The company was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a 27-year-old German immigrant, shortly after his arrival to the United States.
Friedrich Gretsch manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums until his death in 1895. moved operations to Brooklyn, New York where Gretsch went on to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments.
Secondly, Atkins was a big believer in the benefits of a sealed top.
Possessing pot codes dated April of 1954, serial number 13767 is the earliest documented Gretsch 6120.
The reality is Atkins didn’t have much input on the development of the 6120, and there is evidence it was conceptualized prior to Gretsch’s signing him on to endorse it in 1954.
Chuck Berry also played the Duo Jet when he recorded his first major hit, Maybellene and is pictured on his LP After School Session.
Two other models were introduced - the Country Club, and the White Falcon.
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