The Workbench

Gretsch Vintage V neck profile

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I am interested in the G6120T-59, but I can’t find one in my area to try out. Looking at the Gretsch website, I like everything about it, but have a concern about the “Vintage V” neck. I really like the “Standard U” necks, and I am wondering if the “Vintage V” will be OK for me.

I don’t mind a soft V, or even a pronounced V that resolves to a C or a U.

As always, all info or opinions are welcomed and appreciated ...

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My favorite neck.

Necks are so personal when it comes to how they feel. Everyone is different.

I'm not good at descriptions, so others can chime in, but I consider it a soft V.

Very comfortable feeling to me.

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never played a Gretsch that had what felt like a V to me

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never played a Gretsch that had what felt like a V to me

– tabletop

I haven't either, the 1898 Parlor I had was a radicle V, but somehow was not uncomfortable.

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For us fingerstyle players a soft V and shallow C are quite often favored as they comfortably suit thumb placement. I have a couple of a more medium C and have no issues switching between them. The only profile I can't live with is the deep D that was on my Super Chet. It was like the necks on Flamenco guitars and unless you have huge hands, you can't wrap your thumb around for fretting.

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I haven't either, the 1898 Parlor I had was a radicle V, but somehow was not uncomfortable.

– RCgold

yeah I have a '39 Epiphone Zenith with a pretty pronounced V. Maybe when you've played something seriously V'd a more subtle V is barely noticeable

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It’s a soft v. They make a few of their resonators with a hard v. The vintage v models are much softer. Especially nice with rolled edges.

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so did vintage '59 6120's have a V neck?

I don't really think my '59 6119 does. Might just be too subtle for me

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I just meant that the “vintage” V is soft. As opposed to the one the reso has, which is listed as a “medium” V but is much more pronounced.

I can’t speak as to which guitar actually has which neck. You’d notice the V vs the standard U.

Give me a few minutes and I can get some comparison pics.

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so did vintage '59 6120's have a V neck?

I don't really think my '59 6119 does. Might just be too subtle for me

– tabletop

Don't know about 59, 58 did not, it most closely resembled the White Penguin, wished I had kept all the pictures of it, I did post one here when I measured the neck. Picture probably not much help. Sorry.

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Scratch that “few minutes” part. I can’t find a good camera angle for this.

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I have never played an original '59 6120 so can't say if it had a soft V neck, but when I got my first Setzer Sig it felt exactly like my '63 and '64 6120s I have owned. I love that neck shape. It's pretty subtle but very playable.

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My '53 Vintage Edition Duo Jet's (V-neck) is pretty close to my other Jet. Not much difference between the two really - It isn't deep at all and very comfortable.

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My '53 Vintage Edition Duo Jet's (V-neck) is pretty close to my other Jet. Not much difference between the two really - It isn't deep at all and very comfortable.

– BirdsNBats

First time that I've heard a '53 VS Jet has a Vintage V neck?

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Same here, although I'm not surprised. My '59 VS Jet has an even shallower soft V than the SSLVO. I wish it was a bit bigger but it doesn't stop me playing it and I have forgotten about it after 5 minutes of playing.

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My mistake! the '53 VS has a standard "U" neck (lol) no wonder it felt "close" ha, ha,


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