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with both in place. But he soon replaced
the neck pickup with a Gibson P-90 that
gave the guitar more bite.
He also individualized the pickguard,
at first placing a piece of tape over Atkins'
signature, then later sanding off the paint
and autograph. Contrary to lore, he did
not replace the stock pickguard with a
clear version.
"Just trying to be an individual, I think,"
says rockabilly guitarist Darrel Higham, a
Cochran devotee. "No disrespect to Chet."
But the message was clear: Cochran
didn't need to ride on Atkins' coattails.
He was promoting only himself.
Finally, Cochran added a leather-tooled
strap made by Connie "Guybo" Smith, the
mother of his bass player.
Cochran's guitar came from what was
likely the second batch of 6120s made by
Gretsch, according to marque historian
Edward Ball, author of Gretsch 6120: The
History of a Legendary Guitar.
"Early batches at Gretsch were typically comprised of a 100 units, but in the
case of the 6120, they shared a portion of
serial numbers with 6121 solidbodies,"
said Ball. "Point being that of the 100
units within the batch that originates the

Cochran guitar, plausibly 25 percent were
6121 models. Also, for whatever reason, the
first 10 serial numbers in the 16900-16999
batch were taken by Country Club models
from the previous batch, and some had a
rare two-tone gray finish.
"How many 6120s were made in the
same batch as Eddie Cochran's legendary
example? The answer would be on the order
of 65 or so - making them more limited
than some people assume." 
Ball also notes that the earliest examples
in that batch had seven fretboard inlays and
21 frets to the neck, as on the debut batch
of the model (16450-16550). Cochran's
guitar was the updated version, with eight
inlays and a 22-fret neck.

COCHRAN'S GRETSCH
LEGACY
Today, Cochran's 6120 remains with his
family and is on loan to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland.
But its influence travels far and wide.
Given the pedigree of the brand and the
influence of rockabilly, it's little wonder
that rockers plugged in Gretsch hollowbodies, from George Harrison to Brian
Jones to Mike Nesmith of the Monkees and

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beyond. And others followed, including
Poison Ivy of the Cramps, Jim Heath of the
Reverend Horton Heat, David Lee of the
Legendary Shack Shakers, Higham, who
plays with his wife Imelda May, and more.
Still, for all its history, the 6120 may
never have achieved its current level of
fame, desirability, and value if it were not
for rockabilly revivalist Brian Setzer. The
Stray Cat proved the 6120's musical essence
and class for a modern age that had largely
forgotten about the guitar.
"What really started me on the Gretsch
was walking into a local record store,"
said Setzer. "The owner hung the album
covers on fishing line so it looked like they
were just floating in midair and spinning
around. When I saw that picture of Eddie
Cochran on the cover of that '72 Legendary
Masters LP and he's got that Gretsch and
his hair slicked back... I said, 'Oh my god,
that's the guy.'
"I didn't know who he was and I'd never
heard his music. But I wanted to be him.
I wanted to look like him. I bought the
record and went home and it absolutely
changed my life. It was the whole package.
I just wanted to be that. It turned my life
around."


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