Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Review & Prices

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  • From Gretsch's 2019 Artist Signature Edition series
  • Brian Setzer Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 9.5" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B6CGH bridge
  • 3 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Vintage V Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Weight between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 7.55lbs (3.4kgs)
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  • From Gretsch's 2019 Artist Signature Edition series
  • Brian Setzer Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 9.5" to 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B6CGH bridge
  • 3 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Vintage V Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
  • Weight between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 7.55lbs (3.4kgs)
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Verdict: is The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville 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.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 83
Value for money 62
Overall Score 77
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Prices

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Is the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3100, which means that the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville costs around 16% 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 of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Bigsby Tremolo bridge that are made in Japan.

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Is The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Easy to Play?

The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville meets 6 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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Comfortable neck

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

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

How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville weighs between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 7.55lbs (3.4kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's 24.6" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Scale Length Comparison
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville'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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Neck Profile
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville'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.

The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's neck thickness is approximately 0.84'' (21.3mm) at the first fret, and 0.96'' (24.4mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Gretsch website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

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.

Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Fretboard Compound Radius
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's Compound Fretboard Radius

The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville has a compound fingerboard radius of 9.5" to 12".

A compound radius is the best you can get because you'll get the best of both worlds. It starts curved at the nut, but it flattens as you get closer to the guitar body. This means that you'll get great comfortability for chords on the first few frets, but also a flatter fretboard for playing solos without problems on the higher frets.

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Playability compared to main competitors

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
12'' 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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Nut Width
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Nut Width

The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville has a nut width of 42.8mm (1.685''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. 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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville 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.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Fret Size Comparison
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville'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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's frets are Medium Jumbo size. These sit somewhere between a Jumbo and a Medium fret. They're not quite as tall as a full Jumbo, so you'll still feel the fretboard, but you won't feel it as much as with medium frets. This is a good size if you want to make it easy to press the strings but would also like a little bit of ''feedback'' to know when to stop pressing so the notes don't go out of pitch.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 90
Solo Playability 60
Playability 75

Does the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Body, Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Maple Body and Neck: 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.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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.

It has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone, or sound.

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Diagram

Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville's switch options

What music genre is the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville good for?

As a 6 strings, Hollowbody guitar with HH 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 90
Sustain 65
Versatility 67
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 74

How well is the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Built?

Where is the Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville 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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville 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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Bridge

Bigsby B6CGH: 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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Tuners

The Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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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 G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville has a Delrin nut. It's a fabricated nut material made to be similar to bone, but a lot more slippery. It's good for tuning stability as long as it's cut well.

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 60
Features 90
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 83

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Gretsch G6120T-BSSMK Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Specs

General
Brand: Gretsch
Year: 2019
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Japan
Series: Artist Signature Edition
Colors: Orange
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Arched Laminated Maple
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Bridge: Bigsby B6CGH
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Gotoh Locking
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail
Scale Size: 24.6"
Shape: Vintage V
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.84'' (21.3mm) - 12th Fret: 0.96'' (24.4mm)
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" to 12"
Nut: Delrin
Nut Width: 42.8mm (1.685'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Pickup Mods: Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 3
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity (Humbucker / Passive)