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willie
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Nov 9th, 2017 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally received my new Gretsch G6120T-'59 from Sweetwater today after waiting for them to be back in stock for some time now.

Having owned many Gretsch guitars over the years, mainly older made in USA models (they weren't so old when I owned them) and a few MIJ models I was anxious to see just what this version of 6120 was all about.

First thing I noticed was that the 'V" shaped neck they describe in the neck descriptions is more like a "C" than a "V". I was hoping for a bit more of a vintage V shape, but I this neck is much like many I have had before on Gretsch instruments.

The build quality is excellent...perhaps better than the USA models of old. Of course, I sort of liked the individuality of the minor flaws I found in some of the older USA productions. Fit and finish is top notch.

The fingerboard is excellent and the fretwork could't be any better. I am not a great fan of .011-.049 string sets but they sound good and are not all that much too heavy. I suspect I will lighten up the trebles after a while. I will say that the plain .018 G string is very close to being out of intonation and the rocker bridge doesn't allow too much adjustment there. This guitar has a pinned bridge too.

The Bigsby is excellent though the handle sits up too high for my taste even with the washer out so I will be installing a smaller spring. The response is quite good though.

The pickups on this guitar are amazingly good. I was able to get the sounds that I expect out of a 6120 pretty easily using my Boss Katana 50.

All in all I am pleased with this guitar though the price was a steep for me at this stage of my life. I spent the whole afternoon playing and adjusting things to my personal likes. It already feels like an old friend.

willie

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Nov 11th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good Deal, Lucille! Oops, sorry.. wille

(This message was last edited by Malcolm at 03:07 PM, Nov 16th, 2017)

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Nov 11th, 2017 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great review...from someone with actual experience with the original Gretsch guitars.

I've been pretty amazed with the quality of name (and not-so-name) brands of guitars coming from points west of the US.

Most surprising to me is Gretsch is now pinning the bridge. That is something that makes so much sense it's goofy why more makers didn't do that sooner.

If you like the rocking bridge and decide to go with a light top/heavy bottom (or other) string set, you can make a new rocking saddle from a 5/16" thick section of aluminum bar stock in an hour or so. I get the strings' saddle offsets figured out with a TOM bridge I have in my parts bin, and transfer the dimensions to the bar stock. That will give you perfect intonation for your string gauge of choice.

willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Nov 11th, 2017 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am generally always comfortable with the rocking bridge. I never had any intonation issues in the old days before they pinned the bridge but I can see the wisdom in doing so for sure. I tend to be a fanatic about intonation and general set-up factors on all my guitars.

Good info on the rocking saddle change. I may have to broach that issue but not sure at this point. I've actually come to like the .011-.049 set that the guitar came with.

I've really bonded with this new guitar and can sit and play it for hours without the amp...just comfortable and familiar feeling to my hands. I should mention that I am a long time fan of the "zero fret" unlike a lot of others.

w

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