Gretsch-GEAR Atkins in the ‘70s: Axes and Chets 7681 Deluxe Chet

1972 Gretsch 7681: 1020XX

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Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Rosa Red/Cherry Red
Ebony with Neo-Classic (thumbnail) inlays
Bone with zero fret
70s "Blacktop" FilterTron
Space Control
Bigsby B-6 (breakaway arm)

had a custom pickguard made to comply with the catalog picture, except I had it trimmed in gold like the '72 super chet was--looks so much better with the new pickguard--also installed a Compton Brass compenstated rocking bar type bridge to make the Bigsby work better--stays in tune better now

Unusual factory features

very early model deluxe chet--had a D'Angelico style pickguard, not sure it that was original or not--the catalog showed just a black super chet style pickguard with 'gretsch deluxe chet' logo

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4 years ago Last modified 2015-08-20 16:27:43

2nd owner--original owner ordered it from Resnick's Music store in North Carolina--he was the 'resident' Chet picker in that area--now passed away, and I purchased it from a guy selling his estate for the family--super nice condition, and no binding rot, the original blue case also in fine shape.. only Deluxe Chet I have ever owned, and its a real 'keeper'--

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