You’re not a real cowboy if you’re not playing a guitar with cactus and steer-head inlays. And if you really want to be the baddest rustler on the range you need this one – probably the earliest example of a Gretsch 6121. Available now on Reverb this one looks like the real deal. S/N 16453.
It’s a Duo Jet. It’s a Penguin. It’s a combination Duo Jet, Penguin.
What happens when you take the coolest headstock in all of guitardom and stab it onto a 1968 Gretsch Duo Jet?
You get one of these. The neck and finish put together by Dan Johnson, the guitar tech for the Black Keys band with Mark Axe doing the wiring and set up work.
The opening chord to the Beatles ‘Hard Days Night’ has been argued about for decades. Exactly how did they create that sound?! The discovery of the original master tapes has shed some light on this (see the Randy Bachman video below) and this excerpt from the new Marky Ramone book ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone’ tells of how hard Phil Spector worked to capture the majesty of that chord while recording the Ramones in 1979. Definitely worth a read!
This budget offset is a bargain. A great guitar for surf and indie, or pretty much whatever you want to throw at it. Or get creative and mod it or swap the pickups and bridge and give the boutique guitars a run for their money!