Gretsch-GEAR Tennesseans 6119 Tennessean

1960 Gretsch 6119: 34922

Owned by
Dr. Buddy Mercury
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Rosa Red
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Bone with zero fret
'58-60 "Patent Applied For" FilterTron (bridge)
Bigsby B-3C (V-cutout)

The neck of the guitar had a strange systematic “pitting” along the back of the neck it looked like “stand damage,” but continued at regular intervals up and down the length of the neck. The guitar was brought to Curt Wilson of Old School Guitars in Hopewell, NJ in August of 2015. Curt refinished the neck with nitrocellulose lacquer making it infinitely more playable and restoring the beauty of the neck to near brand new specifications. He also fixed several minor issues that plague older guitars making it a “modern player” rather than a vintage showpiece.

The guitar was fitted with a black pick-up ring and custom black pickguard from Paul Setzer to give it a more modern feel. Beyond these few aesthetic/cosmetic changes, the guitar has remained in as close to original condition as possible. The pick-up is original as well as the tuners and every effort will be made to ensure this remains so throughout the life of the guitar.

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3 years ago Last modified 2016-04-04 08:20:49

The Vixen:

In July 2015, I, Buddy Mercury, purchased this guitar from the website, and picked it up at Guitar-Villa in Bethlehem, PA. The shop is a short road trip from West Philadelphia where I currently live. It cost me approximately two thousand dollars.

I attempted to acquire the provenance of the guitar from the seller, but they requested their details remain private. So the life of the guitar before it came into my possession is a mystery to me.

I bought the guitar because I had left my home in the neighborhood of Fishtown in North Philadelphia when my wife divorced me. When I left I took very few items with me, leaving behind my beloved Gretsch Tennessee Rose, a modern version of this guitar with 2 filtertrons and a deeper “cherry” finish. I had always wanted a vintage instrument and decided to try and lift my spirits by hunting for a guitar that would fit me well. I had my eye on this guitar specifically long before my divorce and decided it was time to pick it up.

This guitar is the “sister” guitar of a second guitar modified by Curt Wilson of Old School Guitars called “The Vicar” a modified 1962 Single Anniversary (SN: --) that has been heavily modified to resemble a “stock” version of the 1960 Tennessean only in a black and white theme.

Both guitars were used in the music of “Mercury Radio Theater.” The project I started in 1999 and continue with my community here in Philadelphia to this day. I’d encourage whomever reads this to hunt down some original recordings (there should be plenty in existence), to hear the voice of these guitars while I was using them.

During my time as a musician my guitars have shared the stage with musicians I’ve come to know and love. Here is a short list of bands to explore that were in close contact with this instrument: Farquar Muckenfuss, Gringo Motel, Big Lazy, F. Woods, Calibreto, Harley Poe, Dead Milkmen, West Philadelphia Orchestra, TJ Kong and his Atomic Bomb, The Rectors, Brood of Vipers, Blaster the Rocketman.

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