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    Gretsch Model 6120 Archtop Guitar Owned and Modified by Chet Atkins (1958). Condition: Very Good.
    This modified single-pickup Model 6120 was one of Chet's test guitars (click the link below to watch Chet playing the guitar). The instrument was later given by Chet to his nephew, Gary Atkins. Gary related to us the story of staying with "Uncle Chester" in the summer of 1960: "One evening, when we were in the house for supper, Uncle Chester said 'Come on.' We went downstairs to the basement storage room. There was a row of guitar cases leaning against the wall. He picked out the white case with brown trim (and) took it to the work shop. The guitar in the case had been torn apart electrically. This was the instrument he used for his first experiments with a stereo sound, with split pickups. He rummaged around in the shop and found a pickup and installed it at the base of the neck. He found an empty pickup shell and put it in the bridge position. He found a set of knobs for the pots, and I was in business with a single pickup 6120. When it came time for me to go home, I went into his office and asked him where he wanted me to put the guitar. He looked up and said 'Well keep it, it's yours.'"
    The guitar has some minor wear to the neck; and has the serial number 28495. It was signed to Gary Atkins by Chet, on paper attached to the interior of the guitar, visible through the f-hole. The original case is included with the instrument. From the Russ Cochran Guitar Archive. Click here to watch Chet Atkins playing this guitar.


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    February, 2009
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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