When Gretsch failed to back Chet's attempts to develop an electric nylon string guitar, he teamed up with Gibson and luthier Hascal Haile to produce the CE and CEC models. The Gibson Chet Atkins CE and Gibson Chet Atkins CEC appeared in 1981, with the difference in fingerboard targeting those who were coming from a steel-string background (and wanted a narrower fingerboard) and those coming from a classical background. There was also a studio version with a longer scale length and no sound hole. Later came the solid bodied steel string version of the guitar, the SST, and it is that model that tended to have the sliders seen on the one he is playing in the video. There were many prototypes along the way and this appears to be one of them, a sort of hybrid between the CE/CEC and the SST.
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