Can anyone identify year and model of this 6120?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by lderenge, Jan 14, 2019.

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  1. lderenge

    lderenge Newbie

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Louisville, KY
    It's on sale used at Guitar Center for a nice price. Also, does anyone know that is sticking out of the left f hole?

    I'd appreciate any information. Thanks

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  2. ARGuitarGuy

    ARGuitarGuy Electromatic

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    Nov 21, 2018
    New Jersey
    This article provides the info you need to date Gretsch guitars based on serial number:

    https://www.gretschguitars.com/support/product-dating

    It’s helpful to have a little knowledge of Gretsch models and history to make sense of it all but it’s fairly self explanatory.

    There’s no reliable way to date a 6120 by looking at a picture.

    I suspect the think in the f-hole is a damp-it, used for humidifying the guitar, a good idea in the dry winter months.


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  3. ARGuitarGuy

    ARGuitarGuy Electromatic

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    Nov 21, 2018
    New Jersey
    Looks like a nice guitar. Made in Japan, by the way, suggests it was built in the past 20-25 years, most likely after the acquisition of the company by Fender. I just bought a 6118 “Anniversary” from my local GC in NJ. Mine is a 1999 and MIJ. This was just prior to the Fender acquisition but it’s likely it was built in the same Fender Japan factory used since the buyout. The quality and workmanship of guitars made by Fender is regarded as good and consistent.

    Aside from playing the guitar and deciding if you like it, it might be helpful to figure out what series it is from if applicable. Today, there are two or three different series with 6120 models. The pickups, electronics and finish (and I’m sure other factors) vary accordingly, as does the price and used market value.


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  4. David_D

    David_D Gretschie

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    Oct 14, 2015
    New Jersey
    The ad has a link to "email store"...email them and ask for a serial number.
     
  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, lderenge!
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    It's post Fender.
     
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  7. lderenge

    lderenge Newbie

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Louisville, KY
    Thanks for the responses. I pulled the trigger since the price was reasonable and it looked to be in good shape. I thought it was post Fender based on the condition, thumbnail markers and the Bigsby. Upon zooming in, it appears to have tv Jones pickups, which could be after market. The good thing about guitar center used items is that you can return them if it’s a dud. This will be my 2nd Gretsch. I recently picked up a 6131t 62 vs from street sounds and I love it.
     
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The body shape gives it away as post Fender and some came stock with TV's, it will say on the label if they're stock.....6120 LTV or something.
    It is a good price for sure.
     
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