Case in point: the company this week announced an incredibly limited run (just 50 instruments) of G6120 hollowbodies, in tribute to early guitar legend Eddie Cochran.
According to Gretsch, the guitar, which is being built by master luthier Stephen Stern and his team at the Gretsch Custom Shop, will be a faithful replica of Cochran’s original, though modified, 6120 –– now residing in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dubbed the G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute, the guitar will feature a laminated maple top finished in Vintage Western Maple stain, laminated maple back and sides with parallel tone bar bracing, single cutaway body shape, three-piece neck of Maple/Walnut/Maple, and a 9″ radius rosewood fingerboard.
Some stand-out features will include inlay markers of “Cactus, Steerheads & Fences,” multiple body, headstock, and fretboard binding, a pearloid Steerhead and Gretsch logo inlaid on headstock, bound F-holes (oversized,) translucent plexi pickguard, gold “Painted” aluminum Bigsby tailpiece, Relic’d gold-plated hardware, and an aluminum nut.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Eddie Cochran Tribute G6120 though lies in its electronics–– as per the original, which was apparently modified by Cochran, the guitar sports not a pair of DynaSonic single-coils, but just one single-coil pickup at the bridge position and a dog ear p-90 at the neck.
The guitar will ship with distressed hardware, distressed (read Relic’d) nitrocellulose lacquer, and a premium white western case. Only 50 Cochran Tribute guitars will be produced world wide. List price is currently set at $12,000.00