Like Synchro said, it may well have been a problem he encountered such that he had it in mind. But I also think the closed bodied guitars have a slightly more focused tone. He also might have been thinking of tone rather than or in addition to feedback.Does anyone know if Chet ever complained about feedback?
Chet had something very specific in mind, with regard to his sound. If you listen to his recordings, they are very crisp and bright, without being harsh. That was hard to come by, circa the late ‘50s. He was not interested overdrive; he was trying to avoid it.Like Synchro said, it may well have been a problem he encountered such that he had it in mind. But I also think the closed bodied guitars have a slightly more focused tone. He also might have been thinking of tone rather than or in addition to feedback.
cool trivia point! thxPretty much with you on that. I have three Gretsch with Electrotone bodies, and that’s my preference. It seems to help inntne fight against feedback, and having the painted on F holes just looks right. As a trivia point, the shape of these was traced from Chet Atkins’ own D’Angelico.
Are you sayin’ that for real, or just fakin’ it?Personally, I find that the fake F-holes greatly assist my fake playing.
There was a lot of Chet influence in early Rock n’ Roll. Things he recorded under his own name tended to be Country, Easy Listening, or Jazz, but he had a lot of influence as a producer, and that included Rock n’ Roll.I don’t know what Chet though about them, but if you ask me it would mean less feedback at high volumes and also more sustain and better notes definition.
Fake F holes are the ultimate Gretsch gift from rock’n’roll gods.
They tried large painted on f-holes on the short-lived model 6113 and the small run of custom guitars ordered by player and educator Ronny Lee. I guess they decided that they didn't work visually and never tried them again.They look right, somehow. I like the larger F holes on most Gretsch, but for the painted on ones, the slender D’Angelico shape is perfect.