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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Translucent Red, 2001


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The Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman was built from 1986 to 2005, but Gibson’s association with Chet Atkins began in 1981 with the CEC Cutaway Electric Classical.

While most of the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitars were made by Gretsch, that was impossible after 1981 when Gretsch temporarily folded. Gibson stepped in to work with Atkins, and produced a number of excellent, and ground-breaking instruments. The CEC has survived, but not as a Gibson model. Many other companies make a similar design and the most successful refinement is the Godin ACS series.

This example dates to August 21st, 2001 at the Gibson Nashville plant. It’s in all original, very clean condition with only the slightest wear to the translucent red finish. It even still has the sticker on the pickguard specifying Bright Wire 10-46 strings and Gibson 492R and 490T pickups!

The gold plating is in good shape with just a bit of tarnish on the Bigsby handle. The gold Schaller tuners have metal tulip buttons with fold-out cranks. The body has bound F-holes and uses a highly figured, flame maple laminate set and it has an ES style center block to significantly reduce feedback at stage levels. The neck is maple with an Ebony fingerboard, unbound but sporting the Neo-Classic ‘thumbnail’ position markers. Unique to this model, there’s a bound, faux tortoise arm rest on the lower bass bout that matches the bound pickguard.

The wiring layout is classic 1950’s Gretsch – pickup selector, master volume, individual volumes, and master tone.

The original brown hard shell case is included.


Price: $3,000.00 CAD
  • Model: chet atkins country gentleman
  • Year: 2001
  • Finish Translucent Red
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 02331537
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 26/06/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.22lbs 3.74kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 648mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.5mm
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