The Reverend Horton Heat (aka Jim Heath) may be the epitome of the latter day punkabilly star, with his hair slicked back and his Gretsch Reverend Horton Heat Signature guitar plugged in and delivering scorching solos. The Reverend’s onstage antics have been the stuff of legend for almost 20 years, yet he’s not widely known outside his loyal fan base. Still, as the reigning king of countrified punk, it’s only appropriate that Gretsch decided to give him his own signature edition guitar based on the model 6120 he has played for many years.
Back in the 1950s, when Gretsch first introduced the 6120, it came with a big, stylized “G” branded right into the wood on the top of the guitar. If you bought a 6120 back then, you naturally wanted the Western Orange lacquer finish (originally called “Amber Red”). The Reverend Horton Heat features the same 16-inch wide and 2-3/4″ deep body as those 1950s models, as well as the vintage-style pearl block inlays with Western motif engravings (“cows and cactus”) and a genuine Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Modern upgrades include an ebony fingerboard, custom wound TV Jones Classic pickups, and Gretsch’s tone switch circuitry with CTS/Switchcraft electronic components. The guitar’s clear plastic pickguard can be removed if desired. And naturally, the Reverend Horton Heat comes in a plush-lined hardshell case.