Access Oval Port on Back of 1964 White Falcon

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Luthier47, Sep 7, 2021.

  1. Luthier47

    Luthier47 Electromatic

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    Apr 22, 2021
    East coast USA
    So I have had the guitar since 1966 but never even knew the purpose of the oval port under the pad. Was it strictly for wiring or repairs?
     
  2. afire

    afire Country Gent

    While Gretsch referred to the "padded backs" as being "cushioned for comfort during those long sets," the real reason was for installing the mute system. You'll note that there were four models that got the access plate in 1962 - 6120, Country Gent, Country Club and Falcon. Those were the four models that had mutes, while models like the Tennessean and Anniversary, which did not get mutes, did not have an access plate. That said, Gretsch did occasionally use back pads on guitars without mutes over the years, but those typically lacked the access plate.
     
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