The first of several Gretsch guitars with the endorsement of country legend Chet Atkins, the 6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody is a prime example of the type of guitar most commonly associated with Gretsch. This electric archtop premiered in 1955 with bound F-holes, a Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, and a striking set of finishes. In late 1961, the 6120 switched form a single to a double cutaway design. In 1964, it was renamed the Nashville and was given simulated (painted-on) F-holes like several other Gretsch models in this era.
Years of Production: 1955 – 1980, 2004 – present
Unique to this Year: Model renamed 6120 Nashville in 1964. Vinyl backpad replaces leather backpad. Original F-holes replaced with simulated, painted-on F-holes.
Body Style: Archtop hollowbody, double cutaway
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Maple top, Ebony fingerboard
Design Elements: Simulated F-holes, Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, bar bridge, Filter’tron pickups, thumbprint inlays
Notable Players: Brian Setzer, Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy