Rockabilly Bad Boy: Gretsch Releases Brian Setzer Hot Rod

Regal Blue Brian Setzer Hot Rod GuitarInset of the Hot Rod

Brian Setzer is a long-time favorite guitarist of mine (since way back when I was a teenager, and Setzer was still in the Stray Cats,) and if you know anything about the man you know he’s a Gretsch fanatic. In fact, the last time I checked he had something like five different Brian Setzer Signature model guitars – all from Gretsch!

I think the top-dog of the bunch is probably the Brian Setzer Hot Rod, which is basically a souped-up Gretsch G6120 – a hollowbody guitar that is already well known for it’s sparkling, twangy tone, and red hot good looks.

With the Brian Setzer Hot Rod model Gretsch has added even more muscle to this guitar, including the best of both contemporary and old-school hardware: Sperzel locking tuners? Check. Trestle bracing circa 1959? Check. TV Jones-designed Hot Rod Filtertron pickups? Double check!

Other drool-inducing custom features include a Delrin nut, chrome “Hot Rod” headstock logo, multiple binding on the body and fretboard, silver plexi “Hot Rod” pickguard, and even an adjustable truss rod.

The Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Features–

  • Arched Laminated Maple Top
  • Laminated Maple Body (16“ Wide, 2.5” Deep)
  • 1959 Trestle Bracing
  • Maple Neck / 24.6“ Scale Length
  • Ebony Fingerboard With 22 Frets
  • Neo-Classic Thumbnail Inlays
  • Dual Hot Rod FilterTron Pickups
  • Master Volume Control
  • 3-Way Pickup Switching
  • Pinned Rosewood Adjusto-Matic Bridge
  • Authentic Bigsby B6C Vibrato
  • Deluxe Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs,
  • And a whole lot more…

This one comes with a hard case, and is available in six different gloss urethan finishes, including: Black, Regal Blue, Candy Apple Red, Tangerine, Lime Gold, and Purple.