Gretsch-GEAR Atkins in the ‘70s: Axes and Chets 7690 Super Chet

1972 Gretsch 7690: 2 2088

This guitar is for sale. Contact mdlong1954 for details.

Owned by
mdlong1954
Body style
Double Cutaway Hollowbody
Color(s)
Sunburst
Fretboard
Ebony with Small square triplets inlays
Nut
Bone
Pickups
70s "Blacktop" FilterTron
Tuners
Grover
Bridge
Adjustamatic
Tailpiece
Gretsch trapeze
Modifications

This guitar had a Bigsby on it at some point, several screw holes tell the story. Now has a new Adjustamatic bridge. The original is long gone.

Unusual factory features

Rare custom sunburst finish, Schaller tuners, fancy abalone neck inlays, early bound pickguard that says "Chet Atkins" instead of "Super Chet", fancy tailpiece with ebony insert & abalone inlay. Appears to be a very early Model 7690 (maybe it could be called a Model 7692..;-).

Added to Gretsch-GEAR
4 years ago Last modified 2015-03-10 00:10:01

No clue about its history. Been owned for several decades by a music dealer in Shreveport, LA. The guitar is in excellent condition with a few minor dings & finish chafes. There is no finish checking & the hardware is in excellent condition with no oxidation with the gold finish very intact. The back has a decent bird's eye pattern in the wood. The original frets show little wear.

Very likely your Super Chet dates to February of 1972 which from my research is the first month of production. I have never seen — and I have looked a lot — a Super Chet produced before February of 1972. Super Chet’s produced that month all have the old-style filtertron pickups and the gold plastic pickup surrounds and the Chet Atkins signature on the pick guard but no designation of the guitar as a Super Chet. Beginning in March of 1972, the Chet Atkins signature was dropped in favor of designating the guitar as a Super Chet and the black face filtertron pickups with gold-plated brass pickup surrounds appear. This guitar may have been owned by Dean Turner of Fort Worth Texas who showed a guitar identical to this at the Arlington guitar show in 1991. You are very lucky to have this beauty

Very likely your Super Chet dates to February of 1972 which from my research is the first month of production. I have never seen — and I have looked a lot — a Super Chet produced before February of 1972. Super Chet’s produced that month all have the old-style filtertron pickups and the gold plastic pickup surrounds and the Chet Atkins signature on the pick guard but no designation of the guitar as a Super Chet. Beginning in March of 1972, the Chet Atkins signature was dropped in favor of designating the guitar as a Super Chet and the black face filtertron pickups with gold-plated brass pickup surrounds appear. This guitar may have been owned by Dean Turner of Fort Worth Texas who showed a guitar identical to this at the Arlington guitar show in 1991. You are very lucky to have this beauty

Also, this guitar may be the same that was for sale on Ebay a few months back. The seller could never get anyone to bid above $1300 for the guitar after several attempts to sell it and so withdrew it from sale on Ebay

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