Gretsch-GEAR Country Gents & Southern Belles 7176 Southern Belle

1980 Gretsch 7176: "JR" (unfinished body w/o factory serial)

Owned by
Michiel
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Walnut
Fretboard
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
SuperTron (neck) and TV Jones Classic (bridge)
Tuners
Grover StaTite
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • G-Arrow knobs
Bridge
Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)
Modifications

Wilkinson closed back tuners.
Neck reset
Bigsby B6C
G-arrow knobs
Plastic pickup surrounds
TV Jones Supertron in the neck position

Unusual factory features

Unfinished Southern Belle body
Double waffle bracing
25.5" scale lenght
Assembled in Mexico

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
4 years ago Last modified 2015-01-24 16:16:32

This guitar was left-over stock after Gretsch/Baldwin seized production in the early or mid 80s. It arrived in the Netherlands in the late 2000s as an unfinished, mexican-made Southern Belle. When it arrived, it didn't even have the holes for the pots and switches yet.

The first NL owner added modern hardware: B6c bigsby instead of the B12, G-arrow knobs and modern production black top filtertrons. He also performed a neck reset.

The year 1980 is just an indication. This belle could be from anywhere between approximately 1978-1985. Most likely explanation is that is was indeed left-over stock after Gretsch closed shop in the 80s.

My kind of beautiful. It looks just like it should despite it’s hard beginning. Lots of love and care went into that and she’s probably a sweet player too. Thanks for a great example.

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