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1990s Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-1962FT Walnut w/ FilterTron Pickups, Bigsby & Case


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Up for sale, a 1990s Gretsch G6119-1962FT Tennessee Rose in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Perhaps best known for its regular usage by George Harrison throughout the Beatles’ legendary career, the Tennessee Rose is a reissue of the enduringly popular Chet Atkins Tennessean. It features a fully hollow thinline maple body with a dark Walnut-stained gloss finish, simulated F-holes, Bigsby vibrato, and a pair of Filter'Tron pickups (hence the FT in the model designation). As Gretsch's most enduringly popular pickup, these Filter'Trons offer a punchy, sparkling bridge position sound that has plenty of muscle and breadth. The neck pickup is fat and smooth, with a distinctive thickness and bark that retains enough clarity for complex chording. This Gretsch weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with well-rounded shoulders and a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid thumbnail inlay and stock slender fretwire that shows wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12, with wear growing progressively lighter towards the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24.6" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The fretboard width is 1 11/16" at the zero fret just forward of the carved bone nut, and the headstock sports an inlaid Gretsch logo and original Rotomatic-style tuners turn smoothly smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function is intended, and controls include a Master Volume knob, dedicated Volume knobs for each pickup, three-way pickup selector and tone switches, and a three-way on/off/on standby switch.  All of the chrome-plated hardware is original and clean, including the  "G" pointer knobs and rocking bar bridge which works in concert with the Bigsby B6G vibrato for smooth flutters and dives. The “Tennessee Rose” raised pickguard rounds out the plastics, and, along with the tuners, narrows the guitar’s date of production to the late ‘90s.

The dark gloss Walnut finish is framed on top by white binding, and cosmetic wear is largely limited to the back, including an area of buckle worming and a number of minor marks and scuffs. The top, by comparison, presents quite well with just a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a few small, shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

The original Gretsch-branded gray tolex hardshell case is included.