The Tennessean...$295

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by SunRa, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. SunRa

    SunRa Gretschie

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    Feb 7, 2015
    new york
  2. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
  3. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Central Florida
    $2650 in today's money. So at $2400 for a 6119-62 you're money ahead buying a new one. (but not nearly as cool)
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    No case or jack plate :eek: ....... but a carved saddle leather shoulder strap is included :)
     
  5. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    The original "Hot Rod" Gretsch.
     
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  6. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I love that they're advertising "thin gauge strings for country styling", as if that's a feature of the guitar itself rather than something the player chooses.
     
  7. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    853
    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    That must mean a $500 guitar today was about $50 bucks back then. Proline vs econo models was true then as it is now.

     
  8. afire

    afire Country Gent

    You'd think so, but $50 back then didn't get you what $500 does today. You could get something like a Danelectro for $50, but the higher end electric archtops from companies like Kay and Harmony were getting into $125 territory, i.e., more like $1300 today. You could certainly get something of better quality and construction than a Danelectro today for $500, and $1300 can get a whole lot of guitar. High end American guitar prices have held pretty steady, and now high end Japanese have pretty much reached parity. It's the budget guitar market that has really changed (for the better by just about all accounts).
     
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  9. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    811
    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    FWIW, I don't think I was making $1.00 an hour back then.
     
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  10. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    What year was that? Did I miss that somewhere?
     
  11. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    The after-market Bigsby units were selling for $50 in the late 50s. Seems like a lot, but they obviously sold.
     
  12. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Median family inco.in 1962 was about $3000, or $25,750 in 2020 dollars. Median income in 2020 was $43,894. Delta represents increase in standard of living.
     
  13. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I could not live on $44,000! That ain't California money...
     
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  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    55
    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    It was not a cheap guitar back in the day. It was simply "a more affordable Chet model". Nothing more. There is a neck pickup missing and some minor cosmetics. The rest is exactly like a standard 6120 of that time. The effort to built one was very comparable to the 6120 model. Unlike comparing a Les Paul Standard to a Junior.
    I used to own an original from 1961 and I still have a modern one.
    These are incredible tools. And they make me look sharp, too. Love that model. My all-time favorite Gretsch.
     
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  15. Mark 6120

    Mark 6120 Electromatic

    52
    Nov 5, 2020
    DFW
    When did they get HiLo Trons? Mine is a 64 or 65 according to the serial number list (I don't recall which). Of course, the one in the ad has open f holes and a thicker body from the look of it.
     
  16. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Hilo's introduced on the Tenny in 1961, when they went to the sealed-top and dual pickup configuration.
     
  17. ToneM1

    ToneM1 Gretschie

    In 1964 Dano's were $69.95 for the 2-pickup models I believe.
     
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