(SOLD) Gretsch 6120SSU Brian Setzer Model Green 2009
Gretsch 6120SSU Brian Setzer Model, transparent green, made in Japan 2009. Uncle Brian might just be the most iconic rockabilly player of all time, after making his name with Stray Cats he has been casting an inescapable shadow for many decades now. There's been a few Setzer models over the years, but this is one you don't see everyday. It's a take on the classic Chet Atkins 'Nashville' 6120, but with a few differences: ebony fretboard, pinned bridge, locking tuners and a delightful green and gold finish. The slim neck and ebony board make for a fast and friendly playing feel, and the big body resonates agreeably with every not and chord, so it feels very alive in the hands. The tone on offer is distinctively Gretsch: sharp and snappy with plenty of brightness and chime, counterbalanced by a gorgeous clear low end and a brimming complexity that lends chords a warm glow. Now, that green finish: holy guacamole, it's quite something. The grain of the flame maple on both the body and neck is quite remarkable, there's so much detail to take in that it will surely reward a close look everyday for many years. These come up semi-regularly in the classic orange or red finishes, but the green and gold combo is a lot harder to find. Let's finish with a Brian quote: "To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better."
Model: Gretsch 6120SSU Brian Setzer
Made: Japan, 2009, Terada Gakki plant
Finish: transparent green, gloss poly
Body: laminate maple, fully hollow, 70mm deep, 400mm across
Neck: maple, ebony board, 25.5" scale, 12" radius, 44mm nut, slim C shape
Mods: tremolo arm and dice knobs replaced, originals included
Pickups: Gretsch Filtertron humbucker x2
Accessories: Gretsch hard case, excellent quality and condition. Original docs included
Cosmetic Condition Notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some minor scuffs on the sides and back , no major marks. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs around the whole body and some dimples near the bottom edge, no major marks. The sides have some minor dimples on the top horn and elbow area and some scuffs near the jack. The front has some scuffs around the tailpiece, dimples in the elbow area and some standard play wear on the guard and horns.
Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.
Fret Life: 8/10, minor wear only