So i've owned my Super Chet 6 weeks

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Beardog, May 2, 2018.

  1. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    The stigma of various eras usually is exaggerated. My all time favorite Gibson is a Norlin era Les Paul. I've seen some CBS Fenders which were excellent and the one Baldwin era Gretsch I owned was pretty decent, although it developed neck problems, which are not necessarily a Baldwin era issue. Few of us live down to our stereotypes. :)
     
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  2. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

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    Very cool Chet!!!!!!!
     
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  3. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

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    Thanks
     
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  4. Londonbus

    Londonbus Gretschie

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    I second all of this. The best Gibson I ever owned was a Norlin... a 1976 ES-175T (A thinline ES175). That was as close to a perfect sounding hollowbody as I have ever played. And if my friend ever decides to part with his late 70s Stratocaster I will bend over backwards to try to get that guitar from him. It's magical.

    That Super Chet is killer BTW.
     
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  5. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

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    Couldn't agree more. Most of the criticism of the Baldwin era seems leveled at the BST-1000 type guitars - so "un-Gretsch" they might as well say Yamaha on the headstock.

    But you gotta remember this: At that time, big ol’ hollowbodies weren’t selling. Gretsch was tanking pretty bad. Baldwin was making the effort to make Gretsch relevant again to a rock crowd used to Les Pauls and Strats. Obviously, they weren’t too successful, but it’s not like the entire Baldwin era sucked. There were some fine guitars amid the rubble.

    Btw, I’ve got a Superaxe - great guitar, love the neck, but even I’ll admit: it’s an oddball for sure. DiMarzios just aren’t Filtertrons! It’s got a tone that’s worlds removed from classic Gretsch.
     
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  6. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

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    Some good points there. In the late seventies, a Les Paul with high output humbuckers was the hot ticket. Coil taps and other electrical wizardry was the direction of things. Alembics were highly revered, but way beyond the reach of most players. The BST guitars were a workingman’s Alembic, straight through neck and all. The BST was Gretsch responding to the market of that day.

    Forty years ago, virtually no one was interested in Gretsch’ traditional product line of archtops and Chet’s name wasn’t likely to be familiar to most young guitar buyers. An 18 year old back then wouldn’t be caught dead with a Country Gent. Gretsch was just not relevant to most buyers, and especially the youth market. When I first saw the BST, I wanted one. These days I’ll leave the weight of that instrument to someone else, but at that time, it was a very good, desirable design. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to reverse Gretsch’ downward slide.
     
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  7. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

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    So is she a 1975 or 76?
     
  8. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Wait till you're my age young man!:(


    Love that guitar, Beardog. It is so "Gretschy cool"... yet so uniquely different. Enjoy!
     
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  9. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

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    It's a 75'
     
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  10. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

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    Thanks, loving it more the longer i have it.
     
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  11. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

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    Sweet ax!
     
  12. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

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    Thanks, you are gonna love yours. Great sounding and playing guitars.
     
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  13. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

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    Thanks, I can't wait!
     
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  14. Looks familiar!!!
    I have a 73 #83 built... My father purchased it new in 73, and when He passed, I acquired it....
    He kept everything with this guitar!!! Polish cloth, Original leather strap, O.K. Card that hung from the tuner peg.... EVERYTHING!
    Did you get the awesome hard-case with yours??
    Anyhow... Great guitar!
    Here's mine..
     

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  15. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

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    Alabama
    Those Supers are badass...I'm jelly!
     
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  16. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

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    Yep case came with it, they are great guitars
     
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  17. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

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    Wow, very nice indeed!
     
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  18. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

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    Pretty sweet! Figured I’d chime in about the Baldwin discussion above. I’ve now had a Baldwin era Country Gent for almost a month now, and I have to say it is my favorite guitar I have ever owned. It’s April of ‘69, so they were still in Brooklyn (correct me if I’m wrong) but definitly Baldwin. It does have the binding issues, but other than that it is a very very nice guitar. I wouldn’t be afraid to get another Baldwin era Gretsch that is for sure.

    To both of you who posted about your Super Chet’s, congrats! Those are both very fine guitars!
     
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  19. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Gretschie

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    The controls are two volume and two tone controls, I gather? What order are they in?

    I played one in a music store in Tucson, AZ when they were new. It was a beautiful guitar, just more then I could afford. Thanks for sharing, SC owners!