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

1972 Gretsch 7681: 6 20XX

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Body style
Single Cutaway Hollowbody
Cherry Red
Ebony with None inlays
Bone with zero fret
70s "Blacktop" FilterTron
Grover Imperial with "Kidney Bean" buttons
Bigsby B-6C (V-cutout)

This guitar came with the fixed tailpiece, evidenced by the additional holes under the hinge plate for the Bigsby installed later by an earlier owner. I put on a Chet arm.

I gutted the weird pickguard with the attached unreliable wheeled controls and had my luthier install the normal Gretsch array of knobs.

I removed the blackface F'trons and installed a matched set of Ray Butts pickups.

I also had Nicole shave down the back of the neck to match exactly the profile of my '98 Gibson Country Gent that was designed by Chet. She also did a re-fret to have them correctly overhang the binding and a new properly spaced nut.

Unusual factory features

I checked NONE for inlays because there isn't the right choice. The Super Chet comes with abalone floral type. This section should allow me to type in whatever I want, not choose from a list that doesn't have what I want.

The colour choice isn't Cherry Red either, it's Autumn Red.

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5 years ago Last modified 2016-05-28 13:44:15

This guitar now looks like it should have been when it was first designed. The wheeled controls were an idiotic idea right from the start as evidenced by not seeing this guitar played over the years by any renown guitarist. Another result of this poor reliability is that this model's value has remained low. It's a shame really, given the high cost to produce this guitar that was never marketed properly.

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