Gretsch G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins - Western Orange Stain, Bigsby

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Bigsby Tailpiece - Western Orange Stain
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Period-correct Chet Atkins Hollowbody

The Gretsch G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins hollowbody electric guitar possesses an irresistibly crisp snap that, when combined with its vintage-voiced TV Jones T'Armond single-coil pickups, rings with that unmistakable Gretsch sound. Co-designed with Chet Atkins himself, this sumptuous guitar's comfortable Standard U-shaped maple neck is topped with a highly playable rosewood fingerboard. A pinned aluminum compensated bridge and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece maintain stable tuning, while delivering a signature snappy "twang." The Gretsch G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins was built to period-correct specs, so owning this tantalizing hollowbody electric guitar is almost like owning Chet's vintage Gretsch!

Gretsch G6120T-55GE Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Arched maple body provides your tone with excellent definition
  • Sweet vintage tone from TV Jones T'Armond pickups
  • Two volume controls + one tone control = exceptional sonic flexibility
  • Bigsby tailpiece yields smooth vibrato action
Arched maple body provides your tone with excellent definition

Maple has to be one of the most lively, bright, and colorful tonewoods out there, which is exactly why Gretsch decided to make their G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins almost entirely out of this wonderful wood. At Sweetwater, we've found that this hollowbody's arched body yields a wonderfully snappy, open tone that, when combined with the multi-dimensional sound of its TV Jones T'Armond pickups, cuts through a dense mix and sounds great in any situation.

Sweet vintage tone from TV Jones T'Armond pickups

When you want that classic '50s-era Gretsch tone, you need real TV Jones single-coil pickups. That's why Gretsch gave their G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins a pair of TV T'Armond pickups. Designed to sound just like the pickups found in '50s and '60s Gretsch guitars, these pickups give your guitar a multi-dimensional tone with plenty of articulate detail. It's the perfect sound for rock, rockabilly, blues, country, and more.

Two volume controls + one tone control = exceptional sonic flexibility

It's easy to stereotype the Gretsch G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins until you play it, and then you realize you can pull of a lot of tonal tricks with it. With a volume control for each pickup, you can create your perfect balance between warmth, bite, and brilliance when both pickups are engaged. The master tone control lets you fine-tune your sound once you've got the pickups dialed in. And thanks to the master volume control, you can take your tube amp from clean to growling without changing the balance between your pickups. Of course, you'll get sweet tone from the neck and bridge pickups individually, but there's a lot of territory to cover when you combine them.

Bigsby tailpiece yields smooth vibrato action

Nothing beats the character and vintage vibe that a real Bigsby-style tail piece adds to the Gretsch G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955 Chet Atkins. Based on the original design created by Paul A. Bigsby, this Bigsby Licensed tailpiece requires next to no effort to use, making it particularly easy to pull off slow, subtle, and extended bends.

Gretsch G6120T-55GE Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Period-correct version of Chet Atkins's hollowbody electric guitar
  • Arched maple body delivers a deliciously snappy, open tone
  • TV Jones T'Armond pickups yield sweet vintage character
  • Highly playable Standard U-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 volume controls and 1 tone control create exceptional sonic flexibility
  • Bigsby tailpiece provides smooth vibrato action
The Gretsch G6120T-55GE hollowbody electric guitar belongs in every guitarist's collection!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Chet Atkins Hollowbody
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Laminated Flame Maple
Color Western Orange Stain
Body Finish Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Standard U
Radius 12"
Scale Length 24.6"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Aged Pearloid Blocks with Western Motif
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Aluminum Compensated pinned bridge with Bisgby B6GBVF tailpiece
Tuners Grover Sta-Tite Gold
Neck Pickup TV Jones T'Armond single-coil
Bridge Pickup TV Jones T'Armond single-coil
Controls 2 x independent pickup volumes, 1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings Nickel-plated Steel (.011-.049)
Case Included Deluxe hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 2401357822

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