Gibson Chet Atkins SST

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Gibson Chet Atkins SST in ebony color

The Gibson Chet Atkins SST was a solid body acoustic-electric designed by the late country artist Chet Atkins. The steel-string model was introduced in 1987 and was discontinued for 2006.[1] Chet Atkins CE is a nylon string variation of this guitar.

Design[edit]

The SST was a design that combined Gibson's acoustic and electric guitar technology.

The SST had a solid spruce or cedar top and a mahogony body. Unlike most acoustic-electrics the SST had no resonating chamber or soundhole. The acoustic sound came from a bridge mounted transducer with an active pre-amp. The SST had controls for volume as well as boost and cut for both treble and bass signals.

The SST was offered in four finishes: natural, ebony, white, and cherry sunburst. It had mother of pearl inlays on the fretboard, headstock, and bridge and features gold plated hardware. Later models had star inlays and a Les Paul style headstock. It also sports Chet Atkins's signature above the fretboard.

Popular use[edit]

The SST quickly became popular among rock and country players because high volume levels could be reached without any feedback, whereas most traditional acoustic electrics will emit moderate to high levels of feedback when they come near amplifiers, speakers or microphones. This ability made the SST suitable acoustic guitar for live music.

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