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An outstanding Custom Shop reproduction plus original and reproduced effects of Eddie Cochran himself!
The G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute Electric Guitar with Commemorative Materials Kit includes the G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute Electric Guitar and the Eddie Cochran Commemorative Materials Collection.
G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute Electric Guitar
Frozen in time for more than 40 years after the tragic car crash that took his life, the one-and-only modified Gretsch G6120 guitar owned by the late, great rock-n-roll pioneer, Eddie Cochran, is now available in limited quantities from the Gretsch Custom Shop. Built by Gretsch master luthier, Stephen Stern, and his team, and replicated from Eddie's original guitar that resides at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Only 50 Cocharan Tribute guitars will be produced worldwide.
During his all-too brief life and career, Eddie Cochran (1938-1960) only ever owned and played one main electric guitar, an orange Gretsch 6120 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. The guitar bore the serial number 16942, and his parents helped him buy it. A sharp young guitarist who was particular about his sound and knowledgeable about guitar design and modification, Cochran hot-rodded his Gretsch with a warmer-sounding “dog ear” neck pickup.
It was this guitar that accompanied Cochran on his rise to stardom. 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 generation of guitarists—and guitar royalty—to come. 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.
Virtually indistinguishable from the original, the Gretsch Custom Shop G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute model is authentic in every detail, from the aluminum nut and bridge to the famous “dog ear” neck pickup; from the distressed vintage orange nitrocellulose lacquer finish to the relic gold-plated hardware and Bigsby B6GPVF vibrato tailpiece.
Its features include a bound laminated maple body and arched top, a specially shaped three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck with a 22-fret 9”-radius bound rosewood fingerboard, a Seymour Duncan “Dog Ear” single-coil neck pickup, a Seymour Duncan DynaSonic™ single-coil bridge pickup, three-way switching, rosewood bridge base, vintage-style gold Gotoh SE700-05M tuners, modified plexi pickguard, western block fingerboard inlays (depicting cactus, steer heads and fences), lower body bout “G” brand, and pearloid steer head/Gretsch logo inlay on the bound headstock.
The deluxe hardshell case also contains special commemorative materials, including a reprint of the concert poster found in Cochran’s car after the accident, an Eddie Cochran Live at Town Hall Party DVD, a G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute model “making of” DVD, a reproduction of Cochran’s original guitar strap, a reproduction of the Gretsch polishing cloth found in Cochran’s guitar case after the accident, and some other surprises.
Eddie Cochran Commemorative Materials /strong>
•Guitar Starp – Reproduction of Eddie’s Personalized “tooled” leather guitar strap
•Polishing cloth &ndash Reproduction of the Gretsch polishing cloth found in Eddie’s guitar case post 1960 British tour
•Laundry list – Reproduction of Eddie’s hand-written “laundery list” found in his guitar case post 1960 British tour
•Tour Poster – Reproduction of Tour Poster featuring Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent found in Eddie’s guitar case post 1960 British tour
•Fan Club Stationary – Original Eddie Cochran Fan Club stationary, envelopes, and membership cards
•Fan Club Button – Original Eddie Cockran fan club button
•Promotion photos – Original Eddie Cockran 8” x 10” head shot
•Christmas Card – Original Christmas card signed by Eddie Cockran
•DVD – “The Making of the G6120EC Eddie Cockran Tribute Model Gretsch Custom Shop guitar”.
A must for fans of an original Rock icon.