Modern Gretsch Guitars

Gretsch 6118 Players Edition OPINIONS?

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Hi folks! Im very close to grab this guitar but would like to know opinions of any of you owners...

Seems to have several of the strengths I like in a gretsch...thin body, filters, just one switch...

Is it a great piece to gig with? I have a tremendous 1964 AC10 waitin!

This is the one...

Thanks a lot

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Go For It!

Gorgeous!! And fabulous tones....!

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You can't go wrong and your amp will thank you.

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I really want one of these, more than a 6120 actually

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I had a 6120 LTV for some weeks. Sounded awesome. Tv classics but Not fan of that thick body

Had a 89 country classic II. Great sounding but super heavy weight and too big for me.

I can’t find a great gretsch thin body lightweight with filters and trestle!! This one appears to be the one!

Am I wrong or is there a better choice?

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You did good. Everything you want plus that great Gretsch sound.

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I hadn't known about them until this thread but I really like what I hear. Sounds like a winner for sure.....and versatile.

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It depends on what musical settings you play in, style of music, etc. Of course they are really well made, as one would expect from the Terada Gretsches. The Players Edition guitars are tight, with ML bracing or trestle, and some features that a lot of folks were modding into their Gretsches, like a treble bleed circuit, jack plate, etc., are already there. I had one and sold it, simply because I like the lighter built Annies and 6120s that are better suited to my own playing. Mostly, I like the way they respond and feel compared to heavily braced guitars; it's just personal preference. The good things about the PE guitars include versatility, stability when exposed to climate and humidity changes, fewer feedback issues at high volumes, and playing comfort.

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Thanks journey I play all kind of stuff in party’s weddings and jams Elvis, Petty rolling beatles the band . all sort classic rock

I’m the singer and mostly rythm guitar

When you mean the lighter 6120 are they lighter than these 6118s players Ed?

Are these ones for all kind of music and great for classic rock in your opinion?

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Perfect for that application.

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They are indeed versatile. My 6120 and 6118 are from the Fuji-gen factory and are constructed differently than the Terada built ones. I also have a 1960 Annie (6124) and my Fuji-gen guitars are almost identical in construction. When I say light, I mean very thin tops and a neck extension that is suspended over the top. They are very responsive and lively with parallel braces and a tone post. The trade off is that they feedback easily (only a problem for some people) and very susceptible to humidity changes. (seasonal changes and travel to places with high humidity) The truss rod wrench is always in the case when traveling.

For what you do, the Players Edition Annie should be perfect.

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Thanks to all For the help

I will grab one as soon as I can!

Oh I see all the players edition have the thinner bodies... Do all the models preserve their own carácter and sound?

Anyone experienced in the 6120T?

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I have the exact guitar and I LOVE it. I like to play loud, and when rocking, mine feedbacks so musically. It's just so much fun to play. It's also great for low volume stuff. I really like the player edition features like, the bar bridge, and the pinless Bigsby. And, I really like the tone control as I've never been a fan of the mud switches on my other Gretsches! For what you want to do with it, you'll love it!

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Hey folks!! Just received the 6118T players edition Annie Great guitar at first try with my 64 ac10 with a vintage blue Alnico 12” speaker!

Nice neck. Great pickups. Maybe a better setup should help. Nice weight. Definitely better for players. Pinned bridge although radius does not match the fingerboard radius

Btw any help to improve bridge radius? Apart from that.... trying to find a good OD for this combination. I’ve got a Klon clone but makes sound bigger and that’s not needed... what do you recommend or use for a low to medium gain for classic rock ?

And YES you were right... VOX LOVES GRETSCH!M

thanks to all for your help in the past present and future!

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I wish they put the horseshoe emblem on the headstock and not that square thing. A truss rod cover would be great for "Anniversary"

I played one of those not long ago in GC and it was sweet.

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Btw any help to improve bridge radius?

Gosh, I hate to say anything, but you walked right into it. That's what Tru-Arc bridges were developed to resolve. You should know they're my product, so of course I endorse them. But others seem to like them, been selling them for 10 years and January has been the best month ever.

Five different metals, plus glass. Two basic styles, plus options. Probably got you covered. Just get in touch.

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Btw any help to improve bridge radius?

Gosh, I hate to say anything, but you walked right into it. That's what Tru-Arc bridges were developed to resolve. You should know they're my product, so of course I endorse them. But others seem to like them, been selling them for 10 years and January has been the best month ever.

Five different metals, plus glass. Two basic styles, plus options. Probably got you covered. Just get in touch.

– Proteus

In my honest, working class opinion a Tru-Arc Serpentune bridge is the best bridge for a Gretsch guitar with a floating bridge base.

I've tried the reissued Melita Syncro-sonic, a couple of different tuneomatic (or adjustomatic style as FMIC refers to them) bridges, a Bigsby compensated bridge and even a Stainless Steel Tru-Arc Serpentune before I finally decided on an Aluminum Tru-Arc Serpentune for my Duo Jet.

It's solid, compensated for intonation and the radius match really makes a difference in the setup. It makes playing the guitar more fun.

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They are indeed versatile. My 6120 and 6118 are from the Fuji-gen factory and are constructed differently than the Terada built ones. I also have a 1960 Annie (6124) and my Fuji-gen guitars are almost identical in construction. When I say light, I mean very thin tops and a neck extension that is suspended over the top. They are very responsive and lively with parallel braces and a tone post. The trade off is that they feedback easily (only a problem for some people) and very susceptible to humidity changes. (seasonal changes and travel to places with high humidity) The truss rod wrench is always in the case when traveling.

For what you do, the Players Edition Annie should be perfect.

– Journeyman

How would one know which factory that the guitar was built in? Is it based on the year? I have a 2018 Eddie Cochran model and I was just curious.

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Oh. Great info folks! Thank you I continued playing with it today. Intonation was a bit better.

Proteus this is a pinned bridge. 12 radius fingerboard. No idea what radius is the bridge. Which model is the correct I should try if true arc?

Buddy thanks... That serpentine is in your opinion good for a pinned bridge?

Btw. The guitar arrived with the bridge a bit twisted due to a bump in the travel sure. And one of the closing metal parts of the hardcase is broken. I can send everything back or keep the guitar and send back the case for a replacement

I just put the bridge plain in the body but still moves a bit if you push backwards or forward.

In your guitar the wooden bridge piece is fixed not moving an inch? Or can be moved a little bit? I can send it back but plays good by now. I can purchase another from UK same money hoping it will arrived perfect

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The SerpenTune is compensated for the pinned bridge position on Gretsch pro-line guitars, so it should work fine on your guitar.

A 12" radius bridge is usually used on a guitar with 12" radius fingerboard.

I'm concerned that you say the bridge on yours was "twisted" in shipping. I assume mean the bridge position was changed? Not the bridge itself? I can't imagine shipping damage that would twist the actual metal of a bridge without completely wrecking the guitar.


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