March 22nd, 2009, 12:15 AM
I purchased a Country Gentleman used in 1967. According to the serial number 44691 and based on the pages at [url]www.gretschpages.com/serial-numbers it was built in 1961. It is double cutaway with stairstep Grover tuning keys. The anomalies I'm faced with according to Gretsch homepages are the double cutaway with those tuning keys was built in 1962. Close enough but mine has knobs for the double mutes rather than levers per Gretsch pages. Also the pickup selector is reversed from the tech pages description at Gretsch. Could have been done by the previous owner. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.
March 22nd, 2009, 04:46 PM
Your guitar is one of the first type with mutes.
It has a dail up mute system instead of the flip up system.
Got any pics ?
March 22nd, 2009, 09:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I'm still struggling with finding my way around this site. I have one picture posted in the photo album section. Somehow I managed to post it twice. If there is a way to put that photo in here I am unaware of it. If you view the guitar you might notice the pickup guard is missing. I removed it because my nails frequently click on it. Also the low E string had a problem with the tuning key and I was unable to find a replacement at the time so I replaced it with a different Grover. No way to know about the reversal of the pick up selector. Don't know why Gretsch decided to reverse those in later models.
March 22nd, 2009, 09:29 PM
Click on post reply,type what ever(if you want to), scroll down to manage attachment,click, another screen will pop up, click browes,find your pictur, click upload. When the picture is up loaded close the window. click on submit reply. It's that easy!
March 23rd, 2009, 04:16 PM
That's a great looking old Gent Fingerstylin.
I know what ya mean about your nails frequently clicking the pickguard ,i have the same problem with my 57 6120.
March 23rd, 2009, 05:14 PM
Following Jukebox' direction here to post a pic. Thanks for the help. And thanks to JC for commenting on my guitar. I'm including an older pic where the pick guard is still on it.
March 23rd, 2009, 05:19 PM
That is SWEET! Thank you for the pictures!
March 23rd, 2009, 10:15 PM
Very nice Gent!
January 27th, 2010, 08:31 PM
WOW! It looks great.
January 27th, 2010, 09:34 PM
Love the Gent!
Blackrider may be able to help with an original tuner if it bothers you.
January 27th, 2010, 11:28 PM
That is something special.
December 15th, 2010, 03:00 PM
The "stair step" tuners are called Imperial Tuners. The Grover machines came with either those or a kidney bean shaped tuner knob. It was very common (and still is) for people to put the Imperial knobs onto their Grover machine heads, because they give you a bigger key to hold onto and are more precise to tune with, AND back then most of the top of the line guitars that used Grovers had the Imperial knobs on them. It is a fast way to make a good guitar look a lot like a mucho expensive guitar.
December 15th, 2010, 03:57 PM
Wow...that is a gorgeous Gent...looks in perfect condition.
January 2nd, 2011, 04:15 PM
Absolutly great looking Gent. Enjoy it.
January 3rd, 2011, 07:11 PM
What a beauty! and she's in incredible condition for her age!