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Old 03-24-2019, 01:01 PM
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You need a tweed Twin...
Who doesn't I've actually thought about building a low power twin!
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Old 03-24-2019, 01:05 PM
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Ah yes for tone and the bonus of a loose color coordination

And BTW rockabilly, speaking of looks what a killer look, if it plays anywhere near as good as it looks, it will be a dynamite guitar congrats
I hope so Kev!

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Not only is it the quintessential rockabilly guitar, it's got those country and western appointments which I love.

Some real eye candy right there!
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If I didn't already own a semi and a Telecaster to look after my rockabilly/country/Americana/other needs then a burnt orange Gretsch 6120 like yours (with branding on top if possible) is what I'd want.

Stunningly beautiful guitar even to look at!
I've always loved the look of Gretsches, my favorite is the inlays, one thing I don't like is gold plating so I may change out the bridge and knobs!

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Nice. The flame maple top looks great!
i think I got lucky there
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:15 PM
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Thank you very much! One thing though, 1955 6120Ts (or any 50's 6120s) didn't have a tuner button, maybe you where playing a later 60's variant (the tuning fork bridge was cool, but it wasn't a button), as the 55's were very simple electronics wise...

Master volume, master tone, neck volume, bridge volume, 3 way pickup switch, is all they had on the tops.

Here's some references to show what I mean...

https://www.garysguitars.com/catalog/1955-gretsch-6120

http://www.6120freak.com/1955.html

http://gretschpages.com/guitars/models/examples/4470/
No, I didn't mean some sort of electronic thingamabob... it was an actual button that looked like the pickup selector switches; you pushed it down and popped off it and it sounded a tuning fork, A440...

Perhaps "button" is the misleading nomenclature! Everything was analog, back in those days...
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:41 PM
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No, I didn't mean some sort of electronic thingamabob... it was an actual button that looked like the pickup selector switches; you pushed it down and popped off it and it sounded a tuning fork, A440...

Perhaps "button" is the misleading nomenclature! Everything was analog, back in those days...
I've played a ton of original 6120s and have never seen that button. And, I just spent hours googling try to find a pic or description of it.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:02 PM
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I've played a ton of original 6120s and have never seen that button. And, I just spent hours googling try to find a pic or description of it.
Well, as I recall (this was decades ago, early 70's when I saw that guitar, but it was already old...), it was a brownish-burnt orange color, not that bright orange that so many Gretsches have... it was definitely a higher-end model, had the "G Branding Iron logo on the top lower bout, and the plunger/button for the pitch fork was opposite the brand...

Now, I know that I was a full participant in the 60's and 70's, but I am CERTAIN that I saw this feature on a friend's Gretsch... no mistake.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:20 PM
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Well, as I recall (this was decades ago, early 70's when I saw that guitar, but it was already old...), it was a brownish-burnt orange color, not that bright orange that so many Gretsches have... it was definitely a higher-end model, had the "G Branding Iron logo on the top lower bout, and the plunger/button for the pitch fork was opposite the brand...

Now, I know that I was a full participant in the 60's and 70's, but I am CERTAIN that I saw this feature on a friend's Gretsch... no mistake.
well they did all sorts of crazy stuff in the 60's and 70's!!!
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:27 PM
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Well the guitar got here today and after a few hours of setup time it's spectacular!!! I didn't buy the guitar for the aesthetics, as matter of fact, it's a little over the top for me. But when I opened the case it looked very nice. It had roundwound strings on it, which I changed to flatwounds (Thomastik JS112 .012 thru .050). And with the new strings the guitar came to life with a tone that is just fantastic, especially the neck pickup which to me is always the hardest pickup to get right! I also oiled up the fretboard and bridge base, tightened the bigsby handle and two knobs, polished the frets, set the intonation, and polished the whole guitar looking it over carefully for any damage. There was only some small impressions on it. I will probably put more marks on this guitar in the first week I will play it! So here it is.





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