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The Single Anniversary had one Filter’Tron humbucking pickup in the neck position, a tone switch, and a single volume control on the rounded body ‘horn’.
Not that we whole-heartedly recommend this route: such modification requires careful consideration of the potential devaluation of an original vintage guitar, weighed alongside the expense of having such work done professionally.
Otherwise, what did the 6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody of ’58 and ’58 have that the Double Anniversary lacked?
A bound neck and headstock, bound f-holes, and a Bigsby – and that was about it. Those were clearly a draw for plenty of players, but at 5 for the 6120 compared to 0 for the Double Anniversary, well, you can see why so many players snatched up the latter.
Both had hollow bodies that were 16 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep, made from braced laminated maple, with dual f-holes and rounded cutaways.
Likewise, their necks had ebony fingerboards, and they were made to the shorter traditional 24.5-inch Gretsch scale length.
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The Double Anniversary’s bargain status circa 1958 to ’59 translates to more affordable prices on today’s vintage market when compared to a 6120 of the same period, and in similar condition.