Gretsch-GEAR Tennesseans 6119 Tennessean

1964 Gretsch 6119: Doesn't seem to have one

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Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Bordeaux Burgundy
Rosewood with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Delrin/Synthetic Bone with zero fret
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)

One of the previous owners cut out ONE of the f-holes! I've owned it since the 80's, and Geoff (Dr Gretsch) had it for a couple of years before me, and I contacted the owner before Geoff who said the f-hole was already cut out when he bought it at a music store in the late 70's.
I filled the body with foam blocks to eliminate feedback.
The neck was also reset, jumbo frets installed, again, prior to my owning it.

Unusual factory features

No serial number anywhere. But the tuners, numbers on the pots and other clues point to 1964.

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5 years ago Last modified 2015-10-19 14:43:15

Back in the late-70's/early-80's Geoff and I were in a band together in Northern Calif. He had this Tenny, I had a brand new Fender Lead II. We traded. I have had the guitar ever since. The band broke up, we all moved on. I ended up in L.A. and although Geoff and I lost contact, I kept the guitar for all these years.

I have had dozens of guitars over the years, but the Tenny has always been with me thru live stage work, studio work, and writing at home. It just plays so easy and has very low action and a fast neck. Like butter!

Plus, I have always assumed that because someone cut out the f-hole and re-set the neck, it really has no value to anyone else, so why bother trying to sell it. There were a few years when I didn't use it and it sat neglected in the closet.

A couple of years ago I was trying to do some research on it and I posted this story here ...and Geoff commented that he remembered the guitar, and me, and we were able to get caught up again after decades! Thanks Gretsch pages!

If there was a serial number, it would be stamped into the tip (edge) of the headstock.

I know. There isn’t one there.

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