For some players, nothing says “hot rod” like a
souped-up Gretsch, tweaked for looks and revving
to full throttle, just like a hot-rodded ’57
This G6120SSC Brian Setzer Tribute comes
to us from Fuller’s Vintage Guitar. One of only 59
being made, it is a replica of the hot-rodded ’59
Gretsch 6120 that Setzer used on his early Stray
Cats albums, and still uses on tour today. This
cat is Trestle-braced and almost all maple (back,
sides, top, neck) with an ebony fretboard (9.45”
radius) and 22 frets. It has a 24.6” scale length,
with a 1-11/16” width at the nut. It has Schaller
machine heads, a “chop shop” pickguard and a
bent output jack. Two TV Jones Classic Pickups
are controlled by a 3-way pickup selector and
three volume knobs (individuals and master).
Bigsby is a B6CB and the Space Control bridge is
custom fortified with double-sticky carpet tape.
The empty hole by the pickup selector is where a
tone knob is supposed to be. In addition to exact
replicas of the skull, black cat and “Lucky Lady”
stickers on Setzer’s original, the guitar also features
two dice for pickup volume knobs—not just
any dice, but Monopoly dice. These guitars have
been selling for around $25,000.
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