Up for sale, a 2001 Gretsch Broadkaster Bass model G6119BO in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, OK card, and COA. One of the rarer Gretsch basses produced in Japan at the Fujigen factory just prior to Fender's purchase of the Gretsch company, the Broadkaster is a short scale two pickup powerhouse. Fully hollow, the bass offers big, round acoustic pluck, with a sound that's plenty warm and full via the stock pair of Filter'Tron humbuckers. The instrument weighs 9lbs and is strung with 50-120 roundwound strings which have optimal tension and mass for a substantial, round sound.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and a bit more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The ebony fretboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire shows only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, playing well up the 30 1/2" scale. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock is fitted with original chrome Schaller style tuners.
On the body, the electronics all function as intended with a three-way pickup selector switch, individual Volume knobs for each pickup, Master Tone, and a Master Volume on the treble-side body cutaway. The chrome hardware has ample shine, with light patina particularly on the pickup covers and G pointer knobs. The transparent Western Orange Stain gloss finish highlights light curly figuring in the maple across the back. Wear is limited to just a few extremely faint finish scratches and scuffs, mostly relegated to the back. The neck profile is flawless.
This rare Gretsch Broadkaster bass is a well-crafted instrument made at the Fujigen factory in Japan, complete with the original black tolex hardshell case, OK Card, and COA with matching serial number.