Modern Gretsch Guitars

Looking at a strange 2005 6118

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serial # is

JF05060008

So It's Japan Fugi-Gen Gakki factory June 2005

But the last four digits are only 0008

Which means according to The Esteemed Understanding Gretsch Serial #'s makes it:

"0001 - 0100: Reserved for prototypes, samples, one-offs, and other special things."

It is listed as 6118 Smoke Green Anniversary Edition

Is the AE enough to give it a serial of only 0008 despite being made in JUNE?

or is it otherwise 'special' in some way?

I am including picture

They are asking $1450

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Very similar to this one except the one I am looking at has a Bigsby

Also seller remarked it had some sort of 'upgraded Bigsby'

These look pretty sweet

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I doubt it's a prototype or anything THAT unusual, but I will tell you this: the 2005 Fuji-gen made 6118s have tone post bracing, fairly thin ply tops, and a floating fretboard extension that is not attached to the top. This makes for a very resonant guitar with a wonderful tone. Here's mine:

And here's a pic of the fretboard extension:

The B6 Bigsby, however, is not original, and it isn't on mine either.

Nice guitar, but $1,450 is just an ok price, you can probably do better...

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Is that a Compton bridge on yours?

Weird roller bridge on this one!

Sounds like the pickups got that 'twang' and it's got the sweet bracing.

I've seen a few completed auctions at Reverb.com with similar prices

This will be my go-to guitar for a long time. Want to choose right!

Thanks.

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I'll play it make $1300 offer probably. It's gotta be a sweet guitar AND deal!

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I will also check to see if it's lacquer or poly and if it has stock or TV jones

The latter two appointments would make it more valuable to me

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If it's a 2005 JF serial number guitar, I'm almost positive that it's poly finish with stock filters. BTW, that bridge isn't a roller bridge; it's the stock space control bridge. If you get this guitar, I'd consider replacing that, too.

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Joe could confirm, but I think they didn't start reserving the first 10 until '08 or so.

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I agree totally with dilver; the Fugi-Gen built Annies are wonderful. I have one from 2005 as well. In my opinion anywhere around the $1400 mark is money well spent. I've had five 6118s and this is the one that I kept and will never sell. BTW, mine is from may and is #0097.

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I talked the seller down to $1200 so with the money saved I can buy TV Jones bridge pup and a Compton bridge!

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Do yourself a favor and buy a Tru-Arc rocking bar bridge.

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I gotta read up on the Tru Arc vs. Compton bridge

I'll do a search

Thanks. I read a bunch about Compton but kind of missed the Tru Arc

I've got (as of tomorrow) three guitars to consider bridges for:

2012 5420 (frankly pickups might be my first tinker. The black tops just seem a little anemic). This has the floating bridge thang.

2004 5129 (Adore the DeArmond 2000's) . Fixed bridge

2005 6118 (looking at tomorrow and almost certainly scooping up)

I ADORE the roller bridge on my Flatroc

Need to thin my herd and sell my Washburn N4

Or let go my pride and joy - the 1980 AS200

I had a guy offer me $2200 a couple of years back but wasn't ready to let it go

Maybe my PRS. It's great but I rarely play it

Sigh...

Off to read up on Tru Arcs

Hopefully no big words or complex concepts ! :l


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