Own a Legend - Own a Gretsch!The Broadkaster hollow body electric bass is modeled after several successful Gretsch basses of the 1960's for bassists who demand instruments to match the sound and quality of the Gretsch electric guitars.
Gretsch G6119B Broadkaster Bass at a Glance:
- Extremely fast, responsive neck.
- Single cutaway hollow body, based on the Tennessee Rose.
- 2 bass Filtertron pickps.
Styled after the Tennessee Rose, the Broadkaster has two FilterTron bass series pickups and full round tone that comes from a hollow body instrument. With an extremely fast, responsive neck, this bass is a favorite among discriminating bassists.
The History of the 6119 Tennesse Rose
The Tennessean debuted in 1958 as, essentially, a one-pickup, stripped-down 6120. While it lacked much of the ornamentation of the 6120, it did have genuine f-holes, a Bigsby B-6 whammy bar, one FilterTron (in the bridge position) and the 6120-like orange finish. A black pickguard with white signpost set the 6119 apart. Switchgear consisted of one volume knob and one tone switch.
1959 brought a zero fret, in common with other Chet Atkins models, but it was the 1962 models that really changed the 6119. While it remained a single-cutaway, it now had a much thinner (1 7/8) body and painted-on f-holes. It was now more often than not, a darker cherry red or mahogany color, and rosewood replaced ebony on the neck. Two HiLoTron pickups replaced the single FilterTron and the circuitry was all new, too. The pickguard was replaced with the familiar silver type. In this configuration it became Gretsch's best seller through the '60s, and found some fame through George Harrison, who used one occasionally. Few changes were made, although metal headstock plates began to appear in 1964, and recessed edge aluminum knobs turned up beginning in 1967.
The Basis of the Bass
In the '90s, Gretsch re-introduced the 6119 as the Tennessee Rose. Two models were offered, both with twin FilterTrons. The base 6119 had a tone knob and tune-o-matic bridge, while the 6119-62 1962 reissue used a bar bridge and tone switch.
Gretsch G6119B Broadkaster Bass Features:
- Colors: Walnut Stain
- Body Style: Single cutaway hollow body bass.
- Sale Length: 30.3" (770mm).
- Top: Arched laminated Maple.
- Back and Sides: Laminated Maple body, 16" wide, 2.5" deep.
- Neck: 3-piece Maple.
- Pickups: 2 bass FilterTronTM pickups
- Pickup Switching: 3-position toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup.
- Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Volume, Master Tone.
- Width at Nut: 1-11/16" (43mm).
- Fretboard: Rosewood, 12" Radius (305mm).
- Bridge: Tweakable 4-Saddle Bridge.
- Tailpiece: Gretsch G-cutout tailpiece.
- Hardware: Chrome-Plated.
- Finish: Gloss urethane.
- Case: Includes G6248 deluxe hard case
- No of Frets: 22.
- Machine Heads: Deluxe Chrome-Plated Die-cast Tuners.
- Neo Classic "Thumbnail" Inlay Position Markers.
- Black Headstock Overlay.
- Bound Fretboard.
- Multiple Body Bindings.
- Oversized Bound F-Holes.
- Silver Plexi Pickguard.
- Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs.
- Fully fully adjustable Truss Rod.