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Gretsch Eddie Cochran Tribute Model

11 January 2010 Leave a comment

Gretsch Eddie Cochran TributeGretsch are doing a, very limited, run of fifty instruments based on Eddie Cochran’s guitar.

The famous, modified Gretsch 6120 played by Cochran and now residing in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame was the template for some seriously intricate measuring by Gretsch Custom Shop master luthier Stephen Stern.  Stern checked everything that could be checked on Cochran’s guitar and then set about building an exact replica.

The result is the Gretsch Custom Shop G6160EC.

This instrument’s features include a bound laminated maple body and arched top, a specially shaped three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck with a 22-fret 9″-radius bound rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge base, vintage-style gold GotohSE700-05M tuners, modified plexi pickguard, western block fingerboard inlays (with cactus, steer heads and fences), lower body bout “G” brand, and pearloid steer head/Gretsch logo inlay on the bound headstock.

Electrics consist of a a Seymour Duncan Dog Ear P-90 style pickup at the neck and a Seymour Duncan DynaSonic single-coil bridge pickup coupled to a three-way switch.

Being a signature model, you get a bundle of Cochran-related stuff with your guitar.  You’ll get a reproduction of Eddie’s guitar strap, a polishing cloth, some photos and a tour poster.  Also included is a Christmas card signed by Cochran, a DVD and a ‘laundry list’ – apparently a reproduction of a hand-written note fond in Eddie’s guitar case after the 1960 English tour.

For more information on cool guitars and unusual laundry lists, go to Gretsch.

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Written by: Gerry Hayes
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