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 its 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.
Front body view: gold on Mahogany Grain.
The reverse of this guitar has no back-pad that the earlier examples were fitted with. Compare with a 1971 Country Gent
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.
Bridge, and bridge pickup detail. Adjustamatic bridge, 1970s Filter'Tron pickup.
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.
In 1972, the Country Gent changed from simulated to real f-holes, bound in cream. Note the Gretsch label within the body cavity.
Close up of the headstock, including inlaid pearl Gretsch logo. Notice the extreme weather checking on this guitar
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.
Gold-plated closed-gear Grover machine heads.
This guitar is bound front and back, with three-ply binding, cream/black/cream.
Images courtesy of justgreatguitars.com
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