Gretsch G6119B Broadkaster Bass 4-String Electric Bass (2023)

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Gretsch G6119B Broadkaster Bass 4-String Electric Bass (9)2002.alpha

A Gretsch has g.. And it sounds

Published on 21/08/22 at 19:07

Mine is from 2001, a US numbering (starts with a 6, 6119b, b for Broadkaster) but made in Japan when Gretsch no longer had a factory in the USA.
Broadkaster is the name of a battery at Gretsch (and the name that Leo Fender wanted to use for his first telecaster), the 6119 is also Chet Atkins on guitar.

The finish, = nothing to complain about, not a defect, superb aesthetically but also in the quality of the varnish and the fittings, not a bit of rust, and the varnish does not mark easily. The straplocks are to be screwed into the strap, to be twisted and replaced by a safer system to avoid the slightest accident.

The Micros. I have long found...

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Mine is from 2001, a US numbering (starts with a 6, 6119b, b for Broadkaster) but made in Japan when Gretsch no longer had a factory in the USA.
Broadkaster is the name of a battery at Gretsch (and the name that Leo Fender wanted to use for his first telecaster), the 6119 is also Chet Atkins on guitar.

The finish, = nothing to complain about, not a defect, superb aesthetically but also in the quality of the varnish and the fittings, not a bit of rust, and the varnish does not mark easily. The straplocks are to be screwed into the strap, to be twisted and replaced by a safer system to avoid the slightest accident.

The Micros. For a long time I found that they lacked power and boosted my preamp, which with hindsight is a mistake because I 'destroyed' their nuance. It is preferable to mount the amp, no buzz is double coils. They are good and provide 'mellowness' and the mids you expect from a half box, it's not the same as the Korean electromatics. Compared with the new models which are very good (I tried one in the store and got the guitar model on loan), I think it's the pickups that make the difference, the body and the neck are very similar (the differences are aesthetic = white biding on the 'holes' and 'dot' different on the fretboard) and varnish which seems a little brighter on mine. For the violin I did not see a difference.
The settings, ideally the serious microphone at the bottom, we cut the micro acute by 1/5, tone at the bottom and general volume at the bottom, there it sings. Last point, they are targeted in the box, not easy to adjust the height, add a wedge below to raise them, to lower them, it is the easel that will have to be raised.

The easel. There are 2 models, roller that I don't know and classic with the possibility of adjusting the intonation. The screws tend to loosen and vibrate, a little bit of screwdriver regularly to be expected. It is floating, it's not a problem, you just have to position it correctly when changing strings (tutorials on the internet), the same goes for the nut which is not glued.

It was my second bass until a year ago and used it little (in concert sometimes, because it really has a mouth, it weighs 3kg and is balanced, and .. The handle is a real treat, it is fine, in C, a highway, but also for recording in the studio because despite my rough playing, the strings do not click and it avoids having to reprocess the parasitic noises). In parallel I had a Gosia, a Rickenbacker, a precision .. Only good bass, and I had several times the temptation to sell it .. But as it is not really a known model, the proposals of prices or exchanges did not interest me. So I kept it.
A little over a year ago, following an exchange with another 'pro' owner, I really tackled the setting of my amp to make it sound (on bass I'm the 12 o'clock setting type, I adjust on my preamp pedal).. Result I found not the sound but the sounds, because it's really a versatile bass whose sound goes everywhere (I do a lot of covers of the goldman type, bashung, souchon ..), for more rock, I boost with a vintage microtube and it sounds on lucke, acdc, etc. ..

So it became my daily bass, we'll see if it lasts, but I think so.

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Gretsch G6119B Broadkaster Bass 4-String Electric Bass (10)Two Pages

Gretsch for the (less) rich

Published on 23/10/07 at 22:37

- Made in Japan.
- 22 fret.
- Micros FilterTron Humbucker
- 1 master volume, volume for each microphone, 3-position micro selector type "gibson lespaul" master tone.
- Fretboard rosewood 12" Radius.
- Vernis gloss urethane.
- Gretsh chrome mechanics.
- Magnificent finishes with binding everywhere
UTILISATION

- The handle is perfect neither too thin nor too wide, the finesse of a jazzbass and the holding of a precision.
- Access to acute without problem.
- Rather light, very good balance despite the body size which remains imposing.
- Yes the full range of sound offered is to be exploited

SOUNDS

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- Made in Japan.
- 22 fret.
- Micros FilterTron Humbucker
- 1 master volume, volume for each microphone, 3-position micro selector type "gibson lespaul" master tone.
- Fretboard rosewood 12" Radius.
- Vernis gloss urethane.
- Gretsh chrome mechanics.
- Magnificent finishes with binding everywhere
UTILISATION

- The handle is perfect neither too thin nor too wide, the finesse of a jazzbass and the holding of a precision.
- Access to acute without problem.
- Rather light, very good balance despite the body size which remains imposing.
- Yes the full range of sound offered is to be exploited

SOUNDS

- Haaa the sound ... wonderful, a palette of a richness that I no longer dared to hope for, a particular imprint due to the quality of the microphones and the body. Impressive bass without overdoing it all the same, fine midrange and crystalline highs, it's not a bass with infinite sustain, on the other hand.
What surprised me the most is the precision of the sound, nothing drools, everything is in place.
The placement of the fingers offers an additional dimension to the sound, as with each bass one will tell me, but this time in a very spectacular way.
A warm "woody" sound that will adapt more to jazz, R&B, blues and country standards.

- I play on aOrange AD200B.

- The master tone is not very effective

Without an amp, the bass is well reproduced.

OVERALL OPINION

- Since 2 months.
- I have and I had some basses from MM stingray, fender precision V deluxe, fender jazzbass, Dean acoustic, rickenbacker
- It is an instrument that is not given: 1700 euro, the quality of both material and sound is at the rendezvous.
- Yes ! I would do this choice, I particularly like the handle, the sound palette offered, the look.

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  • Maker :Gretsch
  • Model :G6119B Broadkaster Bass
  • Series :Bass
  • Category :4-String Electric Basses
  • Record created on:06/02/2012

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