Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The twangs the thang

After my musical equivalent of outing I have been musing on times past resulting in lots of googling of guitars I have owned and played. My default setting instrument was always a Les Paul custom but for style and sound I loved my Gretsch 6120. I picked my 1959 issue Gretsch for a couple of hundred quid and for several years it was never far from my side. Made famous by the likes of Eddie Cochran the Gretsch was perfect for the  punkabilly  I played for awhile but as my musical tastes led to a heavier and louder sound its semi acoustic nature caused problems.I love controlled feedback but the Gretsch when played through my mesa boogie running a Marshall stack was a continual sonic battle. Now older and not much wiser I have considered the sin of buying back my guitars as a fun investment as a good 6120 will fetch over £10000. The old me would hate that so perhaps in honour of times gone by I'll leave such guitars in the hands of those who would do them justice.

7 comments:

About Last Weekend said...

Wow! really that much? Hard to let it go, but that is one luxury holiday in Hawaii sitting there (I always think of things in terms of holidays)

Scrobs... said...

Great guitar that Thudders! Didn't the Everly Brothers use them too?

I was going to sell my Eko 12 string, but didn't have the heart...

And also it's not really worth £10,000!

Vinogirl said...

It was simply beautiful to look at and that is a great quality in anything.

Electro-Kevin said...

These guitars are only going to go up in value. In fact they are one of the best investments out. I'd buy it personally.

Personally I'd go for a Manson's MB1 red glitter guitar. Hugh Manson won't be making these bespoke pieces for much longer and they are exceedingly rare.

£4k.

James Higham said...

Well, as the Gibsons have been impounded by the Feds, it would be hard to get one of those back.

Electro-Kevin said...

Why the MB1 ?

Well the Gretsch's and Gibsons are fetching such a high price because the kids who watched those players and idolised them are now getting City wages or have accrued equity or inherited.

The kids of today who watch Match Bellamy are going to be piss poor - but it's quite possible that the Chinese kids who watched him are going to be very rich indeed.

As long as there's Rock there's a market. And if there ain't Rock ...

An MB1 can't be mass produced. There's only one guy makes them and the guy who uses them (like him or not) is widely acclaimed as a guitar God.

Thud said...

Ta for the info Kev as I'm way out of touch.