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Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar Light Vintage Maple Stain 

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A customized version of Brian's 1959 6120!

Updated with trestle bracing, nickel-plated hardware, and TV Jones Classic pickups, the Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar now precisely matches Setzer's stage guitar and his personal preferences. The adjustable bridge with ebony base and a bound, ebony fretboard with thumbnail inlays lend vibrant visuals. A 16" rock maple action-flow neck, Gretsch Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, 3-way pickup selector, master tone switch, plus master and individual pickup volume controls are all finishing flourishes on the Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville Guyitar. Gretsch included a hardshell case with the G6120SSLVO Guitar.

FEATURES
  • 16" full hollowbody
  • Laminated flamed maple top, back, and sides
  • 1959-style trestle bracing
  • 2-piece rock maple neck
  • Bound ebony fretboard
  • TV Jones Classic pickups
  • Pinned rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge
  • Gretsch Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Master tone switch

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SPECIFICATIONS

G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar

  • 16" W x 2.75" D
  • 24.6" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 9.45" radius
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Should be more guitar, for the bucks...

When I got the brand new intrument and played it for the first time in my living room I was very dissapointed about the setup. It was definitely the worst factory setup that I...Read complete review

When I got the brand new intrument and played it for the first time in my living room I was very dissapointed about the setup. It was definitely the worst factory setup that I saw in 25 years. The bridge did not match the radius of the fingerboard, that caused very bad fret buzzing.The tuners were loose, some frets were higher than others, etc. etc.I think a guitar like that should actually not leave a factory ! I had to fix the problem spots and than it was o.k But if you pay this much for a guitar and you first have to fix it, than it drives you crazy... However, the sound is not bad at all and delievers that twang your lookin`for. First try the axe at your local dealer !!!

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A Professional Guitar Tech Tells All

First a little about myself. I am a professional musician and luthier for 30 years and have professionally repaired and setup numerous guitars. I also have owned and played many Gretsch guitars, they...Read complete review

First a little about myself. I am a professional musician and luthier for 30 years and have professionally repaired and setup numerous guitars. I also have owned and played many Gretsch guitars, they have always been my favorite guitar. If you brought this guitar to a Professional Guitar Tech for evaluation on whether to "Buy it or Not", here is what he would say:From the factory these Guitars are assembled with Mismatched Parts, specifically the Fretboard is a 9.5 radius and the Bridge is a 12 radius which means, if you set the strings up for normal playing, some strings will be higher off the fretboard than the the others. The fix for this is to replace the Bridge Saddles a have the saddles cut to a 9.5 radius. For your information Setzer replaces his entire bridge with a Gibson ABR-1 Bridge. Next.. The First thing that I saw when I opened the case, was that the strings were not correctly aligned over the Pickup Pole Pieces. After going to TV Jones' website and getting the spec's for their Classic Pickups both the Neck and the Bridge Pickup Pole pieces, did not match the Spec's from TV Jones. (The Pole Pieces were measured with Calipers accurate to 1000th of an inch) What does this mean? Either these are not TV Jones pickups or they are poorly made, and it will be difficult to make the strings align over the pole pieces. The Best Fix would be to Buy New Pickups from TV Jones Directly and install them. You do not need to replace the wiring harness it actually has Switch-Craft Parts and decent wire. If you don't want to replace the pickups you will have to remount them for the best alignment possible and re-cut the bridge saddles for the best possible spacing. Next.. The neck with the factory setup has Way to much relief. Guitar factories ship guitars out with plenty of relief so they can hang in music stores for a Year and not have any buzz when someone plays them. I Measured .035 of relief at the 5-6th fret. A Properly setup neck should have .002 to .000 of relief, because this is how much you will have to file off the frets to get them perfectly flat. So what does this mean? When you adjust the truss rod to remove the relief, more than likely you will need some fret work. I honestly have to say that this Factory Set-up is among the Poorest I've Ever Seen. Next .... The Nut should be re-cut or replaced depending on the other factors mentioned above. Next.... The Bigsby ... sounds like the "Wreck of the old 97'" coming down the track, with all it squeaking. Here's a simple fix. Lubricate all the moving parts with Vaseline and replace the Factory Washers with teflon washers about .030 thick. Silence is Golden! Next.. The Maple on this G6120SSLVO is probably AA Grade nothing fancy, like the Vintage 6120's are. Now for some Good News! The Body is built exceptionally well inside, and the paint job is awesome! How Does it Sound? The Pickups will instantly transport you to the 1950's and give you a Classic Vintage Sound. How Does Play? With the factory setup an experienced player will feel that something is not quite right, and the inexperienced player will eventually come to the same conclusion. The Bottom Line...If you want to spend $500 to $1000 for Parts and Labor, and make the above repairs, this guitar is PHENOMENAL !!! If you don't want to spend the cash, look for an old Chet Atkins Model... Like Setzer does.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Guitar

By Tanuki Shady

from Orange County, CA

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Pros

  • Beautiful Sound
  • Bigsby Vibrato
  • Chet Atkins
  • Comfortable size
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Craftsmanship
  • Very Expressive

Cons

  • Buzzy Abr Bridge Wire
  • Mismatched Bridge Radius

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

This is one of the best guitars I've ever owned and played. I absolutely love the way it sounds and plays once I replaced the bridge with a TonePros ABR-1 and conformed the saddles to the 9.5" fretboard radius. It comes stock with a 12" radius bridge, which means the outer strings are higher from the fretboard than the inner strings, making it weird feeling to play. Once this was fixed, it's heavenly. That cost a bit to have a good luthier install the new bridge because the stock is metric and the TonePros he had was standard (imperial), so he had to fill the existing bridge holes and drill new ones to fit. I also changed the dice knobs to the regular G-arrows that come with it.

The 6120 is comfortably smaller than the Falcon, which sounds great, too, but is unwieldy for me. The Setzer model locking tuners and pinned bridge make stringing and tuning much easier. Note that the pickup selector and "mud switch" are reversed, as per Brian Setzer's preference. I like the sound of Gretsch models without the tone controls better, so the limitation is a worthwhile tradeoff to me. You get the unadulterated tone of the Classic TV Jones pups that way.

I play a variety of styles, and record my own original music. I don't play live, and am not in a band. My favorite amp for it is a Fender Vibro-King, but it sounds great through any amp. The Fender Super Reverb is another good match for this guitar. I also use a Bogner Duende and a Mesa Roadster.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Save $2,000 and Upgrade a 5120

By G6120

from VA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

I LOVE Brian Setzer and my stock orange 5120 just was not cutting it. I bought this guitar when I had extra gig money and as stated in the ratings it is high quality and has great features with the TV Jones Pups that really showcase how bad the 5120 stock Pups sound. I did have to have it set up for $150. As far as value goes I gave it a rating of a 2.0 because the guy I took this guitar to for the set up told me he just upgraded a 5120 and the bracing and body are identical, and the only difference was the TV Jones Pups, Sperzel Locking tuners and the wiring harness/pot quality. SO I thought I would upgrade my OLD 5120 (I bought for $600 from MF?now that?s a value). I installed two TV Jones Pups ($300) and had it set up/new nut ($100) and Sperzels for $60. Grand Total including guitar $1,060 and you will have a guitar that sounds...IMO as good if not better than the Setzer 6120. Once I made the above changes I went back the Setzer Gretsch and played them side by side and was disappointed that I had spent the money on the Setzer 6120. Don't get me wrong the 6120 is great, however I think everyone can save about $2,000 by upgrading a 5120.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Should be more guitar, for the bucks...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

When I got the brand new intrument and played it for the first time in my living room I was very dissapointed about the setup. It was definitely the worst factory setup that I saw in 25 years. The bridge did not match the radius of the fingerboard, that caused very bad fret buzzing.The tuners were loose, some frets were higher than others, etc. etc.I think a guitar like that should actually not leave a factory ! I had to fix the problem spots and than it was o.k But if you pay this much for a guitar and you first have to fix it, than it drives you crazy... However, the sound is not bad at all and delievers that twang your lookin`for. First try the axe at your local dealer !!!

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(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A Professional Guitar Tech Tells All

By Daddy-O-4XFx0

from Long Island, NY

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

First a little about myself. I am a professional musician and luthier for 30 years and have professionally repaired and setup numerous guitars. I also have owned and played many Gretsch guitars, they have always been my favorite guitar. If you brought this guitar to a Professional Guitar Tech for evaluation on whether to "Buy it or Not", here is what he would say:From the factory these Guitars are assembled with Mismatched Parts, specifically the Fretboard is a 9.5 radius and the Bridge is a 12 radius which means, if you set the strings up for normal playing, some strings will be higher off the fretboard than the the others. The fix for this is to replace the Bridge Saddles a have the saddles cut to a 9.5 radius. For your information Setzer replaces his entire bridge with a Gibson ABR-1 Bridge. Next.. The First thing that I saw when I opened the case, was that the strings were not correctly aligned over the Pickup Pole Pieces. After going to TV Jones' website and getting the spec's for their Classic Pickups both the Neck and the Bridge Pickup Pole pieces, did not match the Spec's from TV Jones. (The Pole Pieces were measured with Calipers accurate to 1000th of an inch) What does this mean? Either these are not TV Jones pickups or they are poorly made, and it will be difficult to make the strings align over the pole pieces. The Best Fix would be to Buy New Pickups from TV Jones Directly and install them. You do not need to replace the wiring harness it actually has Switch-Craft Parts and decent wire. If you don't want to replace the pickups you will have to remount them for the best alignment possible and re-cut the bridge saddles for the best possible spacing. Next.. The neck with the factory setup has Way to much relief. Guitar factories ship guitars out with plenty of relief so they can hang in music stores for a Year and not have any buzz when someone plays them. I Measured .035 of relief at the 5-6th fret. A Properly setup neck should have .002 to .000 of relief, because this is how much you will have to file off the frets to get them perfectly flat. So what does this mean? When you adjust the truss rod to remove the relief, more than likely you will need some fret work. I honestly have to say that this Factory Set-up is among the Poorest I've Ever Seen. Next .... The Nut should be re-cut or replaced depending on the other factors mentioned above. Next.... The Bigsby ... sounds like the "Wreck of the old 97'" coming down the track, with all it squeaking. Here's a simple fix. Lubricate all the moving parts with Vaseline and replace the Factory Washers with teflon washers about .030 thick. Silence is Golden! Next.. The Maple on this G6120SSLVO is probably AA Grade nothing fancy, like the Vintage 6120's are. Now for some Good News! The Body is built exceptionally well inside, and the paint job is awesome! How Does it Sound? The Pickups will instantly transport you to the 1950's and give you a Classic Vintage Sound. How Does Play? With the factory setup an experienced player will feel that something is not quite right, and the inexperienced player will eventually come to the same conclusion. The Bottom Line...If you want to spend $500 to $1000 for Parts and Labor, and make the above repairs, this guitar is PHENOMENAL !!! If you don't want to spend the cash, look for an old Chet Atkins Model... Like Setzer does.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Suprisingly great hard rocker

By DaVinci420

from Philadelphia, Pa

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

I was in guitar center one day and was just playing around, trying out different guitars. I picked up this one and the closest amp was a mesa boogie metal machine. I was curious what a rockabilly guitar would sound like juiced like metal machine, thinking it wouldnt sound so good. I was wrong. It was the clearest, most unique sound I've ever heard. This hollowbody just wailed on a "sad but true" tone and sounded like studio quality. I was so amazed I was considering selling all my equipment to afford it. The tremolo however was too stiff for my taste.

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5.0

My 30th b-day present

By Gretsch Guy

from Cincinnati

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

My wonderful wife just bought me my Setzer for my 30th. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever owned. Wonderful workmanship and a sound to die for, it is possible that this baby is going to the grave with me...and now I won't say where I will be burried.

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5.0

UNREAL

By jrgretsch6122

from West Chester, PA

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

This guitar is just simply amazing...period!!! I own a Gretsch 6122 Country Classic Jr as well, and I love it, but this thing is on a whole new level. It is easy to look at, plays amazingly well, and has all the right features. the 59' tressle bracing gives it a nice solid feel and great sustain, and the TV jones pickups are 1 of a kind and clean. whether you are a picker or rocker, this thing does it all. VERY versatile. If you find one of these, and you love Gretsch like I do, treat yourself...you won't regret it!

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5.0

Gretsch 6120 SSLVO

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

Current production via collaboration with Fender. FMIC has taken over Gretsch and with their resources and vast network have really endeavored to do it RIGHT. From what I can see they have. Saw my SSLVO and it simply took my breath away. Brian Setzer is big at my house, we have all the books, CDs, DVDs, etc. My daughter had a beautiful orange '99 Setzer Hot Rod and I was aware of the new model with the trestle bracing and all from the Gretsch and Fender websites and comments on the Brian Setzer website. When I saw it I simply said, "I'll take it". It was behind glass and had never been played, they just got it in the day before and it still had the packing paper on it. Didn't need to play it in the store, GC has a great return policy. The main thing though is how it sounds and it sounds spectacular, pure and simple. NOTHING sounds like a real-deal high end Gretsch with TV Jones Classics. Play mine mostly through a Deluxe Reverb with a touch of delay, OD, reverb and tremolo and it cops the rockabilly sound like nothing else. In addition, I've spent some time playing quite a bit of jazz chord-melody through it and the results are remarkable. You wouldn't think it but there it is. Who says you need muddy humbuckers for jazz? The TV Jones are clear, clean and articulate - full chords with color tones ring with delicious note separation. It is apparent my SSLVO is rapidly becoming an instrument I can use for just about everything I play, it's that good. Super quality, super sound. By the way, the red position markers are a nice touch. Fender is doing a killer job with the Gretsch line. This instrument will definitely hold it's value. It's easily the finest instrument I've played and I've been at it since 1962.

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5.0

The SSLVO - Not just for rockabilly!

By Brian Taylor-SC4qR

from Pascagoula, MS.

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

I've had this guitar for about two months now (it's my second Gretsch) and am still totally ga-ga about it. Tone, vibe, playability, it's got it all. Take a vintage 6120 and fix all the problems and you've got the sslvo. i really can't say enough good things about this work of art. If you've got the bread, buy it today!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Get No Better Than This

By WW

from Macomb, MI

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Guitar:

What can you say about a piece of art work like this? It's gorgeous, takes your breath away. Plays like magic. I've owned several Gretsch going back to a '64 Chet Atkins and this one is in a class of its own. I won't bore you with the specs, you can get those any where. Just do yourself a favor and pick one up, look it over closely, play it. You won't be disappointed. Sweet Lord of Mercy this is one fine axe!!!

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