OK, I thought I’d start this series off with a bang – while I’m guessing that a number of you have never heard of the man (he’s a rather obscure phenomenon,) the Reverend Horton Heat is one of my favorite guitarists of all time.
One part rockabilly roots-rocker, one part punk rock madman, the good Rev. absolutely burns up the stage with his hollowbody Gretsch 6120 – a fat, twangy, fire-breathing guitar if there ever was one. Now you can get in on the action too, with the welcome release of Gretsch’s new Reverend Horton Heat Signature G6120.
Hell yes! And it’s about time, too… the Reverend has been touring nearly non-stop for going on two decades, and he’s been playing a Gretsch for as long as I can remember, so its not like he hasn’t put in his time. In fact, the Rev. makes his 6120 do things you’d just never expect from a Gretsch – he absolutely tortures that thing!
And this isn’t just another 6120 with some guy’s signature scrawled across it… it was built to meet the good Reverend’s demanding stage requirements, and sports a mix n’ match set of features, including Gretsch’s western-style inlays (circa 1955, with cactus, steerheads and fences,) dual TV Jones pickups (circa 1958,) and even some nice modern touches, like locking tuners (Sperzel, of course.)
The Gretsch Reverend Horton Heat Signature G6120 Features–
- Laminated Maple Top, Back & Sides
- Two-Piece Maple Neck
- 24.6“ Scale Length
- Ebony Fingerboard With 22 Frets
- Wide-Block Inlays With Western Engraving
- Dual TV Jones Pickups
- Individual & Master Volume Controls
- 3-Way Master Tone Switch
- 3-Way Pickup Switching
- CTS/Switchcraft Electronics
- Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece (With 1956 Handle)
- Deluxe Sperzel Locking Tuners
- Gretsch ”G“ Branding on The Top
- Pearloid Steerhead On Headstock
The Reverend Horton Heat is a hell-raiser of a musician, and I have no doubt that his Signature 6120 is going to prove to be a hell-raiser of a guitar. Orange lacquer finish? Hell yes! Count me in…