2004 Gretsch G6118T-120 120th Anniversary

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Up for sale is a 2004 Gretsch G6118T 120th Anniversary hollowbody guitar. It is 100% original and in excellent condition. The guitar comes with the original case and case candy.

I am the original owner having purchased the guitar special order. I have handled the guitar with the utmost care over the past sixteen years. There are faint scratches around the knobs, on the headstock, and on the back (from shirt buttons, not belts). All of these scratches are so fine that it was impossible for me to photograph them. The frets have plenty of live in them and are far from needing to be replaced (see photo). There is one small impression near the fourth fret which is indiscernible while playing (see photo). One pick guard mounting screw is missing, but this is easily replaceable (search for part no. 006-0871-000 on Reverb).

The guitar is set up with D'Addario EXL 110s and the action is just right. The bridge is floating, but is currently secured in position with a tiny piece of non-marking, double-sided tape.

Feel free to message me with any questions. Thanks for looking!

Product Description

With the Gretsch G6118T 120th Anniversary Guitar, Gretsch pulled out all the stops to celebrate 120 years of crafting fine instruments. Neoclassical "thumbnail" inlay position markers on an ebony fretboard, black headstock overlay with chrome anniversary plate, multiple body binding, and copper mist plexi pickguard give it a splendidly elegant and retro look. Bright and complex timbre comes from arched laminated maple top, back, and sides; TV Jones Classic Filtertron humbucking pickups; 3-position master tone toggle; and classic Bigsby B6CB vibrato.


Laminated maple top, back, and sides
3-piece maple neck
Ebony fretboard
TV Jones Classic Filtertron humbucking pickups
Multiple body binding
F hole binding
Copper mist plexi pickguard
Black headstock overlay with chrome anniversary plate
3-position master tone toggle
Independent and master volume controls

History of the 6118-T-120 Anniversary (from GretschPages.com)

The original Anniversary, released in 1958 as a celebration of Gretsch's 75 years in business, was a mainstay of the Gretsch lineup. So it was only fitting that 2003 found Fender Musical Instruments Corp. — being in control of Gretsch’s manufacturing and distribution since the previous year — deciding to celebrate the company’s 120th anniversary with a new Anniversary model. The guitar that came out of the Terada factory that year was one of the first new models made under FMIC control. It had the traditional features of an anniversary: a 16-inch laminated maple body, unbound f-holes with squared points, a three-piece unbound maple neck, a 24.6" scale with ebony fretboard and 21 frets, and an unbound headstock with black plastic overlay and the traditional Anniversary chrome metal plate, adorned with a diamond engraving and the text "Anniversary 1883 - 2003". According to Mike Lewis at FMIC, the earliest 6118-120 guitars were made with a five-ply maple laminate which was considerably thinner than the five-ply laminate pre-FMIC guitars used. Some time around June or July 2003, they switched to a three-ply laminate. Some other features were quite uncommon at the time. The body was one of the first to have the correct vintage outline (compared to the pre-FMIC ones), the wood laminate was thinner and bracing was by classic parallel braces running under the top with a soundpost between the top and back. Unlike previous Anniversary models, the 120 was obviously aimed at the higher end of the Gretch line-up. From its retro-Gretsch Bamboo Yellow/Copper Mist color scheme to its features, the 120 was special. Some of the features setting it apart from lesser Anniversaries were a stock B6 Bigsby, TV Jones' Classic Filtertron pickups (made by hand and only to be found on Brian Setzer’s signature model until then) rocking bar bridge, Grover Sta Tite open back tuning machines and aged binding. All in all it made for a very desirable guitar in an unusual color, which seems to be loved by its owners. When asked for how long this anniversary would last, Lewis replied that it was indeed a limited edition, but they just haven’t decided yet how limited it would be! The 120th Anniversary was finally phased out in 2008 to make way for the 125th Anniversary.

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Product Specs

Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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