Gretsch 6120 Jr?

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  1. Matt L

    Matt L Supporting Member

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    What's the story with these? Found one for $1499, and it's tempting me. I hear they're semi-rare. Do they sound good, or at least close to a fullsize one?
     
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    I have one and I like it alot. It has that Gretsch sound, just in a slightly smaller package. I've never compared it side by side to a 6120 so I can't comment on that. They were made in Japan and you don't see them everyday. I have no plans to sell mine.

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  3. TrainBridge

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    I have the Annie jr and Same deal as mainsale have not compared it to its full sized breathen. Love the small body it feels great to play. 1499 seems like a fair deal and like you said they are kind of rare and don't come up for sale that often.

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    Hey, guys, what's the Scale length on these jr's?
     
  5. macatt

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    Scale is the same as a regular 6120; 24.6.
    Great sounding and playing guitar. I'll never sell mine.

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    What a lovely guitar; the Smoke Green Anniversary was always my favourite Gretsch.
     
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    I tried one in a shop. It was really great. Would have bought it if I had the money!
     
  8. Flogger59

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    A friend has one, sounds like a Gretsch.
     
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    They are the most comfy Gretsch guitars that I have tried...

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    They play really well.

    A lot depends upon what you like. The 6120 jr is small - sort of ES-339 sized or almost like playing a Jet. If you're accustomed to a full-sized hollowbody, it will feel small.
    But if you mostly play solid body electrics, the 6120 jr can get you that Gretsch sound in a comfortable size.

    Quality and tone-wise, they are great.

    One thing to keep in mind is that these are pre-Fender, so the electronics are not the greatest. You may want to swap out switches on these.
     
  11. Kiwi

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    The 6120 Jr's are neat guitars. I played them side by side with a Setzer 6120 back in 2003 or so. I went with the Setzer for a lot of small reasons but the Jrs' sound was in the same ballpark as the fullsize 6120 of that era. The fullsize will have a deeper low E and more bass on the low strings from the bigger body. That's the main diff I recall.

    The 6120s (Jr and fullsize) from that pre-Fender era had ceramic FilterTrons if I recall correctly. Go check at The Gretsch Pages forum to be sure or maybe someone here can confirm. All of them had somewhat dodgy switches. But otherwise, the construction and finish on them were (and are) terrific, at the Terada facility in Japan.

    I think the Jr will have a little less acoustic bass on the low end but its smaller body size may be more comfortable or practical. Pre or post Fender, they all play extremely well and sound like they ought to.

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    Many of them are post-Fender....mine is.
     
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    I have a 6120 Jr-2 that is really awesome.

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    To me, there is no real downside to the Jr.
    TV Jones pups are a great upgrade too.
     
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    The quick difference between the Gretsch 6120jr2 and the Fender 6120jr, 6120jr2, is the tone control. The Gretsch has a tone knob next to the volume knobs, where as the Fender has a tone switch next to the 3-way pup switch, often referred to (and reviled) as a "mud" switch. I have the Gretsch version and it is perfect. Love it. Mine has TV Jones (powertrons??) and it rocks. Try playing Cinnamon Girl girl on this bad boy.....crunch and clarity. Nice combo.
     
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