1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 7670

Hollow-bodied electric guitar

Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman description

1971 Country Gent | 1976 Country Gent

1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - front view
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - rear view
Model: 1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Body: Maple top back and sides, 17" body width with a depth of 1 7/8". Mahogany Grain finish.
Neck: Two-piece set maple neck with bound ebony fingerboard. Inlaid Gretsch logo. 22 frets, plus zero fret, "Neoclassic" fretboard markers. Bone nut.
Scale: 24 1/4"
Hardware: Bigsby B-6 vibrato with, Grover machine heads. Gold-plated throughout.
Pickups: Dual FilterTron

The Chet Atkins Country Gent saw a lot of changes over the course of it's production, though this is a typical mid seventies guitar.

The pickups are 70s Filter'Trons, neck and bridge. It has real f-holes. Compare this guitar to earlier versions with painted f-holes (eg 1971 Country Gent), an adjustamatic bridge and V-cutout Bigsby B-6 tailpiece. Other changes from the earlier versions include the removal of the muffler (string mute) that would have been situated between the bridge and bridge pickup, and the lack of model designation plate on the headstock. Binding is now three-ply (not four, as was previously the case) cream/black/cream.

This guitar is in translucent Mahogany Grain finish. All hardware is gold-plated.

1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - body detail
Front body view: gold on Mahogany Grain.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - reverse body detail
The reverse of this guitar has no back-pad that the earlier examples were fitted with. Compare with a 1971 Country Gent.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - scratchplate detail
Scratchplate detail with Chet Atkins signature and 'Country Gentleman' model designation. Note also the gold master volume control in the top right of this image.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - bridge and bridge pickup detail
Bridge, and bridge pickup detail. Adjustamatic bridge, 1970s Filter'Tron pickup.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - Bigsby tailpiece detail
This Country Gent is fitted with a gold-plated, V-cutout B-6 Bigsby tailpiece. Note the wear on the gold-plating. Gold-plated hardware is far less durable than chrome or nickel.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - bound f holes
In 1972, the Country Gent changed from simulated to real f-holes, bound in cream. Note the Gretsch label within the body cavity.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - headstock detail
Close up of the headstock, including inlaid pearl Gretsch logo. Notice the extreme weather checking on this guitar
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - reverse headstock detail
A close up view of the back of the headstock, with gold-plate Grover machine heads. The two pieces of maple that make up this neck are clearly visible. The reverse headstock no longer holds the guitars serial number.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - tuning key detail
Gold-plated closed-gear Grover machine heads.
1976 Chet Atkins Gretsch Country Gentleman - switch detail
This guitar is bound front and back, with three-ply binding, cream/black/cream.

Images courtesy of justgreatguitars.com

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Fergus Gibson Comment left 25th May 2014 06:06:33 reply
I have a Gretsch Country Gentleman No F612211 given to me by Chet Atkins in 1973 can you please give me a valuation on this guitar. I need to get a valuation for Insurance purposes.