Basses

Gretsch isn’t typically known for their bass guitars, but they have offered some pretty cool basses over the years.

Gretsch isn’t typically known for their bass guitars, but they have offered some pretty cool basses over the years.

Gretsch isn’t typically known for their bass guitars, but they have offered some pretty cool basses over the years.

The Gretsch-GEAR database includes 25 different models and 72 examples in the Basses family, including Acoustic/Electric, Bikini Bass, Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird, Broadkaster, Broadkaster Bass, Committee, Electromatic Bass, Long Scale, Short Scale, Short Scale Bass, Solid Body, Spectra Sonic, Thunder Jet, TK300, TK300 Solid Body, Tom Petersson Signature Falcon 4-string Bass, Tom Petersson Signature White Falcon Bass, Western Acoustic/Electric and White Falcon Bass models.

Guitar models in the Basses group

5123-B Electromatic Bass
Documented years: 2010 to 2012

A limited edition model originally offered at Guitar Center for a doorbuster special in 2010. There was only one per store, and not every store got one. For the folks who managed to get their hands on one, they picked up a big hollow orange bass with two TV Jones ...

5440
Documented years: None

The 5440 expanded the Electromatic range of basses with a long-scale, hollow-body option. At least among Electromatics, it was a first, given that the 5123 was a short-scale. Pickup-wise, the 5440 went with Blacktop FilterTrons. It also featured bound f-holes and a bound neck, moving it a bit more upscale ...

5442-BDC
Documented years: 2012 to 2015

The 5542B bass was introduced alongside the 542X Electromatic line-up in 2012, providing some nice bottom end (and a bargain) for folks looking for an inexpensive Gretsch hollowbody bass.

6024 Bikini Bass
Documented years: None

None

6070 Long Scale
Documented years: 1963 to 1967

None

6071 Short Scale
Documented years: 1964 to 1968

None

6072 Long Scale
Documented years: 2006

Two pickups.

6073 Short Scale Bass
Documented years: 1967 to 2009

Two-pickup with Electrotone body, 30.3" scale, simulated f-holes. The Fender-era reissue also had Sperzel tuners and factory strap locks.

6119-B Broadkaster
Documented years: 1991 to 2010

A sort of Tennessean bass.

6119-BO Broadkaster
Documented years: 1991

Orange

6128-B Thunder Jet
Documented years: 2006

None

6136-B-TP Tom Petersson Signature Falcon 4-string Bass
Documented years: None

Introduced in 2017, The 6136B-TP features a double cutaway center block body, ebony fingerboard with Falcon-motif hump-block inlays, 30.3" short scale, Gotoh tuning machines and jeweled arrow knobs. The pickups are somewhat unique for this model-- A Gretsch RumbleTron in the neck position, and a Seymour Duncan Bass Supertron in ...

6136-B-TP12 Tom Petersson Signature White Falcon Bass
Documented years: 2017

Introduced in 2017, this is the Custom Shop edition of Tom Petersson's legendary 12-string White Falcon bass. 30.5" scale, Seymour Duncan Custom Supertron pickups, Gotoh tuners, jeweled-arrow knobs, White Lacquer finish. Also available in a "relic" lacquer finish.

6136-LSB White Falcon Bass
Documented years: 2007

None

6145 Spectra Sonic
Documented years: 2000

None

6175 Acoustic/Electric
Documented years: 1991

None

6175-W Western Acoustic/Electric
Documented years: None

None

6176 Acoustic/Electric
Documented years: None

Fretless.

6199-B Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird
Documented years: 2006 to 2012

The bass version of the 6199 Electromatic Billy Bo.

7605 Broadkaster Bass
Documented years: 1977

The natural-finish 7605 Broadkaster solidbody bass and its sunburst-finished twin, the 7606, were good examples of some of the darkest days at Gretsch. Offered from '75 to '79, "features" included a bolt-on neck, dot inlays, Schaller tuning machines, and a body, neck and fretboard of rock maple.

7606 Broadkaster Bass
Documented years: 1975

The natural-finish 7605 Broadkaster solidbody bass and its sunburst-finished twin, the 7606, were good examples of some of the darkest days at Gretsch. Offered from '75 to '79, "features" included a bolt-on neck, dot inlays, Schaller tuning machines, and a body, neck and fretboard of rock maple.

7615 Solid Body
Documented years: None

Baldwin-era solidbody bass.

7626 TK300 Solid Body
Documented years: 1978

Autumn Red version of the late 70s TK300 bass

7627 TK300
Documented years: 1978

Bass.

7629 Committee
Documented years: 1977 to 1979

Bass