Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gretsch Committee 7628 solidbody circa 1978

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It's a Gretsch but it's not a large-sized hollowbody, not is it equipped with a Bigsby vibrato*. In fact on first sight this Gretsch Committee 7628 looks distinctly un-Gretsch-like other than the giveaway headstock and logo. It has a slab-body with a German carve around the top, and is of throughneck multi-laminate construction as was so popular in the 1980s (those stripey throughnecks!), but this is from the latter 1970s.

Currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $1,119.99, this is actually priced much more cheaply than some other examples I have seen.

[* OK, so before anyone comments, I know that many Gretsches are Bigsby-less and there are all the "Jet" series of solidbodies, but the hollowbody Bigsby-equipped Gretsch beloved of rockabilly and rock'n'roll artists is probably the popular image that most people conjure up when they hear the name Gretsch.]

G L Wilson

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