Gretsch 125th Anniversary Model?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by 220/221, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. 220/221

    220/221 Gretschie

    Feb 1, 2013
    This guitar is for sale locally. Can any of you tell me what model it is? Thanks.

  2. I just saw that on the Charlottesville craigslist. They are asking 1000, to fund another guitar. I think its a 6118. I might be wrong. Lousia is not far from me. Where about are you?
  3. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Others with more knowledge should chime in but I don't know if that is a 125th Annie, G6118T-125.

    The 125th should be a different color and have a bigsby. The little plate on the headstock should say 'Anniversary 1883-2008' if it is a 125th version. $1000 is a very good price for a 125th Anniversary.

    It's the color that leads me to question what this guitar is (the bigsby could have been swapped out) so others with some real experience with these guitars will have more to say.

    It also could be a preFMIC Anniversary (because of the neck binding) in which case, $1000 is a fair price.
  4. 220/221

    220/221 Gretschie

    Feb 1, 2013
    I'm in C-ville. Where are you?
  5. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    It looks like a Bamboo yellow Annie to me. Weren't they 120th Anniversary?

  6. MoonshineCalbilly

    MoonshineCalbilly Country Gent

    Feb 22, 2012
    Redding, CA
    The 125th is supposed to be Jag Tan; I've been GASsing for one of those... it does look like an Anni; but there would have to be a lot of extra green in the exposure of that pic for it to be a 125th.
  7. dannyreckless

    dannyreckless Gretschie

    Jan 8, 2013
    Portland OR
    should have opened a window or something to hit it with natural light.
    Totally not the true color of it.
    Should ask for a better picture taken with proper light and white balance.
    White balance example.
  8. Spotsylvania. Near Lake Anna. There are a few of us here in Va. Perhaps a gretsch together of a small order is needed this summer!
  9. 220/221

    220/221 Gretschie

    Feb 1, 2013
    Sounds good to me!
  10. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN
  11. Have you emailed the seller? I would, but I hate to ask questions if I am not in a spot to buy it. 1000 seems like a great price, but it also seems a bit low.
  12. rbattle

    rbattle Gretschie

    Feb 10, 2013
    Burke, Virginia
    Gents I own the G6118T-LTV 125th and it is Jag Tan with a Bigsby. I looked at the Craigs List in C'ville and that ain't a G6118T-LVT 125th. Not sure what it is with that tail piece. Proceed with caution at $1000. I paid $2400 new in the store.
  13. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    If it is bamboo them that is a good price. What does the headstock plate say ?
  14. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    My 6118T double green Anni is a 2008 125th Anniversary model. Does this help?
  15. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    According to the seller' ad it's green.
    It has a bound neck. I don't think current G6118's have bound necks.
  16. MMike

    MMike Gretschie

    Nov 3, 2011
    Holland Mich
    Get the serial number. You want it to start at JT03 or later. Anything earlier is pre FMIC and you'll end up replacing the complete wiring harness and at least the magnets in the pickups.

    The above words are advice from Bear as I was looking at a 6118 on Ebay.

    Given the binding and color...It looks pre-FMIC...Also the Pick guard is gone. I think they cost about $80.
  17. Raconteur

    Raconteur Gretschie

    Nov 12, 2010
    Utah, USA
    That's no 120th. Wrong bridge, wrong tailpiece, wrong tuners. And neither the 120 or 125 have binding on the neck. Maybe it's just the angle but the two volume knobs look closer together and closer to the binding too. Or I'm crazy. Hope that helps..
  18. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN
    It's definitely not either a 120th or 125th Anniversary. It's a 6118 (75th) Anniversary. This one was probably built somewhere between 1992 and 2005.

    Here's the tells:

    1) Neck Binding.
    2) Grover Tuners.
    3) Space Control Bridge.
    4) G-Cutout Tailpiece.

    The later FMIC models have a bit more value. These will have the serial number on the back of the headstock. The first two digits will be JT (Japan Terada) or JF (Japan Fuji Gakki). The next two digits are the year of manufacture

    The earlier Gretsch Anni's had kind of dicey wiring harnesses. You will see the serial number by looking through the upper f-hole. The first two digits are the year of manufacture.

    $1000 is good price for any of these models.

  19. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Not really the place for this debate but I have a lot of Gretsch prolines. 5 of them are post 2003 and one is a 1997 Red Sparkle Jet.
    The preFMIC is all stock except for the bridge (and THAT was an inferior piece of work). I have never felt the need to change the ceramic Filtertron pickups and the small pots and wiring have never given me any problems. My personal experience only and others may beg to differ...
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