Gretsch 6130 Roundup Solidbody Guitar (and Chet Atkins 6121 solidbody guitar)
Description: Gretsch 6130 Round Up guitar
Available: late 1953 to 1957 (sort of.)
Collectibility Rating: B+.
Very simular in features and appearance to the Chet Atkins 6121 with solid body 13 1/4 inches wide.
The color of the 6130 roundup is usually more brown and less orange (compared to a 6121),
but this is not always the case.
Also on all these models (6130, 6121, etc.), the body is really not solid.
Yet Gretsch called this series of guitars a "solidbody".
The Gretsch 6130 has knotty pine top or mahogany (instead of maple on 6121) was introduced
in late 1953. It had a western "belt buckle" tailpiece
(instead of Bigsby on a 6121), Melita bridge (instead of aluminum bridge), tortoise pickguard
with engraved steer head, and a bone nut (instead of an aluminum nut). Models late 1953 to 1955 have
full "cowboy" attributes including the cow and cactus fingerboard inlays, cowboy
belt buckle tailpiece, "G" brand, and leather cowboy tooling around the body, making
them very unique Americana guitars. By late 1955 the Grestch 6130 was gone, replaced by
the new 6121 Chet Atkin model. Basically the 6121 model made the 6130 redundant,
so the Gretsch 6130 model was deleted.
In 1957, a batch of Gretsch 6130 models was made. Why this happened is unknown. But
the 6130 was made in late 1953 to 1955, none made in 1956, a single batch in 1957, and
then no other 6130 models were made in 1958 or later.
The Gretsch Chet Atkins 6121 solidbody was very similar to the Gretsch 6130 Round up.
The differences included a maple top on the 6121 (knotty pine or mahogany on the 6130),
orange top finish on the 6121 (the 6130 generally had a more brownish top finish),
a metal aluminum nut on the 6121 (bone or plastic nut on the 6130), and a Bigsby vibrato
on the Chet Atkins 6121 (western "belt buckle" tailpiece on the 6130). In 1957 the inlays
changed to humptop inlays on both models). The Gretsch Chet Atkins 6121 stayed in production
until 1963 (unlike the Roundup 6130 that stopped production in the 1950s). Hence in 1961
the Chet Atkins 6121 became a double cutaway model, and in 1962 got a standby switch.
The 6121 was discontinued in 1963.
If you need to figure out the exact year of your Gretsch Roundup 6130 guitar or Chet
Atkins 6121 solidbody guitar, use the serial number
from the serial/model number label.
This is located inside the body in one one of the rear control cavities.
See the Gretsch Serial Number Info web page
for help determining the exact year.
If you have a vintage Gretsch 6130 Roundup or Chet Atkins solidbody 6121
guitar for sale, please contact me at
- Late 1953 Gretsch Roundup 6130 guitar Introduction specs:
- Single Cutaway, body finished in Amber Red, Orange, or Mahogony Brown.
- Two DeArmond single coil pickups.
- "Belt Buckle" western tailpiece.
- Three knobs on lower bout, one on cutaway, 1 switch on upper bout.
- Melita bridge (gold).
- Tortoise pickguard with engraved steerhead.
- "G" branded into top.
- Sides covered with wester-motif tooled leather.
- Celluloid block inlays with engraved cows and cactus.
- 24 3/4" scale
- Longhorn steer inlay peghead.
- Gold plated parts.
- Model made with these specs until discontinued in late 1955 due
to the 6121 model's similarities.
- 1957 Gretsch Roundup 6130 guitar specs:
- One batch of 6130 guitars made in 1957.
- Truss rod cover was bulbish (happened with all Gretsch models in early 1956).
- "G" brand gone.
- "Humptop" inlays replace blocks.
- Model discontinued in 1957.