Seen on cover of "Me and my guitars", Gibson made the Country Gentleman for C... more
Seen on cover of "Me and my guitars", Gibson made the Country Gentleman for Chet Atkins in 1987.
The 6120 was designed by Gretsch and endorsed by Chet, himself. This guitar w... more
The 6120 was designed by Gretsch and endorsed by Chet, himself. This guitar was the original "Country Gentleman" and in a well-documented presentation of Chet's gear, Premier Guitar stated this:
"All aesthetic extravagances on the 6120 were eliminated on the Country Gentleman, which came along in 1959. Chet’s personal edition is surely one of the most beautiful electric guitars ever built, even if the f-holes are decals."
"...this is the guitar heard on most of those dazzling records"
Premier Guitar did a piece detailing a small (but important) bit of gear used... more
Premier Guitar did a piece detailing a small (but important) bit of gear used by Chet Atkins. The following is part of the article detailing his first guitar.
"Sears Roebuck Silvertone Miraculously, Chet’s first guitar survives. His stepfather brought it home, where it was first used by older brother Lowell (the initials carved in the top are his doing—a girlfriend, apparently). A motivated Chet traded a year’s worth of early morning milking duty for the box, whose neck had been broken and crudely repaired with a screw. The action was stratospherically high and difficult."
According to Premier Guitar, this Gibson was a gift from his half-brother, Ji... more
According to Premier Guitar, this Gibson was a gift from his half-brother, Jim. He acquired it from noted guitarist, Les Paul. The following is an excerpt from PG:
“When (Jim) saw how much I liked it, he surprised me by giving it to me,” wrote Chet in his memoir, Me and My Guitars. “Riding back to Knoxville on the train, I was so happy I didn’t know what to do. Every little while I would open the case just to look at that guitar. I loved the way it looked and the way it smelled.”
As he would with nearly every guitar he’d own, Chet modified this instrument, installing a Vibrola tailpiece and a floating DeArmond pickup. The former gave him the tremulous vibrato effect that earned him the “talking guitar” tagline, and the latter gave him the volume and nuanced control he’d been looking for. Chet’s first serious radio work and his earliest recordings were made on the L-10.
Sadly, the promising career of this young guitar was cut short when Chet, standing on a chair to reach a radio microphone that nobody could be bothered to lower, slipped and fell. He did a chest-plant on the guitar, severely damaging the body. It was repaired but never the same, Chet said.
According to Premier Guitar, Chet Atkins ordered the very first electric D'An... more
According to Premier Guitar, Chet Atkins ordered the very first electric D'Angelico guitar. He soon modified the custom Excel model he had purchased, adding a P-90 pickup. Chet used this guitar performing with the world-famous Carter sisters.
In 1982 Gibson came out with the Chet Atkins CE. According to Premier Guitar:... more
In 1982 Gibson came out with the Chet Atkins CE. According to Premier Guitar:
California luthier Kirk Sand approached Chet with further improvements in body chambers and pickup design. Chet connected him with Gibson and the result was perhaps the most elegant of the series, this Studio Classic, with a mahogany fleur-de-lis and vintage-style Gibson slotted peghead.
On Atkins' official website, colleague and friend, Paul Yendell discussed one... more
On Atkins' official website, colleague and friend, Paul Yendell discussed one of the more unique pieces of gear in Chet's guitar arsenal which Chet called, "The Peaver".
From the official FAQ:
‘The Peaver’ was a guitar I built for Chet to record with. I had made myself one and he liked it. He had a Peavey T-60 so I took the body and put a wide type Strat neck on it. I then put 2 EMG pickups in it. He used it quite a bit. “ Sunrise” was one tune, “Laughing at Life” was another. It wasn't very pretty as guitars go, but sounded great.
On the cover of the "Picks On the Beatles" album, you can see a G6122-12 on t... more
On the cover of the "Picks On the Beatles" album, you can see a G6122-12 on the cover
Chet Atkins designed this amp in cooperation with Gretsch. more
Chet Atkins designed this amp in cooperation with Gretsch.
In this photo, we can see Atkins with Gretsch Nashville Amplifier. more
In this photo, we can see Atkins with Gretsch Nashville Amplifier.
Fellow guitar player and close friend, Paul Yendell, stated on Chet's officia... more
Fellow guitar player and close friend, Paul Yendell, stated on Chet's official page that Atkins used a stock Standel 25L15 on 98% of his recordings.