Nice… I swear, over the last twelve months or so Gretsch has put out more truly drool-inducing Limited Edition guitars than you can shake a stick at.
Latest in this lineup is the just-announced G6120-CGP––a recreation of the prototype “Stereo” guitar that Gretsch built for Chet Atkins back in 1956.
So early was the prototype given to Atkins that the instrument’s f-holes were only inlays…. they hadn’t even been routed yet. Only one was ever created.
Chief among the guitar’s innovations though, was a so-called “split-dual-coil pickup” which allowed for two separate audio signals: one for the bass strings, and one for treble.
According to Gretsch––
Chet used this special, one-of-a-kind instrument on his ground breaking 1957 album, “Finger-Style Guitar”. Wired with two output jacks, the signal from the bass strings would run through the echo input on his amplifier while the treble strings were fed dry through the normal channel. Though at the time the concept of a “stereo” guitar was a brilliant idea, it was deemed impractical as the cost to produce it put it out of reach of the general buying public. The project was shelved.
The Chet Atkins Stereo Guitar will feature a body of Laminated Maple, a three-piece Maple neck (24.6“ scale length,) Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and vintage ”Wide-Block“ Pearloid position markers, ”G“ Brand and Simulated ”F-Hole“ inlays on body, and full headstock and fretboard binding.
Inlays on the Body,
Electronics will include a pair of Special Designed TV Jones Dual-Coil pickups (neck pickup features both Stereo and Mono capabilities,) 3-way pickup switching, Stere/Mono switch, individual volume controls, plus Master Volume knob.
The guitar will be built in a limited run of just 75 units worldwide for 2008, and will ship with a G6241 Deluxe Hardshell Case included. No word yet on pricing.