NGD - 1967 Tennessean 6119

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

  1. tonechaser

    tonechaser Newbie

    Mar 23, 2021
    Silver City NM
    Gorgeous guitar! Have one very much like yours except the burgundy has turned into tobacco color. Love everything about the guitar except the tone switch. Not sure why gretsch did this??
  2. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    Congratulations finding a Beautiful guitar. Great patina overall. Yes get rid of the offending heel cap right away. Best of luck!
  3. Dave Murray

    Dave Murray Gretschie

    Feb 27, 2016
    Indio, CA
    Well, the guitar has been around for 54 years . . . three weeks is a blink of an eye and then, voila! - Perfection. I love the patina on the top.
  4. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Thanks for the tip, I didn’t know it could spread in that manner. I will remove the heel cap now
  5. malc

    malc Electromatic

    Jun 10, 2020
    Really lovely guitar. The colour reminds me of Chet's CG. The first one I saw, circa 62, I don't think had the painted F holes. Mind you, I could be wrong. It looks as if it will play well and I love that fat bridge. It's amazing that they turn up in such marvellous condition. Definitely a keeper!
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  6. Jerry_NJ

    Jerry_NJ Electromatic

    Apr 20, 2017
    Great.. I have a twins of your Gretsch and vacuum tube amplifier.
    My Tennessean 127515
    December 1967 515th unit. The only not original part on mine is the pick guard.
  7. L Robbins

    L Robbins Gretschie

    May 3, 2017
    Wonderful find and truly a treasure. Enjoy!!!
  8. Jackrd

    Jackrd Electromatic

    Nov 27, 2017
    New York NY
    Good advice about replacing the heel cap as soon as you can, but if you have not already done so, let the luthier do it unless you are skilled in this type of thing. You already have a price and a timeframe (which by the way is incredibly cheap and the timeframe is very reasonable presuming your luthier has other work in front of yours. My guy has had my '59 smoke green single Annie for almost two years. I don't care as I have so many guitars and we had the pandemic. And my guy is servicing lots of rock gods, of which I am not one of them. He is doing the full top of the body rebind. Let's hope the other side does not start! Otherwise, the guitar would be mint - as is the case. along with all the original tags, cloth, strap, etc.) I would bet your guitar was kept in the case much of the time. Which as one poster noted is why the guitar is in nice shape.....maybe. It could be because the owner also respected it. But I have about 20 Gretsch guitars and they are NEVER in the case. Nor are my other mid '60's and earlier guitars. They gas out and the entire guitar gets body rot. Keep yours out of the case as much as you can and you may luck out and have no future rot. Unlikely, but, just maybe......
    Anyway, I have one just like yours and they are great playing guitars - even if Harrison said his was like 'playing a toy'. Yeah, I guess it would after having a Gent hanging around your neck for awhile.
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  9. ffc65

    ffc65 Electromatic

    Jan 7, 2015
    I bought one in 1988 for £450 but stupidly sold it about 5 years later. Mine had binding rot to the heel cap too and in pre internet days I thought this might mean the neck breaking!!! I've pretty much spent the last 30 years regretting that decision
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  10. doc538

    doc538 Electromatic

    Sep 20, 2017
    Happy NGD she's sweet
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  11. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
    I'm a bit surprised by how high the bridge pickup is! Isn't this exerting magnetic pull on the strings?
  12. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    It doesn’t seem to be really. These are quite low output pickups so they like to be pretty close to the strings. I think it’s the angle of the photo that makes it look like they’re almost touching. There is a little bit more space between them than the photo appears.
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  13. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    HiLo's need to be set close to the strings. That's where they sound the best and sound SO good.
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  14. 65club

    65club Electromatic

    Jul 31, 2017
    100%!!!! I raise the whole pickup until it is just under the surround enough that there’s no gap (space under the strings allowing) and then raise the poles until they’re just short of hitting the strings when pressed at the last fret.
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  15. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
    Ok. I have a new gretsch Hi-lotron in the neck of my Tele. I was pleasantly surprised how well it matches with the bridge...I have a slightly smaller gap than at the bridge, but nothing extreme...

    It sounds amazing. Love it.

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  16. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Synchromatic

    May 20, 2018
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I’ve never seen a HiloTron in a Tele before, that’s pretty cool! Looks like a great guitar
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  17. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
    Me neither! It came with a Fender Fideli'Tron, but it was too dark sharing 250k with the bridge (and 500k was too bright on the bridge) spent a couple of years not quite happy and then went for for the Hi-Lo a few weeks's perfect now.

    Seriously overlooked pickup...they love fuzz and drive, and the cleans are so detailed.

    (Some super sloppy playing...)

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