According to my extra-super top secret sources, the Gretsch Custom Shop is hard at work building a replica of Brian Setzer’s classic ’59 Gretsch 6120––the guitar that Setzer used while rocketing to stardom with the Stray Cats.
The guitar, dubbed the Limited Edition Brian Setzer Tribute, will bear the markings of a seriously worn-in Gretsch, including painstakingly recreated scratches, dings, worn down finish & hardware, and even some old stickers (note the oh so rock ‘n’ roll yellow skull & crossbones on the headstock.)
While full specs aren’t available at this time, the Brian Setzer Tribute is expected to feature a single cutaway hollowbody design, with trestle bracing, an ebony fretboard with 22 frets (and neo-classic thumbnail inlays,) a pair of TV Jones Classic pickups, authentic Bigsby Vibrato tailpiece (including “wear & tear” of course,) dual “dice” tone knobs, and a Relic Cowboy case.
Just 59 of the instruments will be produced, and the guitar will also ship with a DVD documentary featuring Brian Setzer.
No word yet on pricing.