New Member, Old Gretsch

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  1. 61Gretsch6113

    61Gretsch6113 Newbie

    Oct 2, 2021
    South Carolina, USA
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new on here. Today I discovered that what I thought for many years was a '61 6119 is in fact one of the rare 6113's. I'm pretty excited about the rarity of it and the story behind it. A big, big THANK YOU to all of those who have researched this and brought the story out from the shadows of Gretsch history.

    This is my father's 1961 Gretsch 6113. Dad bought the guitar nearly-new in 1961. The original owner owned it maybe a week and returned it.

    The Good News..Serial number is 41596, which is right in line with one of the 6113 batches. It is 2-1/4" thick, no standby, funky bridge, and the bridge is next to the pickup, not spaced apart like the 1961 6119.

    Now for the bad news...Eons ago Dad replaced the original HiLo'tron pickups with Gibson Humbuckers, and their surrounds. The broken pick guard is mounted with Phillips-head and flat-head screws. The plastic tuning knobs were replaced, too. And the neck is sort of separating at the base in the back. Dad played this guitar at hundreds of weddings and events from the 60s to the 2000s. It has belt buckle wear on the back, and the neck is well worn from years of playing.

    I have no documents with it, but I do have the original case, although it is in very used condition from being very actively used for 50 years.

    As for me, I don't play, but it's a great sentimental heirloom and now I know it has a fascinating story, to boot.

    Thanks again,

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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
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  3. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
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  4. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Since vintage Hilos usually go for moderate prices while vintage PAFs are quite expensive I would consider re-installing the correct pickups . The Gretsch-pickup-rings should cover the bigger routing for the PAFs.
  6. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Hello and welcome to G-T. Nice looking G6113T.
    Now you need to learn to play so you can put your guitar to work.
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  7. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Considering you don’t play and the guitar is a sentimental heirloom to you I would not reverse any of the modifications your dad did to the guitar. I would keep it just the way your dad had it and played it for hundreds or weddings.

    If it was me, that guitar would not live in its case. It would be proudly mounted on a wall somewhere in my house so I could see it daily.
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  8. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome aboard,cool geet that!

    You should learn to play,it's great fun,and a great stress reliever !:)
  9. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    welcome to the forum. glad to have you here with us.
  10. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Cool story, and welcome to Gretsch-Talk, 61Gretsch6113!
  11. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Nice story and congrats on finding the value of your heirloom. Welcome to G-T!

    Considering you don't play, I agree with others you can show it on a wall!
    Start learning to play, I guess.

    Your dad got himself a guitar, a work horse, used it as such for 4 decades. That is a much loved guitar, that's what guitars are made for!

  12. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    Welcome to GT! Cool history on your Dad’s guitar.
  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend . Glad you found us and thanks for sharing your story :)
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