1976 Gretsch Country Roc 7620
Serial number of 5-6050 dates this Country Roc as the 50th Gretsch made in May 1976, so you could safely assume it's May 1st, 1976. Bang in the middle of the 7620 model's production, which lasted only from 1974 to 1978.
Super cool. Faded Gretsch orange, with tooled leather sides and engraved 'country theme' position markers on the beautiful ebony fretboard.
SuperTrons give an awesome sound! Changed tuners and bridge (see pics) but otherwise incredibly original. One of my gavourite gigging guitars. This guitar has serious mojo, and the sound and feel to back it!
Most Country Roc models have the separate 'belt-buckle' style solid "G" tailpiece, but I am quite certain that this one was optioned with a combination BadAss tailpiece/bridge assembly from the factory. In the '70s (around '74) Gretsch converted to the use of the "terminator" combination bridge/tailpiece (which was actually a bad-ass bridge - it is a later bad-ass that is currently fitted) on many of their models, such as the Broadkaster #7609, Super Axe #7680 and Atkins Axe #7685.
When we purchased the guitar it had a Hofner tailpiece fitted which gave the guitar a more 'vintage' look. However, the heavy-duty threaded body bridge mountings for the combination bridge (this BadAss bridge was fitted to the guitar when purchased by us) appear to be original, and even more convincing to us is the fact that the orange top has faded with age, with the original unfaded orange still showing underneath the bridge area and under the scratchplate, as one would expect. The under-bridge non-fading tends to hint that the original bridge was slightly larger. But there is NO hint of non-fading in the area where a solid 'belt-buckle' style solid "G" tailpiece (as fitted to earlier examples of this model and the original Roundup) would have covered the guitar's face, which to me indicates the combination style bridge/tailpiece was fitted originally by the factory. Moreover, I can't imagine anyone ever removing a genuine Gretsch tailpiece to replace it with a Hofner item!
Some documentary evidence that supports my theory on this guitar (it's only a theory, I cannot be sure) is;
Sold to David
who wrote in the Guestbook ...
"Hi Neil, Thanks for your honesty, and professional way that you conduct your business. The Gretsch is as described, expertly packed and delivered as promised. I buy a lot of guitars online, and I would rate this transaction as one of the best. I will be a regular of the Grouse site from this day on. Thanks again. David"