A Chet Atkins Epiphone ?

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  1. Gr8guns

    Gr8guns Electromatic

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    I bought, back in the day, an orange Epiphone Chet Atkins with wire handle Bigsby, complete with Signature Truss Rod Cover. It is a Gretsch style guitar with the Gibson Crown inlay in the headstock. The serial number indicates it was built in Japan by Terada. I know y’all know, so I gotta ask......who makes The Gretsch Electromatics made in Korea ? Does anyone here know what Chinese factory makes Electromatics ?
     
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  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Sorry, I don't know but is this it?

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  3. michelb

    michelb Gretschie

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    Chet Atkins played with Gibson for a period afaik so they have a Chet Atkins Signature edition, my guess is there also making a "cheaper" one in there affordable Epiphone range?
    I could be wrong, but it kinda makes sense.
     
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Since the Epiphone Elitist Chet Atkins Country Deluxe was Terada made, I wouldn’t put it past them to be more Gretsch otentic, than the Gibson version. :)
     
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    And, they're still trying..... Screenshot_2020-06-02-02-07-31-1.png
     

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  6. Gibbsy

    Gibbsy Gretschie

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  7. Gibbsy

    Gibbsy Gretschie

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    https://samick.fandom.com/wiki/Gretsch
     
  8. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

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    Didn't chet say something about the 'weird pickups' of Gretsch when he went to Gibson?
     
  9. Les Pedals

    Les Pedals Gretschie

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  10. nasonm

    nasonm Gretschie

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    Yeah, Epi made a Country Gent II but I love the look of the Country Deluxe, which is an Epi Elite version of the Gibson Country Gent design. If I could find a good deal on an Epi Country Deluxe or Gibson Country Gent, I'd nab it to add to my Chet Atkins guitar stable.
     
  11. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

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    kinda glad i didn’t know about these back in the day. i’d have needed that black one.
     
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Didn't Epi have a Chet slimline nylon string?

    Or was that a dream?
     
  13. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

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    Yes, Epi had steel and nylon versions of a solid body acoustic. I've found them to be heavy and dull as a rule, but YMMV.

    They currently offer a smaller bodied, non-signature version called a 'coupe.'


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  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

    That would be odd, since he was the original advocate for the FilterTron and a champion of Ray Butts.
     
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  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    So it wasn't an hallucination! Thanks!
    Heavy and dull, eh? Sounds like they're meant to be played thru an amp only.
     
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  16. Gr8guns

    Gr8guns Electromatic

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  17. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

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    As I understand it, he wasn’t in love with the Gibson humbucker, which by design has a less focused sound than the Filtertron, by virtue of wider bobbin spacing.

    Chet wasn’t about to publicly criticize the company he agreed to endorse; he had too much integrity for that, but he allegedly was not all that impressed with Gibson’s ‘buckers.

    About the time he became a Gibson endorser, he also changed his music. He was moving towards a mix of Fusion Jazz and Country. The sound of his Gibson Gent worked fairly well for what he was doing.
     
  18. michelb

    michelb Gretschie

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    Right, Epiphone used to be a brand on it's own before Gibson degraded it.
     
  19. Gibbsy

    Gibbsy Gretschie

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    This guy seems to get a pretty good authentic tone from his, and be sure to watch the lick demos at the end.
     
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  20. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
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    Gibson made some fine Epiphones, ever hear of a Casino? How bout a Sheraton? Crestwood? Riviera?:eek:
     
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