My 1979 7670

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Norwegian6119, Nov 22, 2021.

  1. Norwegian6119

    Norwegian6119 Electromatic

    Aug 23, 2021
    Well, that escalated just as quick as I anticipated after falling in love with the 6119. So I sold a nice guitar and bought a 1979 Country Gentleman.

    First impressions; It is glorious! It's set up nicely with heavy strings, feels like at least 011 and the sound amplified is huge. It has also very resonant acoustics.

    The pickups are a bit low and I need new springs for them as they don't rise as high as I would like.

    Not sure I like the tension bar on the Bigsby, or the Atkins arm. I need to check the spring, but there is a lot of travel and very little wobble compared to my 6119. Maybe I don't use the vibrato arm properly, it is weird and can be positioned allover the place.

    The bridge has been doctored weird. Supposedly it rattled a lot so the PO had it flipped over and had new slots filed for the two lower light strings. Works, but looks off and the bridge posts are now threads and are uncomfortable.

    It has been played, but obviously cherished and cared for. Minimal buckle rash and two minor dings. Paint is very glossy. No binding issues. Case is structurally sound and has content. The interior also look like the dashboard of a van you don't want a ride in :)

    I like it :)

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  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Love it!
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  3. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Nice. I always loved the double cutaway Gent.
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  4. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Very nice, great condition for the age by the looks of the pictures.
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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats, looks nice!
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  6. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations, it is glorious!
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  7. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Beautiful! Love the green case interior. I have a couple of questions, though: What's the purpose of the piece of pickguard material at the neck joint? Do they all have it and I just never noticed? Just curious cuz I've never seen a Gent in person.
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  8. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations and enjoy it! That's in great shape.
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  9. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Remove that piece and there’s a hole where you can adjust the neck with a slotted tool or long needle pliers
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  10. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    That was the only thing I could think of that it could be for. Thanks for confirming that.
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  11. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on that beauty.
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  12. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    Feb 26, 2014

    Would those '70s Trons have Alnico or ceramic mags?
  13. Norwegian6119

    Norwegian6119 Electromatic

    Aug 23, 2021
    Standard pickups are ceramics, but the ones in mine have either been swapped way back or custom ordered when new. They measure around 4K which is typical of the older alnico magnets. Ceramics are about twice that.
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  14. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Beautiful Guitar, these are actually great playing guitars. A customer came in with one a few years back. It was untouched since new, including green corroded strings. From what I could tell, they were set up with high action, the pickups were sunk in due to broken/ corroded springs. That was an easy fix, and yes, the truss rod cover was in the back. The tremlo was squeaking due to dirt under the spring. One cleaned, it was fine. Be sure to put some nut lube on the nut and on the saddle rollers so they do not flat spot. Very nice guitar in many ways. The guitar I worked on had alnico pickups as well, I do not know if it came in that way, or was a common upgrade. Since the original owner said it was untouched, I assume that it came with alnicos or they were installed prior to his purchase.
  15. Gasee

    Gasee Gretschie

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Wales
  16. afire

    afire Country Gent

    There's really no conclusive evidence that Gretsch ever switched to using ceramic magnets exclusively on FilterTrons. The early "black top" FilterTrons (i.e., just FilterTrons, but with HiloTron covers) were in the 4K-5K range. It wasn't until the very late '70s that the 8k-ish FilterTrons showed up. I would have guessed that this guitar would have those. But, given the overall condition, I would suspect your guitar has the original pickups, probably among the last of the lower impedance FilterTrons.
  17. Wavey

    Wavey Gretschie

    Dec 31, 2016
    Congrats! I dig those big kidney bean tuning keys!
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