Currently offered for sale, at £2890, is a used and all original, Gretsch Super Chet G7690 from 1976 complete with its original case – Walnut finish – Condition wise and it is a clean example, with little issues that would deter many prospective buyers – Wear is more on the lighter side of life, especially when you take into account it is now well over 40 years old – No nasty nicks, grazes or dints that are a distraction – Some lacquer checking, but mainly grazes, rather than dings, to the gloss finish – No fret issues – It has been on my bench to have the frets polished – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 11-49 gauge strings and a sensible/light action
Like Fender and Gibson, Gretsch went through the buy out procedure in the 60’s, to a bunch of pen pushing bean counter accountants and as such many aspects of the original heritage and quality disappeared – Yet somehow the Gretsch Super Chet exceeded the rule and holds a credible reputation within the Gretsch world, even though it is somewhat of an unusual rare bird – It is generally accepted that much of the design work was spec’d and commissioned by Chet Atkins himself – In part to deliver a jazz country based guitar, that matched that of earlier Gibson and Epiphone models – Also take into account that Gretsch had to pull out all the stops to retain their world number one endorse, as he was disillusioned with the quality control of Gretsch Guitars in the Baldwin era – So it was very much the last throw of the dice for Gretsch – If any guitar could ever be priced on its lavish trimmings alone, then surely a Super Chet would sit fairly high on the price register – With the likes of the glitzy Penguin and White Falcon already under its belt, Gretsch could never be accused of running scarred when it comes to such issues – It has obvious appeal to the solo jazz or country based player, yet today such guitars work well in the rock a billy environment, as well as attracting interest to Pop and Indie based players, who require a cool looking guitar, with clean sounding attributes that will crunch up nicely if required
Finally, various spec and features includes :-
- 17″ maple hollow body
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 12oz
- Black + white Gretsch Guitars internal label
- Maple neck with 18th fret body/neck join
- Slim C neck profile that reveals little in the way of taper from the top nut end to the 12th fret – .852″ to ‘859″
- 22 fret ebony fingerboard that is dripping with abalone lavish inlays
- Zero fret
- 24.5″ scale length
- Matching abalone headstock trimmings, that is again repeated with a similar character on the wooden insert of the trapeze tailpiece
- Black top Filtertron pick-ups controlled with 3 way selector switch – Master volume pot + individual volume and tone controls are mounted on the side of the pick guard, to roll to ‘n’ fro as required
- Multiple binding on both the body, fingerboard and headstock
- Schaller tuners
- All gold plated hardware
- Fully adjustable bridge, so it will allow you to choose a plain or wound 3rd string
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