Vintage Gretsch Guitars

it was a Gent

1

Well it's Wikipedia, but FWIW it states that it was a Gent on Hermit's "Mrs. Brown" big hit

"Hopwood recalls playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar in the studio, with its strings muted to create the distinctive sound. When playing the song live, Hopwood often used a Rickenbacker guitar with a rag tied around the bridge to duplicate the sound, which can be seen clearly in old performance clips."

2

Well if you read it on the internet it must be true. I’d like to think so here.

3

If a fellow was talking politely to a middle-aged mum (probably near a lamppost on the corner of the street), complimenting her daughter, waxing philosophical about a breakup, and asking her to spare the lass any distress over his heartbreak...

he's clearly a gent, no?

4

The only problem I had with the mutes on my brand-new '63 Gent was they raised the pitch just enough to be unusable. I suppose if you detuned just that much you could cover "Mrs. Brown", but it seemed something of a bother-- especially since digital tuners lay decades futureward. So I never used the mutes and they've crumbled away long ago. My band played that tune for a couple of months, but I probably just stuffed a bar napkin by the bridge and trusted to luck!

5

There's that time Vic Flick came into Rick's Pawn Shop. I love seeing stuff like this;

6

Don't forget, y'all, that a muted Gent was also used on the Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats"

7

Vic Flick did a lot of sessions back in the 50’s through the 2000’s..He kept a detailed log of what he played on. I have no doubt that he used a Strat on that track!


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