These 2010 Mexican road worn ’72 Deluxes, which there weren’t a lot of, had thin nitro finishes and very worn, silky necks that were a pain to set up, possibly because they needed some time to soak up moisture through all that bare wood in a properly humidified environment, but they settle down, and they’re worth it.
Dean Campbell was building this toward the end of the time Dave Sëuferling was putting together my thinline. If I’d had the Sëuf when we got started, I’m sure I’d have had Dean put a mastery and either a B5 or a floating vibrato on this as well.
These Japanese reissues are uniformly great, and they make a ton of them. This is the 5,360th Gretsch made in the Terada factory in 2004. In August. I got it used, a little fascinated by the way the brass nut made it sing, and happy that it came with the Bigsby bridge intoned for a plain G. And I love Dyna-Sonics, even the Duncan ones used here. And this is my favorite of the many crazy Gretsch control layouts: master volume up front, one for each pickup and a master tone in back, one pickup selector on the top bout. That’s like the Gretsch tele of the 60s. Continue reading “2004 Gretsch Nashville 6120DSW”
Stock, the few hundred of these guitars that exist share more with Tennesseans than they do with Double Anniversaries, but those are the guitars they share a model number with.