Up for sale, a 1976 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model 7670 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Renumbered the 7670 in '71 from the original 6122 model designation, this vintage USA-made Gretsch Country Gentleman is a finely crafted example complete with premium hardware, nigh flawless original binding, and sound post bracing.
Whether you seek brilliant chewy twang with a midrange heft and refinement suitable for Chet Aktins flavored fingerpicking, or the full spectrum sweetness and cut of George Harrison's British Invasion tone, you can't beat this Country Gentleman. With a 17" wide fully hollow slender maple body and slab ebony fingerboard, this Gretsch delivers an immediate attack and glassy snap channeled through the pair of original Filter'Tron humbuckers, and unlike many 6122 examples, this 7670 has genuine bound F holes (as opposed to the painted-on variety). The guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-49 flatwound strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, and the original slender frets have fret edge binding and are practically perfect. The scale length measures 24.6", and the neck measures 1 11/16" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The headstock sports the original Schaller tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a standard Gretsch control layout including a three-way pickup selector mini toggle, three-way mini Tone switch (bypassed in the middle), a Master Volume control on the treble side body cutaway, individual Volumes for each pickup, and an on/off/on three-way kill switch. The gold hardware is clean overall, with some patina on the bridge pickup cover and bezel, and on the bass-side edge of the bridge. The Gretsch roller bridge with ebony base allows for very smooth action on the Bigsby vibrato, suitable for surfy shimmies or deeper dives with ease. G arrow barrel knobs round out the hardware, and the elevated lucite pickguard is original and practically perfect.
The guitar is exceedingly well-kept, and this 7670 has practically perfect and lightly ambered multi-ply binding. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Walnut finish is limited to a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and just a few additional tiny marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with one small spot of wear through the gloss central to the carve behind fret 13, not distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original hardshell case with textured blue/gray exterior is included and equally as clean as the guitar, with a gold Gretsch badge on the exterior, functional latches, and the original handle.