Brian Setzer is having a rockabilly riot of a guitar sale with Reverb

It's hard to imagine a living guitarist who has done more to showcase the greatness of Gretsch electric guitars over the years – and Brian Setzer has the collection to prove it. Now he's selling some rare gear from his stellar career.

The Brian Setzer Reverb sale goes live on 26 August but ahead of the launch let's take a look at some of the highlights in what's sure to be a huge draw for collectors and rockabilly guitar fans. 

Gretsch 6120 Smoke Prototype

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Used on the hit Sleepwalk from The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s breakthrough 1998 album The Dirty Boogie.

"People are very interested in the guitar that's called Smoke, that Gretsch is making," says Setzer. "It's an exact replica of the guitar I've played for 30 years. I've played it on all the albums and tours, on Sleepwalk and all those songs. 

"They've made two prototypes. This is the first prototype of the Smoke guitar. That's a real nice-playing one."

Leopard print Gretsch Hot Rod

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This was used in the 2002 Disney film, The Country Bears. It's hand-painted by Tom 'TV' Jones too. 

"That one is gonna be… you better buy that quick. I might not sell that," Setzer says.

Rickenbacker 12-string 

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Used for Mini Bar Blues on Setzer's 13 album and tour. "I achieved the unique sound by tuning the top two strings, the Bs and the Es, in harmony," he reveals.

Gretsch Hot Rod Red Sparkle 

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"The Red Sparkle one Gretsch made for me, that I used on nearly every Christmas tour, that's a really good one." 

Silver Sparkle upright bass 

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Gretsch TV Jones 'Grinch' Spectra  baritone

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Gretsch Black Phoenix 'Triumph'

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1963 Fender Blonde Bassman with 2x12 cab 

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Setzer favours this year of Bassman and this is a choice example; "It's just perfect," says Setzer.  

Gretsch Hot Rod Green Sparkle 

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Another guitar used live with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. 

Jerry Jones Baritone 

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.