NGOTW (new Gretsch on the way)


Aug 20, 2009
Toronto, Ontario
I missed out on a rosewood 6119, but got a pretty good deal on this 2011 G6119T 1962-FT. It's on its way and I'm kind of excited about it. Looks like a previous owner swaped the pickguard with the Chet signature for one without, and I happy with that. (Apologies to Chet fans.) It weighs 7 lbs. and 6 ozs. Ebony fingerboard...I can't remember if these had the small vintage frets like the HT version, or the medium jumbo ones.


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Jan 7, 2012
Interesting. I have that same model - beautiful walnut stain - but I bought specifically BECAUSE it had the Chet signature pickguard.


Aug 20, 2009
Toronto, Ontario
I picked the 6119 up in Buffalo today and just finished setting it up & played it for a half hour or so, tweaking the position of the bridge and the pickup screws. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that after owning well over a dozen Gretsches, i think this is the best one that I've ever played. Sustain for days, and the response is like nothing I've experienced; I'm floored. Right now it's all stock and I think I'll try and play it as is. The one piece rocking bar bridge sounds great, and with careful tuning it plays as in tune as any guitar. That's all a matter of spreading out the out-of-tuneness as evenly as possible.

I adjusted the height of the neck pickup and had a look inside. In case anyone was wondering, as I was, the electrotone body does have a sound post. The label is under the neck pickup, and the parallel tone bars (braces) are nice and beefy. It feels nice and light at 7 lbs. 6 ozs. It has the smaller vintage frets; not my favourite, but I can live with them. The mud switch is the only thing that I don't like, but before I replace it with my tone tip (tone pot with thread that accepts the switch tip) I'll try adjusting tone at the amp. It came with a Gretsch strap, which I have no idea how to use. It's got a pad, two pieces of leather, and a funny buckle. (See pic) So, that's it; I'm thrilled and cant wait to use it on a gig.


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