Randy Bachman reunited with beloved orange 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins after 45 years apart

Takeshi (left) and Randy Bachman exchange guitars on July 1, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan
(Image credit: Christopher Jue/Getty Images)

Back in October, it was reported that Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive electric guitar player Randy Bachman was set to be reunited with his beloved orange 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins.

Having purchased the guitar in 1963 at the tender age of 20, Bachman used the elegant Gretsch throughout his time with the Guess Who and BTO. Due to its sentimental value, Bachman often went to extreme lengths to keep the guitar safe – even reportedly chaining it to hotel room toilets. Sadly though, the guitar was stolen at a Toronto-area Holiday Inn in 1976, after Bachman left it unattended for just five minutes. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.