining its warmth and tone. Weighing in at 7.8lbs., its a great full-bodied sparkling sound with lots of what one could only call “classic twang."
The original tuners have been replaced with Grovers. The Bigsby arm has been replaced, as well as the nut and strap buttons. There is evidence of over spray on the back of the body and the neck.
Playability is excellent on it, and the neck profile is very comfortable. The toggle cover back plate has a social security number engraved in it, along with marks on the back of the body including buckle rash, scratches, dings, dimples, pimples, and other imperfections.
It includes the original hard case, which is is good structural condition, with signs of wear including rips, tears, cracks, some oxidized metal parts and other cosmetic imperfections.
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