Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Electric

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Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Electric

Postby Ray Bohlken » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:30 pm

I saw this offering on eBay today. It is just a body and no hardware. The description has some historical references to Gretsches made in Mexico and in Arkansas. It said that the ones made in Mexico were almost as good as the ones made in Arkansas...is that damning with faint praise or what? All you have to do is buy pickups, tuners, a Bigsby, knobs and wires, and some strap holders and you will have an actual electric guitar. This is a REAL project!
Ray

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gretsch-Vintage ... 1e761293be
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Re: Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Elec

Postby MitchC » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:40 am

Uh...no thanks. Too rich for my blood by the time you buy all that it needs.
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Re: Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Elec

Postby Vidar Lund » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:10 am

Those unfinished Southern Belles are popping up on the Gretschpages from time to time. This blonde beauty is the most recent.

http://gretschpages.com/forum/vintage-g ... 965/page1/

They may end up being excellent guitars proveded a good deal of work and money is put into them. They are in effect the last Country Gentlemans, alhough with a Baldwin flavour, before they reemerged as the Country Classic ca 1989. There were made just around 100 of them, as stated in Jay Scott´s Gretsch book. The information on e-bay is probably from that book.

Their owners on Gretschpages really seem to love them. And they are very rare.
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Re: Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Elec

Postby Ray Bohlken » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:41 am

Vidar, that blonde Southern Belle was a great looking guitar and the owner obviously liked it. Sounds like his money was well spent. I'd have a problem doing that fixing up for 1200 pounds - is that around 18 or $1900? I got a 6122-1959 Nashville Classic for right much less than that and it has the TV Jones pickups and wiring already in it and it came with a case. You pays your money and you takes your choice as the old folks used to say.
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Re: Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Elec

Postby Vidar Lund » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:04 pm

Here´s another Gretsch 7176 Southern Belle from the guitar treasure chest of the Gretschpages with a lot of interesting details.

http://gretschpages.com/guitars/models/ ... ern-belle/
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Re: Gretsch Vintage 1970's Southern Belle New Old Stock Elec

Postby Norm » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:22 pm

Naaahhh
...that's how it looks to me...The opinion expressed above is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of this station. Your mileage may vary...

Audio samples: http://www.youtube.com/user/acountrygent/videos
That should do it.
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