NGD - 1967 Tennessean 6119

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by 6124Bassman, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Well , I'll be honest with ya ................ I WANT THAT GUITAR :p She's absolutely beautiful . Congratulations and enjoy
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  2. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Thank you! And believe it or not, this one came with the case too! ;)
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    atta boy ;)
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  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats, that's a fine looking old guitar. Enjoy it.
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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats Bassman,that's lovely!
  6. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    Wow, that is some simply beautiful history. Congratulations!
  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    This is an incredibly bautiful guitar and the condition is remakable. I really envy you. Big congrats. Enjoy it in good health.
  8. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Thanks everyone. Spent a good part of the day restringing it cleaning it up and just playing. Sounds great and it’s such a comfortable guitar to play. I love having the Bigsby it’s been so long since I’ve had any guitar with a trem on it I forgot how much fun it actually is.
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  9. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    Nice one!

    Another perfect example of the importance of a good case!

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  10. Mojoman

    Mojoman Electromatic

    Jan 14, 2019
    Gardena, ca.
    Nice guitar, clean! There was a time you could pick one of theese up for like 500. Then mr setzer teminded us what gretschs could do. Those hilotrons are great pickups, one of my favorites. Good score!
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  11. Henrytwang

    Henrytwang Synchromatic

    Feb 28, 2010
    teignmouth uk
    Great looking guitar! I love high low trans.
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  12. Lord Flashheart

    Lord Flashheart Electromatic

    Aug 4, 2017
    What a stunning lookin’ guitar. Cannot agree more with BIB’s comment about the importance of guitar cases. Allthough I love looking at my guitars hanging at the livingroom wall (gives me something else to watch when the mrs and kids are watching the next shitty talent show) my 6120 stays firm in its case. If I want to look at it, I’ll play it.
    Anyway Bassman, whenever you are in need of a babysitter for this looker, I’ll be more than happy...
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  13. StratmanBob

    StratmanBob Electromatic

    Oct 23, 2020
    Beautiful walnut stain. Congrats!
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  14. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
  15. gfirob

    gfirob Electromatic

    Jul 5, 2019
    Rochester, Vermont
    Here is a cautionary thought about keeping it in the case. I have a '67 6102 Nashville, whose binding gassed off in the case and not only destroyed the binding, but tarnished all the metal too. The fact that the butt-cap on the neck has binding rot and the age of your guitar makes it a candidate for future binding rot, though the binding looks great now. It might be getter off to keep it on a stand. I'd be interested in what others think. I have had my guitar re-bound. This is a beautiful example of this model, and I'll bet it sounds great.
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  16. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN

    I'm the original owner of a 86xxx 6119 which, I believe was the 1st month that the date coded serial number was used on this model. I bought it in August 1966.

    My Guitar:

    Another Tennessean (760xx):

    My guitar has:

    1. Brass plate.
    2. Gretsch written in black on the nameplate.
    3. Thinner bridge bar.
    4. Serial# on the back of the headstock.

    It's been a long time ago, but I have a recollection that I saw a Tennessean in the same store about 6 months earlier. It had a very dark burgundy finish and a plush lined case. My guitar has faded quite a bit from a very obvious red to almost orange. I think the 760xx and your guitar probably faded too.

    Since you have a flannel lined case, I'm thinking Eddie has the dates pretty much right.

    Have fun!
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Stunning guitar. Someday I will own a Gretsch with painted F holes. Something about them is so attractive to me.

    Congrats on the guitar.

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  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I HIGHLY recommend that you get rid of that heel cap immediately. Binding rot is like a cancer. It spreads. Fortunately the "tumor" at this point is in an isolated and easily replaced location. Have a luthier replace it now or sometime in the future. But regardless, I would remove the heel cap now. I've done it myself in the same situation with a guitar that had perfect binding. I could see the heel cap starting to go, and took it off immediately and replaced it with new celluloid and tinted it to match the rest of the binding. 10 years later, no problems. I'm confident that had I let the heel cap progress and kept in the case, it would have infected the main binding.

    The other spot to watch is the strip of binding in the cutaway. That's the other usual starting point. And it also happens to be a spot that can be removed and replaced with minimal effort by a luthier. When you seen any cracks there, get rid of it before it spreads to the main top binding.
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  19. NoGib

    NoGib Newbie

    Aug 26, 2020
    Has the headstock name plate been removed? If not, they didn't start putting those on until 1964. So yours is way earlier than 67'. Nice Tenny.
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  20. Johnny ray

    Johnny ray Electromatic

    Jun 29, 2018
    Congratulations! Lucky that you found it locally. Have lots of fun with it!
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