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1967 Gretsch Tennessean 6119 Vintage Hollowbody Dark Cherry w/ HiLoTron, Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Gretsch Tennessean model 6119 in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and 100% original save for a new heel cap. Likely best known for its regular use by George Harrison throughout the Beatles' career, the Tennessean features a thinline all maple body with simulated F-holes, a Dark Cherry Walnut Stain nitro lacquer finish, 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. The instrument has a bold acoustic voice that's both smooth and present, and these pickups compliment the guitar's acoustic properties, with incredible clarity and top end chime. Produced in the Pre-Baldwin era of manufacturing when production totals were smaller and quality generally higher, this Tennessean is lightweight at 7lbs 3oz. This Gretsch has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Two-piece maple
-Shape: Substantial C, generous shoulders, measuring .895” 1st fret, .965” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, thumbnail inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3
-Scale Length: 24.6”
-Nut: 1 11/16” (measured at zero fret)
-Headstock: “T-roof” logo, “Chet Atkins Tennessean Model” plaque
-Tuners: Waverly open-gear
-Serialization: 27-prefix (five-digit) serial dates to February, 1967

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: Original Hilo-Tron pickups
-Controls: Volume x2, Master Volume on cutaway, Three-position Tone switch (bypassed in middle), Three-way pickup selector, three-way On/Off/On kill switch
-Hardware: G pointer knobs, B6G Bigsby vibrato and roller bridge, plenty of height at thumbwheels for future adjustment, “G” silkscreen graphics on pickup covers are intact
-Plastics: Silver plexi pickguard

Most of the binding is intact, albeit with extensive checking and a number of small chips, and the binding has been professionally stabilized. Additionally, the heel cap is a replacement fabricated to original spec.

The gloss Dark Cherry Walnut Stain nitro lacquer finish exhibits extensive broad lacquer checking, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a handful of tiny nicks and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout perimeter. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless save for a scant few shallow marks that are nigh imperceptible to the palm.

The original gray hardshell case with gray leather trim on the lid is included; the original handle is intact and all of the latches are functional.