Gretsch-GEAR Tennesseans 6119 Tennessee Rose

2005 Gretsch 6119: JF05090019

This guitar is for sale. Contact j sanfilippo for details.

Owned by
j sanfilippo
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Cherry Red
Ebony with Neo-Classic/Thumbnail inlays
Vintage "Patent Number" FilterTron
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Master Tone (knob)
  • Pickup selector switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)

I changed the stock Tune O Matic bridge with a Gretsch Space Control Bridge that helps clean up the intonation a bit. Other than that she is still factory stock.

Unusual factory features

According to the serial number, it appears that this guitar is most likely a factory prototype for production at the Fuji-gen factory. The primary indicator of this is that the sequence number portion of the serial number (last 4 digits) begins with "00". According to Mike Lewis of FMIC, the "00" sequence is indeed reserved for special runs and prototypes. Around 2005/2006 the Tennessean/Tennessee Rose design was going through some changes, and it's likely that this guitar was one of the factory transitional prototypes. A prototype model is still technically more rare than a standard production issue.

It is in mint condition. Patent # 2892371 stamped on pups.

I absolutely am in love with it, made my fingers sore playing it last night.

And of course the Cherry Red is WAY cooler than the orange :)

Nice T-Rose, Jenny.

Judging by the serial number, yours appears to be a factory prototype. When FMIC assumed production, they gradually went through the entire line over a 3-year period and re-vamped the specs on many models to bring them closer in line with classic specifications. Not sure exactly when they got around to the T-Rose series, but yours appears to be one of the re-vamp prototypes.

Also, the Tune-o-matic bridge is the stock bridge for this particular model.

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