Up for sale, a 1979 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model 7670 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. 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 FilterTron humbuckers, and unlike many 6122 examples, this 7670 has genuine bound F holes (as opposed to the painted-on variety). The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-49 roundwound strings.
The maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C profile carve, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .830" at the 9th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl thumbnail inlay, and the original slender frets have a fairly flat fret dress from the factory, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6, continuing more faintly beneath the B and High E in particular until the octave. 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 Grover Rotomatic tuning machines which have large paddle buttons, great tuning stability, and a smooth gear ratio.
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, and individual Volumes for each pickup. The gold hardware is gleaming on the pickup covers and surrounds, with patina through the plating on the roller 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. Oversized barrel knobs and a practically perfect original gold pickguard round out the plastics.
The guitar is exceedingly well-kept, and this 7670 has just about the nicest nigh flawless multi-ply binding we've ever encountered on a Gretsch, showing just a touch of checking at the fret nibs on the neck binding. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Walnut finish is limited to a bit of faint scuffing in the clear coat on the back, and a few minor scuffs on top adjacent to the bridge feet and Bigsby tension bar. The neck profile is free of wear, and this is a stunning example of one of Gretsch's most iconic models.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as pristine as the guitar, with a gold Gretsch silkscreen on the exterior, functional latches, and the original handle. The guitar comes complete with its "Great Gretsch Sound" hangtag, OK card, and Dealer Inspection Report leaflet.