Today we are excited to offer for sale a rather wonderful and truly AWESOME vintage 1973 Gretsch Chet Atkins 7660 Nashville hollow body guitar! Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar” and “The Country Gentleman”, was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country music’s appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. Gretsch is an American company that manufactures guitars, basses and drums. The company was founded in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York by Friedrich Gretsch, a 27-year-old German immigrant. In 1916, his son, Fred Gretsch Sr. moved operations to a larger facility where Gretsch went on to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments. Following World War II, the brand moved forward on its own merit, and within a few years the golden age of Gretsch began: ’50s rockabilly guitars, two-handed tapping demos by Jimmy Webster and his White Falcon, and the association with Chet Atkins which began circa 1954. He was playing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and on a network radio show – he was a star clearly on the rise. It was Webster who spent considerable effort to convince Gretsch to pay a guitar player to use its guitars. Eventually, Atkins and Gretsch reached an accord, and the following year the single-cutaway Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body debuted. The first Chet Atkins models had single-coil DeArmond pickups, replaced by humbucking Filter ‘Trons in 1958. Other Gretsch Chet Atkins models joined the line, including the Country Gentleman (1957) and the Tennessean (1958). The original Chet Atkins Hollow Body lasted until ’61. Gretsch’s investment in Atkins essentially made the company’s fortune. The signature models bearing his name solidified its reputation – even influential guitarists such as Duane Eddy played Gretsch Chet Atkins guitars. This 1973 Chet Atkins model 7660 guitar has the serial number 23051 from 1973. The guitar features a 21″ arch top, cutaway, medium-body hollow-body with six strings. The pickups are filter ‘trons, with Hi-Lo ‘tron covers. The electronics are Gretsch byzantine. One knob is the master volume, while the other two are volume controls for each pickup. One mini-toggle is a standby offering on/off/on, while the other is a three-way tone toggle engaging three different capacitors. The guitar has an internal “sound post” joining the top and back under the pickups to decrease feedback. The guitar comes with the original carrying case with purple velvet interior. The guitar presents beautifully, has been tested, and it’s ready to rock! The guitar is in excellent vintage condition, with very minimal wear from being carefully used and played. There are a few minute surface imperfections (please see photos) that are not noticeable and do not detract from the beauty of the piece. There is a rather common lacquer crack (not in the wood) where the neck meets the body. The upper right knob is a replacement, it is slightly different than the original (which is included albeit missing the “G” logo cap). One string is missing and needs replacement. The original case is in very good condition, with minor wear and scuffing, and some glue residue from a long gone sticker. There is no key. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a rare and mint condition rockabilly guitar! An iconic piece and one of the last of the great American-made Gretsch guitars, this is a piece not to be missed. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of guitar: approx. 44″ in height, 2-5/8″ in depth (body), 16″ in width (at the widest point) Dimensions of case: 45″ in height, 5-5/8″ in depth, and 18″ in width (at the widest point)
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