The door opened the other day, and in came a brand-new Gretsch 6118 LTV, an Anniversary model in a smoke green lacquer. ML bracing, locking tuners, TV Jones pickups, and a really great feel – this is an exceptional guitar.
NOTE: This instrument has been discontinued and is no longer available from Fender or Gretsch. This post remains for historical purposes only.
|Serial Number||JT 1030843|
|Pricing||$4129.99 Canadian Dollars with Gretsch hardshell case.|
|Neck||Maple neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard and neo-classic markers.|
|Frets||22 medium frets.|
|Body||Maple laminate body, bound. ML bracing!
ML bracing is a blend of soundpost and trestle bracing; there’s an L-shaped addition to the struts that stiffens the guitar and couples the top and back. Trestle bracing is essentially C-shaped with two supports, the second in front of the neck pickup. Both systems reduce feedback while allowing the guitar body to resonate.
|Finish||Two-tone lacquer finish. The back, sides, and neck are a metallic smoke green, the top is a pale cream, “Jaguar Tan”.|
|Hardware/electronics||TV Jones Classic pickups, Sperzl locking tuners, pinned Adjusto-matic bridge on a rosewood base. Master volume, individual volumes, pickup selector, mud switch. V-cut Gretsch Bigsby B-6c|
|Playability/Action||This guitar plays so well and sounds so good, it’s unclear to me why it hasn’t followed me home.|
|Case||original Gretsch hardshell case|
|Comments||This is a really great example of Gretsch production, modern or vintage. Anniversary models are very much the same as 6120’s without binding on the F-holes, neck or headstock, for a lot less money.|
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