What is an original 1959 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean worth?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by digidude101, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. digidude101

    digidude101 Electromatic

    69
    May 12, 2011
    Canada
    What is an original 1959 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean worth? It's the red one with one filtertron pickup

    Thanks
     
  2. daverave

    daverave Gretschie

    157
    May 11, 2009
    so Cal
    depends on the condition of yours, but they seem to be going(actually selling) on ebay on the top end about 3000, down to about 1000 for refinished with still original pickup and bigsby. last red one i have record of in good condition was about 1600
     
  3. daverave

    daverave Gretschie

    157
    May 11, 2009
    so Cal
    -condition
    -tailpiece model
    - and whether the pickup cover says patent applied for or pat. no. ######


    will also affect the price
     
  4. digidude101

    digidude101 Electromatic

    69
    May 12, 2011
    Canada
    I haven't received it yet. But it's in mint shape with one tiny scratch on the back. The guy said he paid $5000 for it 3 years ago. He was in a bind and needed cash. I got it for $2200. It has a bigsby but not sure about the Patent labeling on the pickup. But is definitely a 59. The serial number is 32xxx.
     
  5. daverave

    daverave Gretschie

    157
    May 11, 2009
    so Cal
    i think you got a pretty decent deal on it. in this economy, not a steal, but if mint, probably about 3K +
     
  6. digidude101

    digidude101 Electromatic

    69
    May 12, 2011
    Canada
    Cool! I'll post pics as soon as it arrives
     
  7. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    The #321xx batch of 6119s might be considered 1960 model year, especially if the Bigbsy is the V-style (which seems to have debuted in this batch). It was probably made in 1959 though. $2200 is a really good price if it's as minty as you say. Lately these go in $3000-3500 range. If the seller bought it for $5k (3 years ago) he overpaid.
     
  8. Jeff O

    Jeff O Country Gent

    Sep 25, 2008
    The Motor City
    Decent price. If you hold on to it, you're sure to make a few bucks. The books start them at $2400, but having it in hand and with original case adds to the purchase.

    My problem is MINT to me is NO SCRATCHES. MINT to some other people is it has all its parts.
     
  9. daverave

    daverave Gretschie

    157
    May 11, 2009
    so Cal
    is that the one off of ebay?

    if so, that is a nice one. 32115 ?
     
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