Modern Gretsch Guitars

NGD - FMIC-era 6120-60

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This popped up for sale yesterday morning a couple hours from me. Made in 2005, pre-Chet with Nashville still on the guard. Bone stock and mint condition. I was hard pressed to find anything beyond some light swirl marks that only show up in the right light.

I always regretted getting rid of my old blue burst 6120, and this has the same features, other than color, non-v cut bigsby and the zero fret, so I had to grab it. Had to drive through a snow storm to get it, but the white knuckled drive was worth it.

Needs some new strings and a setup, and I might order a Duane arm for the Bigsby, eventually a tru-arc, but I think I'll leave the pickups for now. Feels good to have a proline again.

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Classic and classy. Play it in excellent health!

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Congratulations! I'd like to see the inside and how it compares to the pre-FMIC specimen in terms of construction.

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Nice Score!

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Congrats,ya can't beat a 6120!

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Pretty! I keep thinking I need to cut my pre-FMIC 6120 loose and pick up a straight orange FMIC 6120. Everybody in the house tells me I shouldn't sell it but if I get one that looks just like it I doubt they'll notice.

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Congratulations! I'd like to see the inside and how it compares to the pre-FMIC specimen in terms of construction.

– sascha

Thanks. Here's a few snaps from the inside. i'm not really sure how they might compare to the pre-FMIC models, I would suspect they would look much the same. I did drop the mud switch and confirm that the top is 3-ply, as would be expected for an FMIC era guitar.

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Thanks a lot! Looks good and clean. Big obvious difference is the kerfing that the pre-FMIC 6120-60s just don't have. They've got thick (I think 7-ply) sides that the top and back are glued onto. That's a solid bracing I see in the pictures. I'll take a look inside mine tomorrow and see what differences or similarities I might find. Seems you've got yourself a great guitar!

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Thanks a lot! Looks good and clean. Big obvious difference is the kerfing that the pre-FMIC 6120-60s just don't have. They've got thick (I think 7-ply) sides that the top and back are glued onto. That's a solid bracing I see in the pictures. I'll take a look inside mine tomorrow and see what differences or similarities I might find. Seems you've got yourself a great guitar!

– sascha

Thanks for the info, I didn't realize the sides on the pre-FMIC models were THAT thick in lieu of kerfing. It's shaping up to be a good guitar, just needs to deal with a pesky high fret to get rid of some buzz.

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Congratulations. Great looking guitar.

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Sweeeeet! And if it’s anything like my G6120, you’re gonna love the sound thru an amp! The tone post gives them a unique “ growl” that you can summon on demand!

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Here's two inside pics of mine (1993).

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For a while I owned a 97 6120-60 alongside an FMIC SSLVO. Both were fitted with TVJ Classics, weighed virtually the same, and sounded almost identical. The SSLVO was very slightly "tighter" with a bit of a scoop in the upper mids when compared to the 6120-60. You could read that as the 6120-60 being very slightly warmer. Anyone listening in a crowded bar could never tell the difference. It would seem that the construction had almost no affect on the tone. They were both equally feedback resistant.

With the 2 side by side you couldn't see any difference between the poly and the lacquer from 3 feet away. There were other differences, mainly with the neck profile and frets, but eventually the 6120-60 won through and the SSLVO went on it's way.


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