So, tell me about this guitar...

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  1. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    .....the Super Chet. Anyone got one?

     
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  2. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    This is the other "G"-brand's Chet Atkins Country Gentleman. The Gretsch Super Chet is a different beast.
     
  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Yes, this one is the Gibson signature model
     
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  4. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    I liked that but the version with Mark Knopfler is awesome
     
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  5. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

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    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Ahh...ok. was viewing this on the moby and never spotted that!
     
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  6. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN
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  7. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    222
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    So, it's Gibbo's version of the Country Gent? I guess this came about when Chet left Gretch. Why did he leave?
     
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  8. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    I don't know the details, but as things was getting tough for the gretsch's market share, they decided to stop paying the chet's fees, actually. So chet moved to Gibson but the new sound he got from them wasn't the "great Gretsch sound" we love.
     
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  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Also, bear in mind that by the time Chet left Gretsch, it wasn't much more than a smoldering dumpster fire. They were in the midst of a last ditch attempt to move production to Juarez, Mexico, but all that ever came of that were a relative handful of guitars cobbled together out of what appear to have been leftover parts from Arkansas. Chet has said he moved to Gibson because Gretsch went out of business, but I think more accurately, he left because Gretsch was going out of business. Can't blame him for leaving the shell of Gretsch. Once he was with Gibson, they had the groundbreaking nylon string solidbody electric (in which he could never get Gretsch interested) in full production within two years. Certainly the right move at the time.
     
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  10. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

    150
    Apr 2, 2017
    Tucson, Az
    I have both but highly mod'ed
    1976 Gretsch Super Chet
    1989 Gibson Country Gent
     

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  11. MichaelHargis

    MichaelHargis Gretschie

    150
    Apr 2, 2017
    Tucson, Az
    SPECS:
    1976 Gretsch 7690 Super Chet Guitar with Blacktop Filter’Tron in Autumn Red Finish
    The Gretsch 7690, One of the very few stunning guitars produced during Gretsch’s Baldwin-owned period, the Super Chet was Chet Atkins’ attempt at merging the
    best of his legacy electric Gretsch hollowbodies from the Fifties and Sixties with the archtop jazz guitar aesthetic he so admired in the other contemporary
    jazz guitarists of his era, namely Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, and Wes Montgomery.

    The 7690 Super Chet came in two finishes.. a wine/autumn red stain, and walnut.
    Its rounded cutaway, maple hollow body with white-bound f-holes, 17" lower bout, 2-piece maple neck with a center stripe joining the body at the 18th fret
    featured a stunning cream-b-w-b-w double-bound body, with cream-b-c-b-w-bound headstock and b-c-b-c-b-c-b side purfling.
    Ornate as they get with the abstract CA initial inlay on the head stock (chet atkins)
    This 7690 features Gretsch's Blacktop Filtertron Pickups. From 1967 to 1985 A number of pickups of differing quality also began replacing the
    Filter’Tron altogether, such as the Blacktop Filter’Tron. The Blacktop pickups are very good sounding, and have "that great Gretsch Sound" kind of tone.

    The Gretsch Super Chet has great aesthetic respect right alongside other more ornamented Gibson and Epiphone archtops of its era.

    This instrument is in Very Good Condition for its age. There is finish cracking all over the guitar as well as some surface scratches and
    minimal dinging around the binding and ware through the clear coat on the back ans neck.
    ***
    What makes this guitar special: One of the few Baldwin-era Gretsch models that truly knocks it out of the park, these well-appointed Super Chets have
    a playability and characteristic sound unmatched by most of their contemporaries. This particular piece is in stellar condition, with zero binding rot,
    and ample life left in the frets. The slim maple neck is incredibly comfortable, and affords effortless maneuverability up and down the length of the beautiful
    dark rosewood fingerboard. Its been professionally setup by our expert in-house luthier, and will arrive ready to play out of the case.

    Cosmetic condition: Great shape for its age, with some standard playwear throughout. Various scratches, nicks, dings, scuffs, and light buckle rash,
    with some minor oxidation on the hardware. The original bridge and base have been swapped for a fixed Tune-O-Matic style bridge. The original is included
    in the case, but has been modified.

    Body: Hollow maple body with dual f-holes, top, middle, and bottom binding. Abalone inlaid trapeze tailpiece with fixed Tune-O-Matic
    style bridge on rosewood base, and Super Chet pickguard with built-in-electronics.

    Weight: 8 lb, 6.1 oz

    Neck: Slim maple neck with black side dots and mother-of-pearl fleur de lis inlays. Double bound ebony fingerboard is in marvelous shape, and frets show almost
    no visible wear at all, with a ton of use left in them. Bound headstock with abalone inlaid Gretsch logo and blossoming flower. Gold Grover tuners with butterbean
    tuning buttons function perfectly. Neck is straight and plays like absolute butter up and down the length of the fingerboard.

    Case: Original Gretsch hard shell case included.
    ***
    Top Wood: Maple
    Back Wood: Maple
    Scale: 25 1/2"
    Nut Width: 1 77"
    Weight : 9.0 Lbs
    Neck Wood: Maple
    Fretboard: Ebony
    Bracing: Tressle
    Headstock Overlay: Black
    Headstock Inlay: Gretsch Logo
    Tuners: Gold Schaller
    Inlays: Abalone Tulip & CA (Chet Atkins initials)
    Purfling: B-W-B-W
    Body Binding: Ivoroid
    Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
    Headstock Binding: I
    Pickguard: Black with Gold Logo and Controls
    Nut Material: Bone
    Saddle Spacing: 2"
    Neck Profile: Slim C
    Pickup(s): Baldwin Era Blactop Filter’Trons

    9-6039=July 1976 39th built
    Moddified by Hot Rod Hargis 10/10/18

    Mud Switch;
    Reversed Contact 3 way Toggle, north toggle .047 Audio Capacitor
    south toggle .022 Audio Capacitor
    Middle, switch bypass.

    Varitone 6 position Rotary Switch, shortening,
    Position 1, .001 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 2, .01 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 3, .015 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 4, .022 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 5, .033 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 6, .047 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor

    Redundant ground wires.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1989 Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman w/OHSC Highly Moddified by Hot Rod Hargis
    Has wear on the gold plating.
    Has some checking , scratches and scuffs.Front & back.

    Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 1 3/4"

    Cosmetic Condition: Very Good, Various minor nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches & some finish wear with some buckle rash
    through the finish to the wood on the back.
    There's a professionally repaired headstock crack that is stable with no movement & does not affect playability or sound quality, original owners children
    said it was repaired by Gibson in Nashville, Nice job!

    Neck: Medium profile maple neck with ebony fingerboard. Red & white block fret markers starting at the 3rd fret (Rare).
    Frets show little wear and have plenty of life in them. Neck is straight & truss rod is in good working condition.

    Body: Semi-hollow maple body with single rounded cutaway. Multi-bound top & back. Tortoise pickguard with 5-ply binding. Guitar weighs 10.60 lbs.

    Materials: Maple laminate body; solid 3 piece maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; thumbprint fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay; 7 ply top binding,
    5 ply back binding, bound soundholes.

    Hardware: Original gold hardware includes Gibson Schaller 'Crank Winder' tuners with tulip keys, Gibson tuners are in perfect working condition.
    Tunematic roller bridge with inlaid ebony base with mother of pearl inlays.; Gibson 492R neck and 490T bridge humbucking pickups; 5 ply bound tortoise pickguard.

    Notes: Some three decades after Nashville superstar Chet Atkins debuted his original Country Gentleman model from the Gretsch company,
    he approached Gibson with some design refinements for a new version of the legendary model. The new instrument would be shallower in depth to
    make it easier to hold, have wider spaced pickups to facilitate fingerstyle play, and have a lighter weight body block to add sustain and curb feedback.
    A handily placed master volume knob, classic Bigsby, and generous 1 3/4" neck all ensured that the player had everything right at the fingertips.
    The result was the Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

    This striking guitar has been highly Moddified by Hot Rod Hargis, with 100% original gleaming cherry finish.
    Original gold hardware is in place, including Gibson's exclusive Shaller 'Crank Winder' tuners, each with a small lever that folds out from the tuning key
    to increase turning leverage, greatly increasing the speed of re-stringing. The neck has a gentle shallow D neck profile specified by Chet,
    and flawless action over excellent original medium jumbo frets.

    Case: Original deluxe Gibson arched plush Pink lined hardshell case.


    Moddified by Hot Rod Hargis 1/1/19
    Gold Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with custom Fixed Chet handle;

    Twin volume, master tone and master volume controls;
    Custom Made coin barrel knobs; 3 way p/u control switch.
    Mud Switch;
    Reversed Contact 3 way Toggle, north toggle .047 Audio Capacitor
    south toggle .022 Audio Capacitor
    Middle, switch bypass.

    Varitone 6 position Rotary Switch, shortening,
    Position 1, .001 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 2, .01 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 3, .015 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 4, .022 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 5, .033 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
    Position 6, .047 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor

    Redundant ground wires.
     
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  12. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    222
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Thanks for the detail.
     
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