NGD, I’m in love with this Gretsch!

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by radd, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    What a blessing that the Eastman Romeo was a bust. I sent it back, already received my full refund and its replacement landed early this morning. The 16 yr old G6119-1962 Tennessee Rose. She is beautiful and in as good as condition as advertised.

    She arrived packed like an amateur. Packed like I pack guitars, way overly protected....Gotta love that. Even the floating bridge was removed prior to packing. 16 yrs old and she arrived with all her paper work, truss Rod wrench and even the case key!

    She needed work, nothing major. A result of benign neglect, living in its case for much of its life. Every screw was loose, tuners were very sticky, a shot of Tri-Flo and a number of revolutions with out the strings on and they were operating perfectly. The beautiful fingerboard was dryer than I like. A cleaning with Naphtha and a treatment of F-One fixed that.

    It came with 9’s on it. I play 11’s now but I have a couple extra sets of my favorite strings in 10’s, DR Pure Blues so I put them on.

    I set her up, intonated, set relief, action and everything worked perfectly, no buzzing and no scratching from any pots or switches.

    The stain really lets the wood show through, stunning!

    Tone: I really think the Electrotone, fake F hole body, really works well with the mud switch. The switch creates a much more pleasant and less muddy tone than it did on my 6120. Un-amplified it is very pleasant.

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    Look, a Gretsch with the truss Rod cover screws not under any strings..:D

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    I played the Beatles version of “Honey Don’t” on it and it sounded like I was playing Shea Stadium in 1965. Yup, George playing the same model....RIP George.

    Last edited: Aug 26, 2021
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  2. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    A beauty, congratulations!
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Congrats and enjoy.

    I'm a fan of those -62's. Maybe some day. :)
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  4. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I'm hoping my next Gretsch is a tenny.... Gotta sell a 6120DSW first.
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  5. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    Hail fake F-holes, I say! She's a stunner.
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    One of my dream guitars . Congratulations Radd , you've got a winner there
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  7. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congrats on the Tennie, would love to try one of these with the longer scale, I really love 6119's, one of the underrated prolines IMO.
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  8. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Too cool!
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  9. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    I have a 95 6119 but someone cut two holes in mine. :)
    Congrats, beautiful guitar.
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  10. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    That's beautiful, Radd!:)
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  11. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    I found out some info about my new guitar

    Gary, owner of Sill Music Supply, a primarily steel guitar company, acquired a few guitars from a collector. They were hardly ever played. I think he has them all on Reverb.

    I also had to fix a silly problem with the guitar. I think someone polished/waxed the guitar top with the bridge off so even with the bridge under string tension it slid around like it was ice skating in response to the slightest touch.

    I cleaned the top under the bridge and the bridge base bottom with Naphtha and rosined the base bottom. Problem solved.
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Beautiful guitar, congrats!
  13. Ando

    Ando Synchromatic

    Aug 7, 2013
    Gorgeous shape and lovely looks! You got yourself a keepah, there.
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  14. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Gorgeous! Great for you all the "neglect" issues cleaned up so easily, and no truss rod cover screws under a string! Can't beat that :D

    Seriously, great score!
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  15. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Love the Tenny! Congrats
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  16. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Our best friend indeed. :)

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  17. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    So cool!
    I used to play with a cat that had a genuine 60’s Tennessean. All the same stuff, but not as neat and clean as yours.
    (I’m the chunky dude behind him)
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  18. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    Wow! That is the real deal, how cool
  19. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    2005… looks to be a great year with that beauty. Enjoy!
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  20. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    That looks tremendous - congratulations!
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