Up for sale, a 1967 Gretsch Tennessean model 6119 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with an immaculate hardshell case. Likely best known for its regular use by George Harrison throughout the Beatles' legendary career, this Tennesseen is an incredibly well-kept example with the original nitro lacquer Dark Cherry Stain on the all maple body, simulated F-holes, and a pair of Hilo'Tron pickups. Hilo'Trons are essentially a single coil version of the Filter'Tron, known for their shimmering highs, mellow lows, and lively response. These pickups retain incredible clarity and top end chime, with the inherent warmth of the guitar's hollow body and great feedback rejection thanks to the lack of traditional F holes. Produced in the very last months of the Pre-Baldwin era of Gretsch manufacturing when production totals were smaller and quality generally higher, this Tennessean is "one of the good ones" and weighs only 7lbs 1oz. Professionally setup and freshly restrung with 10-46 strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Gretsch with optimal action.
The two-piece maple neck has a medium C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th fret. The rosewood fretboard retains the original pearl thumbnail inlays and stock slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The fretboard measures 1 3/4" at the zero fret just forward of the nut, and the scale length is 24.6". On the headstock the original open gear tuners are intact, and the "Gretsch" name is inlaid in pearl. The serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock and in the 27,000 range, which dates to February of '67, shortly after Gretsch reset their serialization sequence and before Baldwin's buyout.
All of the original electronics work as intended, with individual Volume controls for each pickup as well as a Master Volume on the treble side body horn. Switching options include a three-way pickup selector switch, three-way tone switch (bypassed in the center position) and a three-way on/off/on kill switch adjacent to the individual Volume knobs. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and both pickups retain their full gold G silkscreens across the covers. The Gretsch-branded Bigsby B6 vibrato is equally clean, working in concert with the roller bridge for smooth, expressive warbles. The original lucite pickguard is also intact, with a couple small repaired splits at the pickguard mounting screws, yet the guard is still very secure on the stock bracket.
Cosmetically, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect Tennessean, and the Dark Cherry Stain lacquer finish is extremely vibrant and unfaded. Wear is limited to a couple pinhead-sized nicks and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the nitro gloss. There are two new pieces of binding framing the neck heel, and one longer strip of new binding along the treble-side fretboard edge. The remaining binding is original and remarkably clean with only a few spots of isolated checking.
For vintage guitar enthusiasts of all stripes, this Tennessean is a compelling, collector-grade example with a tone and easy playability to match its jaw-dropping condition.
The original dark blueish gray hardshell case is included and nigh flawless. This case is as clean as the guitar, with practically perfect gray leather trim and gold latches.