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County gentleman. Gibson or Gretsch ??

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by musicman100, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Age:
    37
    Aug 15, 2008
    england
    CB995110-FB32-4DD3-868D-6554EA5F335C.jpeg B7BCDF64-047F-4DBE-B99A-1CD4D0D14798.jpeg I have a long on going friendly dispute with my father regarding which is the best/preferred country gent.

    Gretsch or Gibson
    Obviously both different animals and lovely in their own way.
    My dad can’t see past Gretsch when it comes to the country gentlemen and thinks every country gent should be a Gretsch. Obviously there’s the heritage factor that Chet had with Gretsch gents from his early records and my dad can only associate Chet with Gretsch For that reason but
    I on the other hand love the Gibson county gentleman the feel and the look


    What’s your thoughts?
     
  2. radd

    radd Gretschie

    336
    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I’ll take both, thank you
     
  3. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Me too! They are both great guitars - different but equally awesome.
     
  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The Gretsch is the original. Gibson uses the Gretsch control layout as opposed to the usual Gibson layout, plus the Bigsby with the bent handle from the original. After Chet’s death the family came back to Gretsch.

    Game. Set. Match.
     
  5. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    Age:
    74
    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    I wonder what Chet would pick?

    Well, ---- You all know he has Picked them both and very well at that!
     
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  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Plus George Harrison played the Gretsch.

    Wins with an ace!
     
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  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    I looked into buying a Gibson Gent, back in the nineties, but could never get the sound I wanted from it. Paul Yandell ended up using something besides Gibson pickups, perhaps Filters, which were under Gibson covers.

    Where I’m concerned, the single-cut Gretsch Gent is the best sounding.
     
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  8. MrMajstyk

    MrMajstyk Electromatic

    79
    Dec 3, 2011
    los angeles
    Gretsch! If you want that Gretsch sound. I had a 60’s Country Gent back in the day. Great sound and easy to play. Didn’t use the mutes (worthless in my opinion), mud switch was just that, MUD, and didn’t care for the snap-on belly pad on the back, but everything else was cool. I played a Gibby Gent, and although I appreciated it as a fine guitar, it wasn’t a Country Gentleman in the strictest sense of the word, IMO.
     
  9. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    52
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Both are legitimate Chet models. It is a matter of personal preference.
    I would pick the Gretsch.
     
  10. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    65
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Lots of years ago I almost bought a Gibson Gent. It was an exceptionally nice guitar IMHO. I couldn't justify the cost at the time and had a difficult time getting my head around a Country Gent being a Gibson. When Chet passed was he not a Gibson Artist? (Not that it matters)
     
  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I can't get past the red square fret markers and the speed knob master volume.

    I'm fairly sure this wouldn't exist if Gretsch/Baldwin hadn't gone under.
     
  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    47
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I've never played a Gibson Country Gent,there was a used one in orange in one of my locals several years ago, but i didn't get a chance to play it before it sold.

    So on that note ,i would choose a single cut Gretsch Country Gent.

    The Gibson is a lovely looking geet though and i would like to try one some day.
     
  13. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    526
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I've owned both, and even a Gibson Tennesseean. I liked the Tennesseean second-best, after the Gretsch Gent, though the fold-out tuner cranks on the Gibbo were pretty cool.
     
  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Age:
    59
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    mmmmm , I didn't know Gibson made a Country Gentleman . It must be a lawsuit edition .
    Your dad's a smart man , just sayin'
     
  15. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Gretsch all the way. I've tried out the Gibson a few times. Beautiful, of course, but I just can't stand Gibson 'buckers.
     
  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    Amen!
     
  17. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Age:
    37
    Aug 15, 2008
    england
    I find the Tennesseean to cheap feeling
     
  18. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Age:
    37
    Aug 15, 2008
    england
    No he’s just old
     
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  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    The Gibson Tenny was an ES-335 body with a single cutaway. I don’t think that they sold all that well.
     
  20. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Kenny Vaughan on a Gibson