Gretsch Guitars

Anniversary models

The Gretsch Anniversary series debuted in 1958 as a celebration of 75 years since the company’s founding. In what must be among the longest anniversary celebrations ever, Gretsch has pretty much kept on making Annies ever since. In fact, they’ve celebrated a few new anniversaries along the way.

For many, the ultimate vintage Annies are the originals. For the first two years, Anniversary models were equipped with FilterTron humbuckers, making them essentially a budget-priced 6120. All they lack are the bound f-holes and headstock of the more upscale models and a stock Bigsby.

Budget-priced was the key: From the beginning, Anniversary models were “promotionally priced”, and as the ‘60s began, Gretsch began moving them farther downscale. In 1960, Rosewood fingerboards began to replace ebony and HiLoTron single-coils began to replace FilterTrons. By the end of 1961, the changeover was complete.

But even as Gretsch took the Anniversary down market, they came out with a pair of high-end stereo versions, the sunburst 6111 and Smoke Green 6112. On Anniversaries, the already low-output HiLo’s were split to provide the stereo output, making the system even less functional than it was on FilterTron-equipped stereo guitars. Since the system was only offered in 1961 and 1962 and was never particularly popular, stereo Anniversarys are extremely rare. They can be easily spotted by their closely-spaced pickups.

During the Baldwin era, the Single Anniversary was quietly dropped, as were the Smoke Green Anniversaries. The sunburst finished 7560 Double Anniversary soldiered on as through the 70s, until 1977, when it, too was dropped.

The Anniversary line quickly returned In the modern era, and has proliferated since its return. In addition to both FilterTron and HiLoTron-equipped versions, Gretsch has also celebrated with the Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist 120th Anniversary and the Jaguar Tan/Gold 125th Anniversary.

22 different models and 307 examples are in the Gretsch-GEAR database, including "Double" Anniversary, "Single" Anniversary, 125th Anniversary, 130th Anniversary, 130th Anniversary Jr, Anniversary, Anniversary Junior, Cats-eye, Double Anniversary and Sarah Gallenberger models.
6111-Stereo Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
6112-Stereo Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
Two-tone smoke green
6117 "Double" Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
  • The Baldwin years: 1968-1987
Like other Anniversary models, the sunburst-finished version of the classic Double Anniversary was introduced in 1958, originally with twin FilterTron pickups. In 1960 HiLoTron pickups replaced the FilterTrons ...
6117-T-HT Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
With Bigsby and HiLoTron pickups.
6117-HT Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
From about 2003 to 2006 Gretsch offered two different HiLoTron-equipped versions of the 6117. The Bigsby-less G6117-HT was not as popular as the Bigsby-equipped 6117T-HT.
6117 Cats-eye
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
Only available from 65-68
6118-TLH-LTV
  • The rebirth years: 1988-2002
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
The standard 6118, in left-handed form.
6118 "Double" Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
  • The Baldwin years: 1968-1987
  • The rebirth years: 1988-2002
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Two-tone green
6118-T-LTV 125th 125th Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
The 125th Anniversary was offered in 2008 to celebrate Gretsch's 125 years in business. It was distinguished by a special two-tone Jaguar Tan/Gold lacquer finish, but also featured ...
6118-130th 130th Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
To celebrate 130 years since the company founding, Gretsch released this custom shop complement to the regular pro-line 130th Anniversary Jr. The custom shop 130th Anniversary was created ...
6118-TLH-LTV 130th Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Identical to the 6118T-LTV, in left-handed form.
6118-T-LTV JR 130th 130th Anniversary Jr
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Following on the heels of the successful 120th and 125th Anniversary models, Gretsch introduced this Jr model to celebrate their 130th anniversary. Fans had been clamoring for a ...
6118-T-120 Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
The original Anniversary, released in 1958 as a celebration of Gretsch's 75 years in business, was a mainstay of the Gretsch lineup. So it was only fitting that ...
6118-T Anniversary
  • The rebirth years: 1988-2002
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
With Bigsby
6118-LTV Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Lacquer-finished, with TV Jones pickups
6118-TLH-125th Anniversary
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Left-Handed version of the 6118-T-LTV-125th Anniversary model. ML bracing; Two-tone Jaguar Tan and Gold lacquer finish. Powertron Pickups; Sperzel tuners; pinned Tune-o-matic bridge, Left-handed B6C Bigsby tailpiece
6118-T-JR Anniversary Junior
  • The rebirth years: 1988-2002
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
Junior Anniversary with Bigsby
6118-JR Anniversary Junior
  • The rebirth years: 1988-2002
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
A shrunk-down, 14" version of the Anniversary.
6118-SGG Sarah Gallenberger
  • The Fender years: 2003-present
In 2012 Gretsch commissioned artist Sarah Gallenberger to craft a series of hand-painted Anniversaries. They were given the SGG designation.
6124 "Single" Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
Sunburst
6125 "Single" Anniversary
  • The golden years: 1954-1967
The 6125 was the two-tone green version of the Single Anniversary.
7560 Double Anniversary
  • The Baldwin years: 1968-1987
The Baldwin-era version of the classic 6117 sunburst-finished Double Anniversary.