2004 Gretsch Nashville 6120DSW

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Plain Gs and gold arrows.

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. 

I wasn’t quite so keen on the buckeroo appointments, but they’ve grown on me. Even the G. Especially the sticks and cacti.

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Thank you kindly, Desert Pete.

And I love this stick best, on the best of the Gretsch plexi pick guards. It even boasts–it always boasts–my favorite knobs.

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And I’ve always especially loved Gretsches with raw aluminum Bigsbys and gold hardware, which I pretty nearly hate almost everywhere else. Gretsch always knew how to ride excess on to wisdom.

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Giant, bound f-holes, giant G brand, big 3″ body.

Strung with elgtsco 11-49 trem long twists. Gloriously. G is for Gabriel.

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