As Gretsch fell on hard times in the late 70s and Chet Atkins left for Gibson, the venerable Country Gentleman became the Southern Belle. Emasculation jokes aside, it was essentially the same guitar as a Baldwin-era Country Gent. Most were made in Mexico at the Jaurez plant, and were stamped with "Made in Mexico" on the headstock. The Belle can be spotted by the southern belle graphic on the pickguard, replacing the usual Gretsch logo, and a B-12 Bigsby. Harder to spot differences include 5-ply construction and a 25 ½" scale length.
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7176 Southern Belle Specs
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- Country Gents & Southern Belles
- The Baldwin years: 1968-1987
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