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Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary   

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First created in 1958 in celebration of Gretsch's 75th anniverary, its 2-tone smoke green color was taken from that era's Cadillac. Reissued in 1993 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Strikingly beautiful.

First created in 1958 in celebration of Gretsch's 75th anniverary, its 2-tone smoke green color was taken from that era's Cadillac. Reissued in 1993 to celebrate Gretsch's 110th anniversary, it features a laminated rock-maple neck, ebony-stained rosewood fingerboard, black headpiece with pearl inlay, multiple body binding, laminated maple body, dual high-sensitivity Filter'Tron adjustable pickups, and a Gretsch "G" tailpiece. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Neck:
  • Laminated rock-maple
  • Ebony-stained rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 24-3/5" scale, joined at the 14th fret
  • Bound fingerboard
  • Neo-classic position markers
  • Black headpiece, pearl inlaid
  • Metal plate designates Anniversary model
  • Body:
  • 16" side, 2-1/2" deep
  • Laminated maple construction
  • Open-bound, thin-style F-holes
  • Multiple binding
  • Single cutaway
  • Electronics:
  • Dual high-sensitivity Filter'Tron adjustable pickups
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone selector switch
  • Volume control for each pickup
  • Master volume control
  • Other features:
  • Chrome-plated metal parts
  • Solid brass control knobs, chromeplated
  • Deluxe high gear ratio enclosed machines
  • Original space control roller bridge
  • Gretsch "G" tailpiece
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Gretsch GuitarsG6118 Anniversary
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

6118TJR - A great Gretsch!

By rockinstephen

from So. ME/Central FL

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

My guitar is Cadillac green. The "T" stands for tremelo(Bigsby)while the "JR" indicates a smaller body size - 14" instead of 16". I was considering an Electromatic which is a fine guitar for the $$$. Then I tried out this one and that was it!Made in Japan, it was totally superior in every way. Cosmetically, this guitar is perfect with unsurpassed workmanship. It just screams quality all over. The smaller size makes it very comfortable to play while sitting. I was a bit leary about the open back tuners, but they haven't been a problem. The guitar stays in tune with moderate Bigsby use. The roller bridge is a relic from the past and prevents perfect intonation adjustment, but again, this hasen't been a problem. The bridge & tuners can be easily replaced, but I haven't found it necessary. The action is nice and low. I use flatwound strings for a nice mellow tone. I do wish that the F holes were bound, but this is a reissue instrument that remains historically correct. To sum it up, this is as fine an instrument as any I have ever played. If your playing style includes Blues, Jazz, Roots, or Rockabilly, you owe it to yourself to make your next guitar a Gretsch!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That Gretsch Feel!

By Guitar Man-ocIUN

from Deep South

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I know, it should be "That Gretsch Sound", but you do not have to play this guitar to know, that it is amazing - just touch it's neck and it will tell you "I am good!" The quality is outstanding - before I bought it, I subjected the guitar to detailed inspection, could not find a single flaw. I have the Anniversary with a bigsby, which trully adds another dimension to the sound of this guitar. You will also appreciate main "tone" switch, which lets you choose (except the pick up selector) the lower, middle or high roll-offs. To play this guitar, you must be very gentle though - push your fingers hard on the strings and the tune will be higher and you can make sound pitchy all over the place. It would take too long to describe all the sounds you can get out of this guitar, so just let me tell you, that you can play Chet Atkins finger style with "clean" amp, or rip metal solos, and anything in between on this guitar. The color is also much more impresive in real life than on picture. Overall beauty is accented with two-tone green and if you are like me, you will display this guitar in your living room for averybody to admire - and everybody will! We have 10 guitars at home, Fenders, Gibson, Epiphone, antique Cremona and Jolana, but if the house is on fire, I grab this Gretsch in one hand, my father's guitar in second, and run for safety. Than I'll come back for a wife.(Just kiding; I love you, honey!)

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As smooth as a cadillac

By Grievous Angel

from Norman, OK

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I got this guitar for 2 years, and it completely changed the way I play. The action is so fast, and it does practically play itself. The only problem I have with it is the other pick-up switch. I play it through a Fender custom vibrolux, and it sounds incredible. It is well worth its price. I wouldn't trade it for any other electric.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loved my Gretsch Anniversary, still love the Blues

By Haggis-BDcsR

from Minnesota

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I owned and played a Gretsch Anniversary model for several years (in the early '70's)before letting it slip away, now I play a Gibson Les Paul, a Rickenbacker 330, and an American made Fender Stratocaster; all great guitars. I would easily trade them all to have my old beatup Gretsch again; no guitar before or since has ever played so well, or sounded so sweet. By the by, I gave the old Gretsch to a fellow guitar player who had crippled his playing hand; he could play the Gretsch though.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Expectations

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I had always coveted these guitars as my holy grail, and to be honest, it was largely due to their looks, they're really pretty guitars! However, I borrowed one of these from a freind for a gig (I play garage rock-ish kind of stuff), ans it was just a bit dissapointing. The look, feel and make of it were immaculate, it was a really well built guitar, but the tone... I just couldn't work with it. Maybe it's because I'm so used to the tone of my Fender Jazzmaster - an very different sounding guitar - but I couldn't find any sort middle ground between clean and super distorted that didn't sound honky and lifeless.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That Great Gretsch Sound!

By Phil Tertrons

from Red Bank, NJ

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Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

If this review was only about tone I would give a 10 without hesitation. It sounds really good through all 4 tube amps I own. It has some of the best blues tone I have ever heard! The tone circuit is very clever/different so it helps to go to the Gretsch website and familiarize yourself with exactly how it works. The craftsmanship is excellent. The negatives are as follows: 1) You run out of fret access very quickly beyond the 17th fret. Even the 1st position minor pentatonic at the 12th fret is tight so the 2nd position (Albert King Box) is very tight in E (I have big hands). 2)For the money they charge the tuners could be more stable. 3)At stage volume you will need to keep flesh on the strings to control/prevent feedback. That being said, the controlled feedback is excellent!! All in all it is one one of the very best sounding guitars I have ever owned or played. I could not have it as my only guitar due to the limited upper fret access but if you already have a Strat,Tele,LP,ES335,PRS or some combination thereof it would be a highly recommended addition to your arsenal. It is a lot to pay for a guitar made in Japan so my score of 8 on value is high praise!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite axe.

By Thunder Head

from Eau Claire, WI

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I wish they came with a fixed bridge, but then you wouldn't have any way to intonate it. You need to be carefull while playing not to get too aggressive and hit the bridge, because it will move. Overall, it's playability and sound with an old Bassman amp is unmatched, not to mention it is the coolest color I've ever seen. It is my favorite guitar.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

depends a lot on the year

By Mannloon

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

I have owned a 6118 for a few years now. I have one of the mid 90's ones, and I don't like playing most other guitars because I have my Gretsch. I've talked with lots of other musicians and guitar shop guys about it, and it really seems to depend on where and when it was made as to the quality of it. As long as Fender isn't making these in their mexican Squire factories, they're probably excellent. The Gretsch family is still involved so the new professional series are probably well made. Although I think I heard they were making the electromatic series in Korea.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Masterpiece!

By Johnny66

from Oregon

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

It has the exact same body than 6120 model has. It's just painted in different colour and does not have Bigsby tremolo by default (can be installed later)

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

How to fix it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G6118 Anniversary:

Space roller bridge, Lock-Tite thread locker, or put a good bridge and base on the guitar. Remove the junk tuners it came with, put on a good set of tuners. I have fixed my 6117 and its great! I dont believe you can buy a great guitar like this for less money. The reason you have to "fix" the guitar is because they made it like the original. If you bought a 1958 Lincoln, you would most likely have to fix something. This is a top-notch guitar.

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