New-b with a question

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by dlepak59, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. dlepak59

    dlepak59 Newbie

    Jan 13, 2020
    First I want to say I've never joined a forum before but couldn't help myself with this one. I just picked up Gretsch 6119 from a family friend who passed away. About a year before he died he asked me change the strings on it so I took it home and had it for a couple of days . I fell in love with it. He told his wife to sell the gretsch once he passed away and told her to ask me first. I bought it along with a 1964 Fender deluxe reverb. Both are in excellent condition and all original except I re coned the speaker on the amp. He told me the Gretsch was a 1964 6119 Tennassean . I have all the documentation from when he bought it 1967. After checking the serial # online that doesn't make sense . The serial # is 8645. This is the number stamped on the head stock and on all documentation. I will not be selling it but I was trying to find out what it might be worth . According to Gretsch it was made in 53. I cant find anything on a 53 6119 anywhere. Was this a mistake? I read they had some misplace serial #s from 1957. I was just wondering anyone could help shine some light on this. Thanks Gretsch.jpg Gretsch doc..jpg Gretsch serial #.jpg Gretsch.jpg Gretsch doc..jpg Gretsch serial #.jpg
    JC higgy, shrews824, radd and 2 others like this.
  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    @Wayne Gretschzky

    is who you want to ask, click on the link, his name, and send him a message..

    great looking guitar you have
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  3. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    Welcome! And congratulations! What a fantastic legacy to have from your friend.

    According to Gretsch Pages, the guitar's serial number could indicate that it was made in August 1966. If so, it would have been among the first Gretsches numbered according to the new scheme.

    Others here can help you date the guitar by its features. (See comment above.)
  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome to the forum, dlepak59! If you only ever join one forum it should be this one, it's the best!
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  5. Thass

    Thass Electromatic

    Dec 29, 2019
    Palm Desert
    That is a beautiful guitar. I hope you can share any further details. And welcome.
  6. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Here's a welcome from Canada and I'm curious to find out about your guitar.
  7. kidblast

    kidblast Electromatic

    Jan 13, 2020
    Central Massachusettes
    That is a sweet looking axe. Appears to be in great condition too. Welcome to the forum. See ya round.
  8. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Welcome to the group and that looks to be really nice condition. How's the binding? I'm going with 1966, but yeah wait for Wayne or a few others.
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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Welcome to Gretsch-Talk, dlepak59!

    What a nice opportunity to have a remembrance of what must have been a very nice neighbor.

    I won't weighing in on dating your Tennessee Rose (I have a later model, and yes, they are excellent guitars), since I am still relatively new to Gretsch. I would echo what radd said, and send a personal message to @Wayne Gretschzky
  10. dlepak59

    dlepak59 Newbie

    Jan 13, 2020
    Thanks guys he said he bought it in 67 and played it for about a year and had an injury to his hand. It's been sitting in his closet ever since. The Binding is in great shape except on the back of the neck is starting to crack a little. But other than that there's barely a scratch on it small crack in the pickguard the screw is. I'm starting to think it is 66 with the new number scheme like Groutsch said. Thanks for all the welcomes.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  11. shrews824

    shrews824 Country Gent

    Feb 22, 2016
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    Welcome to the forums. This IS the best forum out there!!! Bar none. Congrats on the guitar and amp as well.
  12. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Welcome to the forum. That's one gorgeous looking guitar and I expect it's amazing to play. Sorry, I can't shed any light on it for you as I'm new to Gretsch guitars and only have one (at the moment...that may change soon). Enjoy.
  13. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Yes... this is an August of 1966 made guitar, the 45th to come off the line that month. This was the first month of the date-coded serial numbering system. She looks to be in great condition. Nice axe!
  14. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT dlepak59!

    Gorgeous geet sir!
  15. dlepak59

    dlepak59 Newbie

    Jan 13, 2020
    Big thank you to everyone. I think I got to the bottom of it with your help. it is a 1966 which makes sense. Again thanks for all the welcomes and Gretsch knowledge .
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