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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / My new "used" Gretsch 6120DC

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Vero Beach FL

Jul 6th, 2015 04:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is the guitar I've lusted about for most of my life. Saw the first one back in high school at one of the dances in the gym. Big, bold orange with lots of switches. Big black pad on the back.

My buddy got his when he returned from Vietnam in 1970. I visited him last May and the GAS started. So, sold a couple other guitars, found this one on ebay.

I love the tones of this guitar. The Filtertrons are great PUP's. Real twang when you want it, with mellow tones too.

Not particularly fond of the tone switch. I leave it in the middle position. Haven't really used the mute switch yet, but then I'm not in a band at the moment. The string muting is really cool, especially with some slapback echo.

This guitar was listed as "mint" by the seller and it is truly like new. With one exception - the mute switch knurled knob is tarnished and actually looks old. The seller said that's the way it came to them and that the guitar had spent most of it's life (it's a 2011) in the case. I would like to replace that knob, but I can't find anywhere to get one.


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Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
Jul 10th, 2015 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Always ready for a second look at that guitar, Greg. I've found that tone switch useful for some different sounds so don't write it off.

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"bald to the bone"
Jul 10th, 2015 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is that a Tru-Arc bridge?

I've never been a fan of those belly "pads", but love everything else about that model.

Enjoy! She's a beauty!

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Vero Beach FL

Jul 11th, 2015 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Urby, I play virtually any electric guitar with the tone knobs at 10 because I like a brighter sound. The middle position on the Gretsch seems to be the full-range position. Up takes off a lot treble and down seems to be a bit mellower. So I'll be leaving the switch in "neutral".

A minor gripe about that switch - too close to pickup selector and easily changed when changing pickups.

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"bald to the bone"
Jul 11th, 2015 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are Gretsch models (e.g.: 6122-JR) that use a more nuanced tone control arrangement in place of the "mud" switch.


(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 11:43 PM, Mar 11th, 2018)

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Vero Beach FL

Jul 12th, 2015 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

A beauty, Taildragger!

I'd rather have had a regular tone knob vs. the "mud switch". Even though I wouldn't likely be using it, a knob wouldn't be switched accidentally like that little switch is.

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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Oct 19th, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I owned a '64 Double Cutaway 6120 like that for several years. Bought it as a senior in high school in 1965...loved it, screwed up and sold it in 1980. Owned other Gretsch guitars since then but have always missed that old girl.


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