Country gent question

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by dallasblues, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. dallasblues

    dallasblues Gretschie

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    Can anyone tell me what the white plastic panel, beneath the leather pad, on the rear of a Country Gentleman is for?
     
  2. G5422T

    G5422T Gretschie

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    May 24, 2012
    usa
    To cover the hole and give a little stability to the pad.
     
  3. dallasblues

    dallasblues Gretschie

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    Ahhh... That makes sense. So, it's easier to access the pickups, wiring and such than say a Gibson type archtop?
     
  4. G5422T

    G5422T Gretschie

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    Yup, started in the 60's to save on assembly cost. Cheaper to cut a hole, install parts quicker, and then cover it up with the plastic and pad.

    Some earlier "Electrotone" style bodies had no holes/plastic and pads, and I'm betting workers hated building those. A real PITA doing all parts assembly though the PUP holes.

    I'm thinking that the addition of the "mutes" pushed the design for the cutout/plastic/pad, as they were mechanical and just couldn't be done easily, if at all, through the PUP holes.
     
  5. Michiel

    Michiel Friend of Fred

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    That hole is there to install and access the mute lever system.
    I guess they don't go well through the f-holes.

    I don't think it's there for installing the electronics, or all gretsches would have the backpad.;)
     
  6. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Correct... the mute apparatus is the reason for the trap door in the back. I have a '62 6120 that was custom ordered without the mute system. It has a back pad, but lacks the trap door and associated cover.
     
  7. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Yes, the pre-mute Gents, and all Tennesseans, for that matter, are a nightmare to work on. You wouldn't think that the F-holes would make that much of a difference, but they really do. With nothing but the pickup holes to work with, they're quite a challenge.