Blueburst 6120

Zoso

Electromatic
Oct 2, 2022
5
Summerville
One of my favorite guitars in my collection is a blueburst Gretsch 6120. Serial number is 959120-1354. It was sold at Ace Music in Santa Monica. That’s all I know about this beauty. Any more info as to year of manufacture, etc would be very helpful. Thanks all!
 

6187LX

Gretschie
Aug 11, 2022
200
Up Around the Bend
Dunno the modern serial #s, but I do remember that the blueburst was a stunner. IIRC it was from the '90s, but I'd have to see it to say. I bet Tartan Phantom knows.
 

Zoso

Electromatic
Oct 2, 2022
5
Summerville
Dunno the modern serial #s, but I do remember that the blueburst was a stunner. IIRC it was from the '90s, but I'd have to see it to say. I bet Tartan Phantom knows.
What little I have read the 90’s models serials were stamped on the headstock?
 

6187LX

Gretschie
Aug 11, 2022
200
Up Around the Bend
My '89 6120 and '91 Synchro 400 had paper labels and no headstock stamping. But IIRC the MIJ and serial number stamping did start not too much later. Perhaps the first two numbers are the year and yours is a '95.
 

aloner

Electromatic
Aug 24, 2021
35
Australia
One of my favorite guitars in my collection is a blueburst Gretsch 6120. Serial number is 959120-1354. It was sold at Ace Music in Santa Monica. That’s all I know about this beauty. Any more info as to year of manufacture, etc would be very helpful. Thanks all!
I would take a guess that 959 at the start is the info for date - 95 being 1995 and 9 being September, 120 being 6120 model) and 1354 potentially being color/appointments etc
 

thunder58

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When I bought my 6120-1959 , the store had a blue but I chose the orange . Still , a beautiful guitar that blue one
 

Berington

Gretschie
Jan 6, 2014
125
Los Angeles
I don't remember what year it was, but when Gretsch first "returned" with the new-at-the-time Japanese Fender-made guitars, the first one I saw in a music store was a spectacular blue-burst with all gold hardware. With the hardware, don't know if it could be called a 6120 or a single-cut Nashville, but it did have the horseshoe on the headstock. Not only was I beyond thrilled to see a new Gretsch guitar, but that it was so beautiful made it that much more exciting. I don't recall Gretsch making any blue guitars before that. Awesome double surprise!

As far as serials go, can one write to Gretsch for verification, or find a chart dating the various serial numbers? I have a book on Gretsch guitars, and I'll look for one. If it's in there, I'll let you know the dating codes and all. Cheers!
 

ishtar

Friend of Fred
Jun 30, 2008
5,013
Pensamiento Infundado, Colorado
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I would take a guess that 959 at the start is the info for date - 95 being 1995 and 9 being September, 120 being 6120 model) and 1354 potentially being color/appointments etc
I have a 1994 Orange 6120 with no stamp on back of headstock and label as pictured... got to click...

My question, is the blueburst 1995 instrument heavy?... This '94 is the heaviest Gretsch I have had. 5 ply?.... How about cement in the lower bouts?!?
 

ishtar

Friend of Fred
Jun 30, 2008
5,013
Pensamiento Infundado, Colorado
I have a 1994 Orange 6120 with no stamp on back of headstock and label as pictured... got to click...

My question, is the blueburst 1995 instrument heavy?... This '94 is the heaviest Gretsch I have had. 5 ply?.... How about cement in the lower bouts?!?
I just went over 5000 posts.... again... I was over 5000 posts back in the days of Jukebox and Tara and Worknot... Synchro was around. A bunch of MSP folks, Sgt. Rock, Lee E, Repent/Tony, Clay Twang... Dr. MTruck... Anyway, I hit 5000 back then, and then the migration to a new board system dropped my count down by a lot. I think it was fair, as most of what I write isn't on point at all, much...

Speaking of Jukebox, he would likely refer to my 6120 is 'a boat anchor!'

Thanks. Back to your regularly scheduled blue guitar thread....
 

6187LX

Gretschie
Aug 11, 2022
200
Up Around the Bend
Ed's looks like the same body shape as my '89 6120. Filtertrons with Dynasonic switching was all Gretsch did in the early Fred era. They have 5 ply tops and 7 ply sides very much like their '70's predecessors. They are as heavy as a '58 with the heavy trestle bracing, but no more than that. Upper bout is shaped a bit like '70s too.
 
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