Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Review & Prices

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Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Review
  • From Gretsch's 2011 Professional Collection series
  • Duane Eddy Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • 2-Piece Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Bigsby B6CBDE Vibrato Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Duane Eddy Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast tuners
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  • From Gretsch's 2011 Professional Collection series
  • Duane Eddy Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • 2-Piece Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Bigsby B6CBDE Vibrato Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Duane Eddy Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast tuners
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Verdict: is The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 a Good Guitar?

Made in a country with top quality control, which means you should get a high-quality instrument made with good materials and excellent attention to detail. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing chords more than solos. You can find other models with valuable features (locking tuners, stainless steel frets, etc) for a lower price. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Jazz or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 71
Build quality 75
Value for money 59
Overall Score 74
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Prices

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Is the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3100, which means that the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 costs around 19% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Bigsby Tremolo bridge that are made in Japan.

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Is The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Easy to Play?

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's 24.6" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Scale Length Comparison
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is similar to some of the Les Paul guitars made in the 50s, and it's slightly shorter than modern Les Pauls (24.75''). Short scales like these make the tone sound more bassy. It also makes the frets closer to each other, and bending is easier due to the lower tension of the strings. However, it comes at the cost of not letting you set the action of the strings as low without hearing fret buzz because the low tension will make the strings looser.

Remember that you can still try a thicker string gauge to increase the tension to let you lower the action.

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Neck Profile

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Neck Profile
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a V type neck. This is a vintage type of neck that is not so common nowadays. Some people like it because they can rest their hand easily while letting their thumb hang over the edge of the fretboard. It's thicker than most modern necks, so it's great for playing chords but not so much for shredding.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 has a fingerboard radius of 12". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.6'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.685'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Nut Width
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Nut Width

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Fret Size Comparison
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 60
Playability 75

Does the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Gretsch. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's configuration is SS. This is the classic Telecaster configuration and it's used mainly for playing clean or with low-gain distortion. It doesn't give you as much versatility as a Strat SSS configuration, but you might like the cleaner look of a guitar body with fewer pickups.

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Gretsch DynaSonic Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
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Gretsch DynaSonic Neck Pickup
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Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Gretsch DynaSonic Bridge Pickup
Gretsch DynaSonic Neck Pickup
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Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
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Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120's switch options

What music genre is the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 good for?

As a 6 strings, Hollowbody guitar with SS configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Jazz or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 100
Sustain 60
Versatility 57
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 71

How well is the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Built?

Where is the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 is made in Japan. You should expect a high-quality guitar with excellent quality control. It can be compared to guitars made in the US, which is why they're also expensive.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120:

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

The body and neck are made of Maple. This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Finally, the fretboard material is Rosewood. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

Bridge

The bridge is a Bigsby B6CBDE Vibrato Tailpiece. This is a classy bridge that will make any guitar look vintage. It's a subtle tremolo, so it won't change the pitch of the strings too much and is very friendly with classic Jazz and other retro genres. The big disadvantage is that it's difficult to change the strings and setup correctly.

Also, if it's not well done, this type of bridge can cause your guitar to get out of tune often. For this reason, it's often better paired with roller saddles.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 has a Brass nut. This material was more common in the 70s and 80s, but it was slowly replaced by Bone as the better material. This type of nut gives the guitar a brighter tone and more sustain for the open strings. However, it's one of the softest metals, so it will wear down eventually and doesn't have the slippery nature of Bone, which helps with tuning stability.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 66
Features 60
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 75

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Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature 6120 Specs

General
Brand: Gretsch
Year: 2011
Configuration: SS
Strings: 6
Made in: Japan
Series: Professional Collection
Colors: Orange
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Bridge: Bigsby B6CBDE Vibrato Tailpiece
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: 2-Piece Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Hump Block
Scale Size: 24.6"
Shape: Duane Eddy
Frets: 22 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Brass
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil / Passive)