IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This item can only be delivered to UK addresses.
It’s not every day that you can say you’ve just taken delivery of the finest guitar your store has ever offered, but the York branch of Musicroom has that privilege. From the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona, California we are proud to present the Gretsch G6120-DSW Relic, handmade by Master Builder Stephen Stern.
The idea of a Gretsch Custom Shop guitar may be a fairly new concept to some players – it certainly doesn’t carry the reputation or widespread exposure of the Fender Custom Shop based in the same Californian facility – however if you’ve ever come to love the quality and prestige of Gretsch guitars, then we can assure you that this Custom Shop beauty takes everything up a few notches.
The guitar is hand crafted by Master Builder Stephen Stern, a luthier whose journey reads like a review of guitar history. Trained by a true master in Jimmy D’Aquisto, Stephen honed his skills through time at huge manufacturers such as Charvel and Jackson before a stint in the legendary Fender Custom Shop. In 2005 Stephen took charge at the newly founded Gretsch Custom Shop with a mission to ‘produce instruments of breathtaking beauty and sound while preserving and celebrating the great artistic legacy of Gretsch guitars and the legends who have played them’.
The guitar itself is an absolute pleasure to play – you literally run out of words to describe how fantastic this instrument is. Whether it’s shimmering glassy clean tones or hard edged dirty blues and rock that you seek, this guitar can do it all. A set of DynaSonic pickups give you the sounds that you could only dream of when you were growing up. It’s aesthetically breathtaking with a tribute to the mid-1950s Gretsch guitars – the classic G brand in the body and western inlays and appointments create a guitar that could easily double up as a piece of art in a museum . To top it all off, the guitar has been put through a relic process that creates the impression of having many years under its belt and a great deal of loving use.
Here’s what Dean Wilby, Musicroom’s own Gretsch expert, has to say about this instrument:
‘This is one of the nicest Gretsch guitars I’ve ever played, and I’ve played a lot. It’s something very special indeed, one of those guitars that you never, ever want to put down. You hear that phrase a lot in guitar stores, but in this case it couldn’t be more true. The guitar pulls a level of playing out of you that you never even knew you had. The Gretsch Custom Shop is a very small outfit – the chance to get one of these guitars doesn’t come up very often. Most high end Gretsch guitars are made in Japan so the chance to own a hand crafted American beauty should not be missed.’
Body Shape: Nashville
Body Back: Laminated Maple
Body Sides: Laminated Maple Sides
Body Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Body Finish: Aged Nitrocellulose Lacquer
F Holes Sound Holes: Bound Oversized F-Holes
Body Depth: 2.75" (69.85 mm) Body Width Lower Bout: 16" (40.64 cm)
Body Binding: Multiple Body Bindings
Number of Frets: 22
Position Inlays: Western Block Inlay Position Markers of Cactus, Steerheads & Fences
Fingerboard Radius: 12" Radius (305 mm)
Head Stock Binding: Binding on Headstock
Neck Material: Maple
Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Scale Length: 24.6" (62.5 cm)
Neck Binding: Bound Fingerboard
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop DynaSonic Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop DynaSonic Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone
Case: Deluxe Cream Hardshell Case
Pickguard: Gold Plexi Pickguard
Included Accessories: Includes Deluxe Cream Hardshell Case, Gretsch Leather Strap
Control Knobs: Arrow Knobs