In 1962 the Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 had a dramatic makeover. Music had changed, and the rise of rock meant a lot of updates to guitar designs to accommodate dramatically increasing stage volumes and common use of higher frets on the neck. In particular, the new, thinner and double cutaway, sealed top ‘Electrotone’ body replaced the classic fully hollow single-cutaway. A mechanical string mute system was added to the body, with a plastic access plate on the back covered by a leather backpad, snap-on cover. Also f-holes become simulated (painted-on).
This example of the 1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 production is in original condition. The condition of this guitar is excellent. The western orange finish is still stunning and the binding is still in very good condition. The two FilterTron pickups sound amazing. It is very comfortable and absolutely has the vintage vibe!
John Lennon is seen in this picture playing a Gretsch 6120 double cutaway (a 1962 model) in the studio. He played it on "She said she said"... Maybe "I feel fine"... then he gave it to his cousin along with a 5e3 Tweed Deluxe later painted in black from the Hamburg Days.