1 seansvs 2 years ago PLACE OF ORIGIN UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST LINK TO NEW PHOTOS IN 02-17-2011 POST BELOW!!! Hey Gretschers, I've posted this info before in the "Scooped?" post, but decided to start a new topic to make it easier to find info on this bass on a Google search, since those involved know it's absolutely ridiculous to get any info on this Bass. Observe: What a strange case on this one. I've just gotten GC in Austin, TX to get a G5123B for me from their store in Minneapolis, MN. This was the closest available, and evidently it's one of a very few still ANYWHERE for sale new in the box... IN THE WORLD. I had NO IDEA what I was getting into trying to get info on this bass. Even GC employees, as many have pointed out, are clueless when it comes to this instrument. I called up Gretsch (FMIC-Fender) to ask just how rare my new bass was. I was told that the total number of Electromatic® G5123Bs manufactured is a closely guarded company secret, and that he couldn't give out that information. However, to answer as many questions possible for y'all, here is all of the information that I COULD get from FMIC. Apparently, this is all the info they have. No data sheets, no spec docs, no photos. Here's what we got: Model Name: FSR G5123B, Electromatic® Bass (5123B) Model Number: 251-6200-(512) Exclusive Retailer: Guitar Center (No store was to receive more than 1, some stores received NONE, AKA "Select Stores"). Category: Hollow Body Bass Guitars Body Style: Single Cutaway Scale Length: 32" (812.8mm) Top: Arched Laminated Maple Bracing: N/A (None?) Back: Laminated Maple Body, 16" Wide, 2.75" Deep Neck: 3-Piece Maple Nut: Derlin (Synthetic Bone) Width at Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm) Fretboard: Rosewood, 12" Radius (305mm) No. of Frets: 22 Bridge: Rosewood Based Adjustomatic® 4-Saddle Pickups: 2x TV Jones© Thunder'Tron® Hardware: Chrome-Plated (Manufacturer Unknown) Machine Heads: Chrome-Plated Die-cast Tuners (Manufacturer Unknown) Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, Neck Volume, Bridge Volume (all Gretsch "G-Arrow" Style Knurled Knobs), pickup Selector Switch. Finish: Gloss Urethane Color: Sunset/Western Orange & Lotus Ivory Bindings Strings: Fender, Nickle-Plated, .045, .065, .085, .105 Unique Features: Neo Classic "Thumbnail" Inlay Position Markers, Black Headstock Overlay, White Pearloid Gretsch© and Electromatic® Headstock Inlays, Bound Rosewood Fingerboard, Bound Maple Top and Back, No Pickguard, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, Adjustable Truss Rod. U.S. MSRP: $1,150.00 Source: Japan Introduced: 2010 Note: Gretsch says that these basses come from JAPAN, however, in the limited information that I was able to dig up before calling Gretsch, most people claimed that the neck has "MADE IN KOREA" stamped on the back. I will be interested to see what mine says. It should be here (Austin) late this week, or mid next week, weather depending. I hope that this is good information for y'all, pictures to follow when the bass comes in. Rock (Bop, Hop, Swing and Jam) on! -S PLACE OF ORIGIN UPDATE The back of the headstock on my G5123B is clearly marked with the serial and "MADE IN KOREA"