Gretsch-GEAR Van Eps 7580 Van Eps

1972 Gretsch 7580: 102299

Owned by
gordonf
Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Unknown
Fretboard
Ebony with unknown inlays
Nut
Bone with zero fret
Pickups
Unknown
Tuners
Unknown
Controls
  • Master Volume
  • Neck pickup volume
  • Bridge pickup volume
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone Switch
  • Standby Switch
  • Unknown knobs
Bridge
Wood compensated
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Modifications

Original floating tuning fork bridge was really hard to get used to. TV Jones made the compensated wood saddle to fit on the original "space control" base back when he was working out of his house in Whittier, CA.

I have a replacement pickguard with Gretsch logo, but it's not mounted. Mounting screws are visible next to each pickup.

Unusual factory features

Has Schaller machine heads, which appear to be original.

"Burns Gearbox" truss rod adjustment at neck joint.

Pickups have laminated pickguard material for bases, which tend to deteriorate. New ones had to be made for this guitar.

Gold hardware. Later models had chrome.

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
5 years ago Last modified 2019-07-08 00:26:09

I've owned this since 1999. I've tried other 7 string archtops, including Eastmans, an Ibanez AF207, a Schechter Jazz 7, a Patrick James Eggle Crai, etc.

The Gretsch is heavier than all of these. I think that weight helps to give the lower notes more punch and depth. None of the other 7 strings I've played sounded like this guitar.

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