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by Edward Ball

The iconic American guitar is the Gretsch model 6120, that Chet Atkins has endorsed. 334 bold color images reveal its evolution into a highly collectible instrument produced in limited numbers. Fresh insights, compelling images, and significant new information explain what contributed to its development. Get the most accurate account to date of events in the Gretsch production environment of the 1950s and '60s.
Download Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar epub
ISBN: 0764334840
ISBN13: 978-0764334849
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Edward Ball
Language: English
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2010)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1544 kb
FB2 size: 1255 kb
Rating: 4.7
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If you are considering purchasing a NEW Gretsch "G6120T-55GE Vintage Select 1955" or "G6120T-59 Vintage Select 1959" and want to know why these two particular years were chosen to represent this Flagship Model's vintage re-creation (plus a thing or two about their origins and evolution), read this book.
It's fascinating to see how this beautiful instrument slowly "comes into focus" throughout the late '40's and early 50's... Even more fascinating is Gretsch's constant tweeking of it in response to market demands and aesthetic appeal.
Mr. Ball has done first-rate detective work.
The book is extremely well-researched and nicely presented. The main focus is on the development of the 6120, but the author provides a lot of interesting information on Gretsch history and production methods and covers many other models too, especially pre-Atkins models.

Mr. Ball has done what I have long hoped would be done for an iconic guitar other than a 'Burst or Strat -- an in-depth, scholarly treatment that is not simply a painstaking collation of detailed information but that tells a story and sheds light on why these guitars have an important place in our cultural history. This book provides an excellent model in how to present vintage guitar research.
As a proud owner of a 1957 Gretsch 6120, I was very anxious to read this book. I had read a review in Vintage Guitar magazine that piqued my interest.

I can say this is an excellent book. It is hard-cover, many color photos, printed on high-quality glossy stock.

It includes a comprehensive overview, year-by-year, of the genesis of this wonderful guitar. The opening chapters offer an introduction to the history of the guitar in general, and, the history of the Gretsch company. Further chapters offer a run-up to the development of the 6120 by reviewing the Gretsch models that preceded it. The book covers the crucial artist input from Chet Atkins necessary to make the model popular with the public.

The technical information is quite comprehensive, and, no detail is left out. Additionally, the author includes a web site that updates post-publication information, errata, etc. The book concludes with chapters on the present-day Gretsch company, and the models offerred.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone intereted in this guitar model, and electric guitars in general.
Interesting, well-researched, stunning pics - I love kicking back when I have free time and reading, actually STUDYING, this book - so well done!!!!! This book takes you back to pre-electric guitars and then to the advancements made by Gretsch and other guitar manufacturers, as well as many artists who changed the way we see and hear the guitar by taking advantage of these "modern" techniques
All the detail you're looking for in distinguishing the tiny differences from year to year in this classic 6120 model. And yes, they talk about Chet a lot in this history, as well they should. Not a book you try to read cover to cover, as it can be a little like reading a dictionary, only with colored pictures.
This is a good research reference book and just something to bask in if you have or want one of these oldie guitars. I have one with a '55 serial # but '56 inlays, perhaps made in response to Chet Atkins being personally against the more gussied up '55 look, as it did not represent his roots or his music. Just the sound of these is so pure and clean I can hear it in my head while reading the book.
The Gretsch 6120 is a real classic guitar, and this wonderful book is destined to become a classic too ! Excellent narrative which covers the 6120 from the prototype, through the single cutaway versions of the 50's and very early 60's, to the double cutaway models, and ending up with the latest takes on this great axe. Loads of interesting facts will please anyone interested in Gretsch guitars, and the photos add the finishing touch to this excellent book. This book does a legendary guitar proud !
Bought it as a gift. My dad had an early 6120. He lives the book.