This souped-up Brian Setzer tribute Gretsch features his signature modifications

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 Chevy.

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).

The 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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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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