Gretsch G6118T-120 Anniversary w/ Bigsby Bamboo / Copper Mist Electric Guitar (pre-owned)
Model - G6118T-120, AnniversaryTM
Colour - Bamboo / Copper Mist
Serial - JT03-063437
Year - 2003
Case - OMHC
Condition - 95%+ Mint - couple of very small marks not through finish - only visible from a light reflection - Otherwise as new
First created in 1958 in celebration of the company's 75th birthday, the Anniversary series has been a mainstay in the Gretsch line for over four decades.
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2003 was the 120th Anniversary of Gretsch and in commemoration, we proudly offer the G6118T-120. Features include dual TV Jones® Classic pickups, Bigsby® B6CB Vibrato tailpiece, Grover® Stay-Tite™ machine heads, chrome hardware and striking Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist finish.
The original Anniversary, released in 1958 as a celebration of Gretsch's 75 years in business, was a mainstay of the Gretsch lineup. So it was only fitting that 2003 found Fender Musical Instruments Corp. — being in control of Gretsch's manufacturing and distribution since the previous year — deciding to celebrate the company's 120th anniversary with a new Anniversary model.
The guitar that came out of the Terada factory that year was one of the first new models made under FMIC control. It had the traditional features of an anniversary: a 16-inch laminated maple body, unbound f-holes with squared points, a three-piece unbound maple neck, a 24.6 Inch scale with ebony fretboard and 21 frets, and an unbound headstock with black plastic overlay and the traditional Anniversary chrome metal plate, adorned with a diamond engraving and the text 'Anniversary 1883 - 2003'.
Some other features were quite uncommon at the time. The body was one of the first to have the correct vintage outline (compared to the pre-FMIC ones), the wood laminate was thinner and bracing was by classic parallel braces running under the top with a soundpost between the top and back.
Unlike previous Anniversary models, the 120 was obviously aimed at the higher end of the Gretch line-up. From its retro-Gretsch Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist colour scheme to its features, the 120 was special.
Some of the features setting it apart from lesser Anniversaries were a stock B6 Bigsby, TV Jones' Classic Filtertron pickups (made by hand and only to be found on Brian Setzer's signature model until then) rocking bar bridge and Grover Sta Tites open back tuning machines and aged binding.
All in all it made for a very desirable guitar in an unusual colour, which seems to be loved by its owners. When asked for how long this anniversary would last, Mike Lewis, in charge of most things Gretsch at FMIC, replied that it was indeed a limited edition, but they just haven't decided yet how limited it would be!
MODEL NAME G6118T-120, AnniversaryTM
MODEL NUMBER 241-1003-(863)
SERIES Professional Collection
COLOUR (863) Bamboo Yellow Top with Copper Mist Back Sides and Neck
CATEGORY Hollow Body Guitars
BODY STYLE Single Cutaway
SCALE LENGTH 24.6 Inch (625mm)
TOP Arched Laminated Maple
BACK AND SIDES Laminated Maple Body, 16 Inch Wide, 2.5 Inch Deep
NECK 3-Piece Maple
PICKUPS 2 TV Jones® Classic FilterTronTM Pickups
PICKUP SWITCHING 3-Position Toggle:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
CONTROLS Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, 3-Position Toggle Master Tone Switch:
Position 1. Medium Level, High Frequency Roll Off
Position 2. Switch Out of the Circuit, Pickup is Wide Open (That Great Gretsch Sound!)
Position 3. Slight Level, High Frequency Roll Off
WIDTH AT NUT 1-11/16 Inch (43mm)
FRETBOARD Ebony, 12 Inch Radius (305mm)
BRIDGE Ebony-Based Chrome 'Rocking' Bar Bridge
TAILPIECE Bigsby® B6CB Vibrato Tailpiece
FINISH Gloss Urethane
CASE Includes G6241 Deluxe Hardshell Case, US MSRP $220.00
NO. OF FRETS 21
MACHINE HEADS Chrome-Plated Grover® V98C Sta-TiteTM Die-cast Tuners
UNIQUE FEATURES Neo Classic 'Thumbnail' Inlay Position Markers,
Black Headstock Overlay with Chrome Anniversary Plate,
Multiple Body Bindings,
Copper Mist Plexi Pickguard,
Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs,
Adjustable Truss Rod
All our pre-owned guitars and basses are sold freshly set-up & fully serviced in our state-of-the-art guitar workshop. The pre-sale service includes a 21 point check, including:
• brand new strings
• electronic components
• neck angle and truss rod adjustment
• clean and condition inc fretboard
• saddle/bridge height, radius, intonation
The Absolute multi point pre sales service & setup is free with every pre-owned guitar. Also included is a 12 month warranty*. We provide a 7 day no-quibble money back guarantee on all our used instruments, so you can buy with confidence.
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