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During his all-too brief life and career, Eddie Cochran (1938-1960) only ever played the Chet Atkins hollow-body he bought brand-new in 1955 at age 16 from the Bell Gardens Music Center in his hometown, Bell Gardens, Calif. It was this guitar that Cochran played on hits such as “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” “C’mon Everybody,” “Somethin’ Else,” “Nervous Breakdown” and “Sittin’ in the Balcony,” which influenced generations of guitarists. And it was this guitar that was in the trunk of the car on the April 1960 night that Cochran met his tragic and untimely fate on a winding rural road in Chippenham, England.
The G6120’s elegant single-cutaway hollow body has an arched, three-ply maple back and sides with parallel bracing and double-bound f holes. The two-piece maple neck has black and white single-ply binding and a polished brass nut. Other features include a 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 standard frets and western-themed pearloid inlays (cacti, steer horns and fences); DynaSonic single-coil bridge pickup and Lindy Fralin “Dog Ear” single-coil neck pickup with three-position switching; opaque plexi pickguard bearing Gretsch logo; aluminum bridge with rosewood base, Bigsby B6GBVF vibrato tailpiece; gold G-arrow control knobs and gold-plated, chrome and aluminum hardware; gold-plated Grover V98G Sta-Tite tuners; elegant “Western Maple Stain” finish; and deluxe hard shell case.
The G6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body guitar is available through authorized Gretsch dealers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3625.
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