> “This is one of the only Gretsches that Fred Gretsch didn’t get when he bought my collection,” Bachman says. “Chet Atkins had read in Rolling Stone magazine about my 6120 being stolen and decided to call me. The first two times he called, I was out in the backyard, building a tree house for my kids. My daughter came out and said what sounded like, ‘Chad is on the phone and wants to talk to you,’ I thought she was talking about Chad Allen from the Guess Who and told her to say I’d call back. The third time the phone rang, she came back and said, ‘He really, really, really wants to talk to you. He’s calling from Tennessee and he’s got a weird accent.’ So I went to the phone, and he said, ‘Howdy, this is Chet.’ I could barely speak, because this was my idol. He asked me, ‘Did you ever get back the 6120?’ I said, ‘No, I’m never gonna get it back.’ And he said, ‘Okay, what’s your address?’ Four days later, this Super Axe shows up. The string tree was a mod that Chet did himself, because the strings kept popping out of the nut.”more
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