Gretsch G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod

The Gretsch G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod is now available in a new assortment of colors including standouts like blond and green sparkle finish.

Gretsch G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod

It would seem that Gretsch and Brian are expanding their color preference outside of the usual orange that that brand is known for, but they are still retaining the stripped down control set of the Hot Rod series along with its old school appeal.

As the name implies, this guitar is based of the original G6120 that was first released in the mid '50s, the instrument that Chet Atkins endorsed and became popular with. Gretsch then stripped down some of the features and implemented Setzer's particular "rockabilly" style preferences into the design.

Brian Setzer Hot Rod has the familiar single-cutaway full hollow body that features arched top and back, all crafted from flame maple. The arched top is supported by 1959-style trestle bracing and come with a pair of traditional oversized f-holes. The body depth of the guitar is 2.75" and the guitar is wrapped with white binding to contrast the quirky colors that are available.

The neck and fretboard are also crafted from maple, with a 9.5" fingerboard radius and 22 medium frets. The guitar has a scale length of 24.6" and a nutwidth of 1.6875".

All of the Hot Rod models come equipped with two Brian Setzer Signature TV Jones pickups, all of which are tweaked to Brian's meticulous ears. The pickups are wired to a stripped down set of controls which include basic 3-position pickup selector and a single master volume knob, an interesting departure from the usual multi-knob setup of Gretsch guitars.

Other hardware features include Schaller locking tuners, pinned Adjusto-Matic rosewood bridge and Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. Check out the Hot Rod guitar in action:

The Gretsch G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod is currently available in Harbor Blue 2-Tone, Highland Green 2-Tone, Roman Red 2-Tone, Tuxedo Black 2-Tone, Tuxedo Black, Blonde and Green Sparkle finishes. The MSRP for the G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod is $4,099, but you can now pre-order it online for just under $3000. Shipping is scheduled to start on May 1, 2015. For more information, visit Gretsch Guitars.

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