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Where is my pre-FMIC 6119 made?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by IvanSia, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. IvanSia

    IvanSia Newbie

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    Aug 11, 2017
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
    hi all I got my first Gretsch (a Chet Atkins 1962-6119) in a trade and was told that it is not made in Japan.
    The serial number on a sticker inside the body is 981119-1756. No other markings on the guitar. Is the guitar made in the US?

    Thanks.
     

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    It was built in Japan in January 1998.

    The serial number translates to (19) 98, (January) 1 (model 6) 119 - 1756th guitar built of that model since 1989.

    Other than Custom Shop models, no Gretsch guitars have been built in the US since the revival of the company in 1989.

    Welcome to Gretsch Talk and congratulations on a beautiful guitar. I love Tennys!
     
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  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    My friend Stefan owns a model like this. Totally enjoyable guitar. Treasure it.
     
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  5. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Germany
    Beautiful.
     
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Nice trade . Beautiful guitar , enjoy
     
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  7. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    It's also not the 1962 model which has fake F holes and a zero fret.

    So to be precise, it's a 1998 6119 Tennessee Rose, made in Japan.


    Great guitars, I had one for a couple of years.
     
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  8. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I have two late 90's pre-FMIC instruments. My Nashville was made at the Terada factory, my Silver Jet at Fuji Gen-Gakki. As Terada specialized in arch tops and hollow bodies, I'd guess your 6119 was probably made there, but the serial number scheme at the time didn't allow for factory ID.

    No US production at that (or any other recent) time, but no Korean or Indonesian either. Every Gretsch from that era was made in Japan.

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  9. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Well, except for the Korean electromatic Jets.
     
  10. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I'm not sure they even had Electromatics at that time. Sure couldn't buy one in my part of the world. It was pro-line or nothing. In fact, I don't even recall them using the phrase "pro-line", because well, that's all there was. There wasn't any reason for a distinction.

    I think the first Electromatics I ever saw was around '03 or so. Cheesy little buggers too. The newer ones are a lot better!

    That's how I remember it anyway. It was a long time ago...

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  11. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

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    Well, here's one of them, a 2000 model.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I think you're correct. Gretsch started producing Japan made guitars around '88.
    Only in '99 the line was expanded towards the lower priced segments with the Historics and Syncromatics.
     
  13. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    ehhh ... hate to say it, but 2000 isn't "late 90's"!

    However, thanks to the wonders of this here internet thing, I did just confirm that the Historic series was introduced in '99 and Korean made... so I eat a little crow here and revise my statement:

    "ALMOST every Gretsch from that era was made in Japan."

    Better now? LoL!

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  14. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Ohhh, btw, check out the badass bridge on that Jet... I've got one of those on my '79 Superaxe!

    I dunno - it's a complete PITA, but I kinda like it...
     
  15. T simmons

    T simmons Friend of Fred

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    Jun 5, 2013
    California
    Sure is a beauty!! Congrats.
     
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  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Electromatics And Synchromatics appeared in the late 90s. One of them was initially a special run for Guitar Center.
     
  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The Historic series was the forgotten stepchild when Fender came along. Innovative great models. I'd love to see some of them reintroduced, especially the 3900/3967.
     
  18. IvanSia

    IvanSia Newbie

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    Aug 11, 2017
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

    Thanks everyone for your replies and welcome. Good to be here. Enjoying the lovely guitar.
     
  19. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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  20. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

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  21. Mag3

    Mag3 Gretschie

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    Nov 22, 2016
    Massachusetts
    Welcome to GT. Very nice Tennessee Rose!