He also was responsible for the change from a standard “F” hole to a simulated “F” hole. This eliminated feedback in large auditoriums.
In 1962, at Chet's suggestion the “F” holes were simulated as a further measure to prevent feedback. However the guitar was hollow.
This was standard on Gretsch long before after market locking strap buttons were offered.
The gold-plated Grover tuners have button style pegs. As with the single cutaway, this guitar features a Bigsby tailpiece with a V shape cut-out. This one feature the standard movable handle. The guitar has a bound body, neck and headstock. The scale is 24.6 inches and the body depth is 2 inches.
The “F” holes are real. This comes with a walnut stain or a black finish. I have seen red models in some stores. Although this guitar is not as nice as a Country Gentleman, bear in mind the real deal sells for $3400 to $3600, it has a street price of around $850-900 USD.