Vintage Gretsch Guitars

7 String * Signature George Van Eps Model

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Hi All,

Other than my intro post this is my first. I've become interested in 7 string models of guitars, as a result of my viewing the work of father and son Pizzarelli. Dad got his motivation from GVE, and was a very early buyer of a Gretsch GVE 7.

I really would love to learn all the specifications. Wood used in body construction, solid/laminated? Width of nut? Is the neck thick/medium/thin from it's back to the surface of the fretboard? IS IT A WELL MADE INSTRUMENT OVERALL?

I thank you all in advance for whatever info you can provide! And Hello Again!

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Welcome to the pages. I've often wondered about those as well. I'm sure one of the resident experts will have a say soon enough!

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Have seen the younger Pizzarelli a few times. He mentioned the Van Eps model when he talks about the history of 7 string jazz guitars.

I would think the build quality of the Gretsch 7 string pretty much would mirror the overall picture of all the guitars at a given time, So it was a Baldwin era model all the way, it appears , starting in 1968. So much depends on storage and how well it was looked after

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welcome to the gdp!

there were a couple of different versions...from 1968 thru 1974

hardware went from gold to chrome...to smaller f -holes and slightly different body shape

17" wide body, 2-3/4 " deep, all maple laminate wth 14 polepiece fltertrons

cheers

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Since I've played 7-string guitars off and on for years, I'd love to have the Van Epps model, but they come up for sale only rarely, and at prices I can't afford. Oh well

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Hi All,

Other than my intro post this is my first. I've become interested in 7 string models of guitars, as a result of my viewing the work of father and son Pizzarelli. Dad got his motivation from GVE, and was a very early buyer of a Gretsch GVE 7.

I really would love to learn all the specifications. Wood used in body construction, solid/laminated? Width of nut? Is the neck thick/medium/thin from it's back to the surface of the fretboard? IS IT A WELL MADE INSTRUMENT OVERALL?

I thank you all in advance for whatever info you can provide! And Hello Again!

– AdvenJack

I'm not sure how serious you are, but I am aware of an opportunity to purchase a Gretsch Van Epps model husk, stripped of all it's hardware and wiring. If you're interested shoot me a note.

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I've tried a couple, not that my talents are worthy of a 7 string (much less a 6 string). The necks are wider than normal (duh) and it seemed to be very much like a Country Club as neatone above mentions. One I tried had a custom made 7 string Bigsby with a Space Control bridge; too much neck for me but very cool. In his book, Dan Duffy has a couple stories about GVE which were very cool (he scared Chet Atkins...)

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Thank you all for replying! I look forward to the learning process regarding these guitars. I know nothing yet, about the importance of a Gretsch Guitar being of the BALDWIN ERA. Best regards, Jack

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I'm not sure how serious you are, but I am aware of an opportunity to purchase a Gretsch Van Epps model husk, stripped of all it's hardware and wiring. If you're interested shoot me a note.

– kc_eddie_b

Hi KC_EDDIE_B,

I used the system on this page to send an email to you. Thanks for your post on this thread!

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Hi KC_EDDIE_B,

I used the system on this page to send an email to you. Thanks for your post on this thread!

– AdvenJack

I tried to PM you too. This site doesn't like my email address. But what I was going to do is direct you to the Julians auction... lot #927.


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