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In this picture Johnny Marr can be seen playing this guitar. "The Gretsch 6120 that I used to write and record "Stretch Out And Wait". You can hear it on "Is It Really So Strange?" too. I got it from The Who and It's one of the best old 1960's Gretsch's that I've played. I got introduced to a guy called Alan Rogan who used to work for Townshend, Clapton and Keith Richards. I ended up getting a load of guitars off him. That's where the Gretsch 6120 came in. It's the one Townshend played on loads of Who stuff. I don't know why he sold it to a geek like me." Johnny used this 6120 on 5 out of 6 documented dates of the Smith's final 1986 tour, for Meat Is Murder only. It was tuned to Open G, the same tuning used on "Stretch Out And Wait" and "The Headmaster Ritual". Source: http://www.smithsonguitar.com/2008/12/johnny-marrs-gear.htmlmore
*Music Radar* talks about this guitar in [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/15-gretsch-electric-guitar-stars-240229/9) saying "Townshend used the hollow-body on many of his post-Tommy Who recordings - Who’s Next and Quadrophenia are two stunning examples - and, after the instrument was repaired (only the neck was broken), he continued to employ it on both band and solo albums."more
He had this one until he gave it to Pete Townshend, who made significant progress on "Who's Next" with this guitar. Excerpt from Guitar World interview: "It was also Walsh who laid on Pete Townshend the 1959 Gretsch 6120 and 1959 Fender Bandmaster amp that Pete used to create the unforgettable guitar sound on Who’s Next."more
The 6120 was designed by Gretsch and endorsed by Chet, himself. This guitar was the original "Country Gentleman" and in a well-documented presentation of Chet's gear, Premier Guitar stated this: "All aesthetic extravagances on the 6120 were eliminated on the Country Gentleman, which came along in 1959. Chet’s personal edition is surely one of the most beautiful electric guitars ever built, even if the f-holes are decals." "...this is the guitar heard on most of those dazzling records"more
Brian Setzer’s guitar tech, Tyler Sweet discusses the 1959 Gretsch 6120 at 0:25 in this Rig Rundown from Premier Guitar saying, “This is Brian’s original guitar that he played in the Stray Cats. It was basically in all the videos and he’s had it for a long time. He bought it when he was just a young kid and he’s broken it back out again in the last year. It’s sounding great and he’s totally digging it.“more
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