Gretsch have honoured one of rock ‘n’ roll’s true originators at Frankfurt Musicmesse with the unveiling of their G6120DE Duane Eddy “Signature” Hollow Body.
This stunning model is a single-cutaway based on Eddy’s original 1957 G6120 and features a three-piece bound maple neck with brass nut, lacquer finish and slim profile, a bound headstock, a 12″-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium frets and hump-block pearloid inlays with a fetching western orange stain lacquer finish.
Pickups come in the form of dual DynaSonic single-coil pickups with three-position switching and the guitar is finished with a gold plexi pickguard bearing the Gretsch logo and Eddy’s signature.
Hardware includes a modern Tru-Arc bridge and Bigsby B6CBDE vibrato tailpiece with Duane Eddy-style “DE” handle and extra-long string-retainer pins, gold G-arrow control knobs and gold-plated, chrome and polished aluminum, gold-plated Grover V98G Sta-Tite tuners and a handy Dunlop Straplok system.
‘Duane Eddy is still going strong in 2011, and he will be forever revered as an original guitar hero who put a deep and resounding twang into rock ‘n’ roll. On a string of late 1950s and early ’60s instrumental hits, he used dramatic single-note melodies on the lower strings of his guitar, pronounced tremolo and vibrato, and liberal doses of echo to produce a signature sound that evoked souped-up cars on Saturday night one minute-and the wide-open vistas of the Wild West the next. With unmistakably distinctive hits including “Rebel Rouser,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Cannonball,” “The Lonely One,” “Shazam,” and “Some Kinda Earthquake,” he became the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting 15 top-40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and selling more than 100 million records worldwide.
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