About Us, Michael & Christi Hargis

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The search is over! We found the Bus for Us!

One year ago......The search was over! We found the Bus for Us!
Meeting Miss Neo.
After 5+ years of searching for a suitable bus, Christi & I grabbed out backpacks and got on a plane to Gold Hill, Oregon to Meet Miss Neo.
Miss Neo is a 1986 40' Neoplan 2001-4 conversion with a slide. Gary & Josie Womack offered her on the BCM website


Well we are so excited, we have looked at hundreds of busses in our budget over the past 5-6 years, has it been that long?, We are so grateful to all or busnut friends and Bus Conversion Magazine

All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

I couldn't resist the call of the siren 7690 Super Chet!

I couldn't resist the call of the siren 7690 Super Chet!
Gretsch 7690 Super Chet 1976
Does anyone know this Gretsch? or
The past owner "Bill Rhodes" from Atlanta, Ga?
https://reverb.com/item/10644561-gretsc ... -1976-s144




Before pictures at the link above.
Top Material: Maple Top
Body Material: Maple Body
Body Details: Maple top, back, and sides.
Neck Material: Maple Neck
Fingerboard Material: Ebony Fingerboard
Neck Profile: D
Neck Thickness (IN): 1st fret: .76", 12th fret: .92"
Fingerboard Radius: 12.00
Nut Width: 1-3/4 in
Neck Details: Three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck with triple-bound ebony fingerboard. Neck has been re-fretted.
Electronics: Pickups are original. Master volume control, along with volume and tone controls for each pickup. All electronic components are original except for the bridge tone pot that was replaced with an era-correct replacement. Jumper wires were added at the connecting points of the pickup leads and the harness.
Pickup Measurements: Bridge: 4.1K, Neck: 4.0K
Hardware: Bridge has been replaced. Neck has been re-fretted.
Weight: 8 lbs 4.9 oz
Modifications / Repairs: Bridge has been replaced. Neck has been re-fretted. Bridge tone pot was replaced with an era-correct replacement. Jumper wires were added at the connecting points of the pickup leads and the harness. Nut end of the fingerboard has been re-glued to the neck.
Case: Hardshell Case
Cosmetic Condition: Finish checking throughout guitar. Dings in binding. Buckle rash has worn through the finish on the back. Play wear on the back of the neck has worn through the finish on the treble side. Some areas of tear-out in the fingerboard from a previous re-fret.
It’s a Gretsch thing!


More on the Super Chet
Well my 1976 Super Chet will be here in a day or so, I am not worthy of this guitar, I have only started to learn 1 year ago. I have been a lead singer for over 40 years (I am 59y/o) and always loved the look of a hollowbody and how people could play them. Many times in the past I took lessons things just didn't click. So at the age of 58 I said to myself....Self....it's time to put your nose to the grindstone no matter what..My goal is not set high like before. I just want to play and sing around a campfire, just a hand full of old songs for Sing-a-longs. I have touched a guitar everyday 3 times or more, sometimes only for a min or two and sometimes for hours. On line lessons off Youtube and other players for a tip here and there. It's slow BUT it's working. I am up to 4 songs without adding choice words I learned in the Navy.
Now about that guitar that is coming... I could not afford or justify buying a guitar the can run 2k up to 7k? I am a Great entertainer ""Pat, Pat" but the cost of touring is high so the take home pay was lacking to say the least. So I bought a Silver semi-hollow Ibanez to learn on BUT the neck was to small at the nut and I was thudding the Cowboy cords. I have big hands. Then I found out the all guitars are not made the same! I Know! So I found a old 1950 Silvertone hollow body with a wide neck, 1.3/4 in, and things got better. I sold the Ibanez and made a dollar on it and so I started to buy and sell used guitars to make money to fund a nice guitar. As time went by the guitars got better and the more I learned about the brands and models the better the guitars got. It has only taken a little over a year and 135 deals to be able to buy the guitar of my dreams. Yeah, some guitars cost me money to sell but what I have learned is pricless. I love to Hot Rod and Theme out all kinds of guitars.
The Super Chet in route is not the best one on the shelve, no where near Mint and far from Excellent,But it will be mine to have and hold....and Play. The wiring is failing and some parts have been replaced but It's a true 1976 Super Chet. I will do a few things to make it the best it can be...for me.
If anyone wants to stop bye I will be glad to let you play it. I'm in Winterhaven Ca and St. David Az managing RV Parks
email; michael@michaelhargis.com
Link to the Super Chet that I bought; https://reverb.com/item/10644561-gretsc ... -1976-s144
P.S. If any one knows this guitar or the past owner (Name on the case) Please let me know, thanks.


   When it arrives I know I have some work to do on her, someone added jumpers to the failing wiring and the pots can't be trusted so I am looking at TV Jones Harness.

I am thinking about mounting everything in the body like the 6120.
I like that set up alot
I have these TV Jones pups I want to mount in it.
I'll size them up when the Super Chet arrives.
Also thinking mud s/w, like Chete's 72' or a full on varitone
Call me crazy
The parts that I am removing..... I'm thinking of a shadow box, I just ordered Chet's album with the Super Chet on the cover
If it was in better shape I wouldn't think of it, but it is failing. The Country Gent has holes in the body for pots so why not make this all it can be?

   And so it begins; Message to the Seller:
Hello, I received the Super Chet yesterday and have been running it through it's paces. I am both happy and un-happy with it. 
I have always wanted one of these and it just fits my hands so I can play it. But... Here is what I have found that I would like you to address;

Guitar has a musty/BO smell coming from the inside (F holes), I asked 2 times if there was any smell to the guitar and was told No. 
Guitar is very, very dirty. Needs to be pro cleaned. 
Guitar's electronics in the pick guard have issues; 
Top master Vol pot is grounding out/buzzing when touched also cuts out completely when adjusting on the fly. 
The other 4 pots crackle and buzz with the bottom one cutting out completely when touched.

So bottom line, I still like the guitar but clearly it is not playable as is, as advertised. 
I know that fixing the electronics in the pick guard would not be cost effective so I can modify the guitar by installing a new wiring harness like the G6120 for $145.00 If I do the labor. 
And a pro cleaning with Ozone treatment cost $125 locally. 
Will you compensate me for the above? 
Thank you for your time, 
Michael Hargis

I think this is very fare.....
The Pick Guard controls are toast............

     All is good, the seller paid for the fix. Very happy now with the Super Chet. It just fits my large hands. I have ordered the new wiring, S/W's and pots. Bigsby arrived. Good stuff



1976 Gretsch 7690 Super Chet Guitar with Blacktop Filter’Tron in Autumn Red Finish

The Gretsch 7690, One of the very few stunning guitars produced during Gretsch’s Baldwin-owned period, the Super Chet was Chet Atkins’ attempt at merging the
 best of his legacy electric Gretsch hollowbodies from the Fifties and Sixties with the archtop jazz guitar aesthetic he so admired in the other contemporary
 jazz guitarists of his era, namely Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, and Wes Montgomery.

The 7690 Super Chet came in two finishes.. a wine/autumn red stain, and walnut.
 Its rounded cutaway, maple hollow body with white-bound f-holes, 17" lower bout, 2-piece maple neck with a center stripe joining the body at the 18th fret
 featured a stunning cream-b-w-b-w double-bound body, with cream-b-c-b-w-bound headstock and b-c-b-c-b-c-b side purfling.
Ornate as they get with the abstract CA initial inlay on the head stock (chet atkins)
This 7690 features Gretsch's Blacktop Filtertron Pickups. From 1967 to 1985 A number of pickups of differing quality also began replacing the
 Filter’Tron altogether, such as the Blacktop Filter’Tron. The Blacktop pickups are very good sounding, and have "that great Gretsch Sound" kind of tone.

The Gretsch Super Chet has great aesthetic respect right alongside other more ornamented Gibson and Epiphone archtops of its era.

This instrument is in Very Good Condition for its age. There is finish cracking all over the guitar as well as some surface scratches and
 minimal dinging around the binding and ware through the clear coat on the back ans neck.

What makes this guitar special: One of the few Baldwin-era Gretsch models that truly knocks it out of the park, these well-appointed Super Chets have
 a playability and characteristic sound unmatched by most of their contemporaries. This particular piece is in stellar condition, with zero binding rot,
 and ample life left in the frets. The slim maple neck is incredibly comfortable, and affords effortless maneuverability up and down the length of the beautiful
 dark rosewood fingerboard. Its been professionally setup by our expert in-house luthier, and will arrive ready to play out of the case.

Cosmetic condition: Great shape for its age, with some standard playwear throughout. Various scratches, nicks, dings, scuffs, and light buckle rash,
 with some minor oxidation on the hardware. The original bridge and base have been swapped for a fixed Tune-O-Matic style bridge. The original is included
 in the case, but has been modified.

Body: hollow maple body finished in walnut with dual f-holes, top, middle, and bottom binding. Abalone inlaid trapeze tailpiece with fixed Tune-O-Matic
 style bridge on rosewood base, and Super Chet pickguard with built-in-electronics.

Weight: 8 lb, 6.1 oz

Neck: Slim maple neck with black side dots and mother-of-pearl fleur de lis inlays. Double bound ebony fingerboard is in marvelous shape, and frets show almost
 no visible wear at all, with a ton of use left in them. Bound headstock with abalone inlaid Gretsch logo and blossoming flower. Gold Grover tuners with butterbean
 tuning buttons function perfectly. Neck is straight and plays like absolute butter up and down the length of the fingerboard.

Electronics: Dual FilterTron humbuckers with 3-way pickup selector switch and mini-control knobs, 2x individual volume, 2x tone, and 1x master volume.

Case: Original Gretsch hard shell case included.

Includes Hardshell Case.
Top Wood:  Maple
Back Wood:  Maple
Scale:  25 1/2"
Nut Width:  1 77"
Setup High E: 2/32"
Setup Low E: 2/32"
Weight : 9.0 Lbs
Serial Number:  6-8114
Neck Wood:  Maple
Fretboard:  Ebony
Bridge:  Original Bigsby
Bracing:  Tressle
Headstock Shape:  Solid
Headstock Overlay:  Black
Headstock Inlay:  Gretsch Logo
Tuners:  Gold Schaller
Inlays:  Abalone Tulip & CA (Chet Atkins initials)
Purfling:  B-W-B-W
Body Binding:  Ivoroid
Fretboard Binding:  Ivoroid
Headstock Binding:  I
Pickguard:  Black with Gold Logo and Controls
Nut Material:  Bone
Saddle Spacing:  2"
Neck Profile:  Slim C
Pickup(s):  Baldwin Era Blactop Filter’Trons
Case:  Gretsch Hardshell Case
List price:  $5,900.00

other seriel #'s
9-6039=July 1976 39th built
Moddified by Hot Rod Hargis 10/10/18

Mud Switch.
Reversed Contact 3 way Toggle, north toggle .047 Audio Capacitor
south toggle .022 Audio Capacitor
Middle, switch bypass.

Varitone, 6 position Rotary Switch, shortening, 
Position 1, .001 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
Position 2, .01 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor  
Position 3, .015 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor  
Position 4, .022 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor 
Position 5, .033 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor
Position 6, .047 NOS Vintage Ceramic Capacitor 

Redundant wiring where possible especially ground wires.

I named her "Black Sheep"


All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hello All, it has been a long time since I have posted an up date;
Very sorry about that.
We landed in Winterhaven, Ca near Yuma in Aug of 2015. We have been managing a RV park. It needed a lot of work in all departments and we have been at it for over a year. The park is really coming along. Would love for our friends to stop by and say Hi.
Sans End RV Park
2209 W. Winterhaven Dr
Winterhaven, Ca
FB= https://www.facebook.com/groups/sansendrv/
All the Best, Michael & Christi

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Planning the Big Move Back

Planning the Big Move Back. Yes we are moving back to SE AZ. 
 It's where we meet, married and where happiest. We have agreed to stay out of Public/City service (I, Michael, was the Building Inspector among other titles for the City of Tombstone, BIG TARGET!!) where ever we land. 
   Our son Jared is finishing high school and going off to collage in CA, we will become "Empty Nesters". We are currently house hunting in Sierra Vista, AZ area. We lived and worked in and around Tombstone and still have family there. Now we are moving back.
Christi works as middle mgt. at Target here in St. George and will transfer to Sierra Vista. I am am by day mgr. of a commercial complex, sell RV's for a dealership, rebuild cars/trucks for sale, have online store and carve stone art, By night I sing.
 It is our hope to find a home with an acre and set up our new home base. We have been here for aprox. 5 years and are ready to return. 
We are still Rolling With the Flow

All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bad deal, broken promises and untrustworthy people, time for a change.

Hello All, it's been sometime since I last posted. Christi & I have been taking more then our fair share of punches for the last two years. Bad deal, broken promises and untrustworthy people seem to be inundating our lives. I know it's our/my own fault, I let them in my life but, come on. Seems when you are down that the only kind of people that show up at your door. We just have to be more careful. I have just turned 55 y/o and I have to stop and reflect on my bad decisions. Why do I year after year, decade after decade constantly let, yes Let! people take advantage of my good nature and pull at my heart stings for the wrong reasons? It has to stop somewhere so, now is the time. No, I'm not going to turn into a bad guy and do unto others as they do unto me. I will just have to stop and think the whole thing through. Get it in writing. It's tough not to get angry at some of the people in the past that have cost us our retirement ($) and the loss of years, yes years of hard work when there is nothing to show for it. I have always dealt on a mans word and a hand shake and its sad I have to abandon that. Just doing the right thing is not always the right thing anymore. Hard work does not always payoff anymore. This day and age the scammers have the upper hand and even more so due to the shift of wealth in our country. One has to think it through, then think again. If you are feeling desperate, you can make bad choices. I realize that I am to blame for all my decisions but it was wrong for the people we trusted to lie, cheat and steal from us and we can't afford to let that happen again.
So, to all our friends out there we have two words for you "Thank you" for your support and kindness and for all who have done us wrong, here are two words for you..........................................................................................................God Bless!
All the Best, Michael & Christi

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Missing our Bus friends


Wow, what a busy year! Christi & I were sitting here and going over our last year and what kept coming up was missed Bus rallies like The Q at Smith Ranch, The GM rallies at Larry & Carol Hall's place and around Tucson, St. George Utah and others. We had so much fun with you guys. Over the summer in Dixon, Missouri we had visits Bob of the North, Melbo & Billie, Doug Olson to name a few that made us miss our Bus frinds even more. So Christi & I want to say Happy Holidays to you and yours, be safe and we hope to see soon.
All the Best, Michael & Christi Hargis



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Well I fired up Mrs. Jones today just to move her to a new resting place. She sounds so good. She wispered " lets go ". I backed her in and shut her down. I miss the road! All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, what to do with Mrs. Jones?

Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, what to do with Mrs. Jones? We moved out of Mrs. Jones! No, not because she is broke and not because we don't like her anymore. We needed more room. Our son Jared is 13 years old and growing. When we converted the bus we designed the floor plan for two. Jared was going to live with his father in Ca. and finish school. Christi and I hit the road touring the west. now a short time after Jared came back with us and we found ourselves living in a Bus built for two! So we tried a house for 6 months but hated it. We weighed all our options. The Bus had to be remolded before we could use it for the three of us, so we bought a 5th wheel (RV) and moved into it. It is a 33 ft. with three slides. Wow, we have a lot of room now and we love the lay out. Jared has about four years of school left before he goes off to collage and we will live in the 5th wheel until he goes off to concur the world. So here we are "Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, what to do with Mrs. Jones?" Now we are back to looking at all our options again. We, Christi and I, talk about remodeling her with slides, new bedroom, up scale counter tops, you know, all the dreams we all have and think a bus should be. Then we think we should look for a factory built bus and avoid all the work, but that would mean selling Mrs. Jones! And for what, 18 - 20 grand in today's market? Any Bus Nut need a Bus? We really don't know what to do, but we do have time. "I can't find my watch! Honey, What time is it?" All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Fever 2011 Bus & RV RallySt George RV Resort( ENCORE Resort)

Spring Fever 2011 Bus & RV RallySt George RV Resort( ENCORE Resort)5800 N. Old HWY 91Hurricane, UT 84737(435) 879-2212 Office(435) 879-2422 Fax(435) 237-2322 Cellhttp://www.rvonthego.com/St-George-Resort-campground-profile.html Rally Dates: April 28,29,30 & May 1 & 2, 2011(depart on the 2nd) It's time to mark your calendars and make your reservations for the "SpringFever 2011 Bus & RV Rallly" From Cedar CityHeading south on I-15, take the Leeds Exit (23). Turn left towardHarrisburg, then turn right on Frontage Rd and continue for 3 miles to theresort. From St GeorgeHeading North on I-15, take the Zion Park/Hurricane Exit (16). Continue onRte 9 for 3 miles. Turn left at Quail Creek State Park, onto road #318(which is Harrisburg turn #318). Go right at the first stop sign. Resort isfirst on the right hand side. RVers, Bus-Nuts with finished or not so finished coaches, Dreamers,Wannabes,Lookers & Curiosity Seekers are welcome. Reservations: Reservations can be made online @http://www.rvonthego.com/St-George-Resort-campground-profile.htmlor make your reservations directly @ (435) 879-2212. Please mention SpringFever 2011 Bus & RV Rallly.Early arrivals are welcome and will receive the group rate. Rates:Rally Fee.....$16.00 per personWater, 30-50 amp electric, sewer, cable.....$ 28.00 per dayDry camping in rally area...........$ 16.00 per dayCabins are available but are limitedWireless Internet is $1.00 per day "How It's Done", "How To Do It" , "Show & Tell", Seminars To Be Announced Thursday Activities:9am Check in begins. Receive your ENCORE RESORTS Welcome Bag (1 per rig)9am - 11am Coffee Bar & Donuts in the Resort Clubhouse1pm Tag-A-Long to the St. George Tabernacle and Visitor Center, TheBrigham Young Winter Home and, time permitting, The Jacob Hamblin Pioneer Home. These areall free tours.5pm Tag-A-Long to China Buffet for dinner, (Dutch Treat)7pm Fire Pit in the Rally Area, Bring your chairs and BYOB, enjoy goodcompany, renew acquaintances and make new friends Friday Activities;9am - 11am Coffee Bar & Donuts in the Resort Clubhouse12 noon Tag-A-Long to Zion Natl. Park (Dutch Treat) approx. 4.0 hrs5pm Dinner: Pot Luck. Bring a dish to share, Resort will provide entree.6pm Nickel's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round Show (Pass the Hat)7:30 - 9:30 Hang out at the Pool, BYOB (no glass) Saturday Activities:9am - 11am Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls & Coffee Bar in the Resort Clubhouse9am - 11am Craft Sale & Swap Meet1pm TBA5pm Dinner Show: Taco Plate= Beef or Chicken, Red Rice, Beans & Dessert6pm The Michael Hargis Show (Pass the Hat) Sunday Activities:9 -10:30am Breakfast = Coffee, Hot Biscuits & Sausage Gravy4pm Pool Party- BYOB (no glass) and a chair to the pool.Music. "Minute to Win It" games with prizes.5 - 6pm BBQ Hamburgers and Hotdogs at pool side. Monday Activities;9 - 10:30am Farewell Coffee Bar & Donuts in the Resort Clubhouse12 noon Check out time Entertainment:The Michael Hargis ShowNickel's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round& TBA - Guest Favorites -Heated Pool and Hot TubMini Golf / Basketball / Shuffelboard / Horseshoes / PickleballRally Friendly / Free Clubhouse and Planned Activities for your RallyGroup / $5 Meals/Entertainment $Cable and Wi-fi ($)Short drive to Zion and Bryce National Park, Lake Mead, and Grand CanyonClose to Quail Lake which offers boating, watercrafts, fishing and swimmingNature Trails / Red Cliffs State ParkBiking trails: paved or extremeLaundry and Shower FacilitiesPicnic area and playgrounds / Gazebo JOIN IN THE FUN! - Register Now! *Special Thanks to Jack Conrad for the use of his rally templates* Questions & additional information contact:Michael or Christi HargisManagersSt George RV ResortAn ENCORE Resort5800 N. Old HWY 91Hurricane, UT 84737(435) 879-2212(435) 879-2422 Fax(435) 237-2322 Cell All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ALOHA Papa Bus

Its hard to believe its been a year since we saw Papa Bus. Now when I say Papa Bus I mean Papa and Donna Morgan. We got to spend some quality time with them and Bob, "Bob Of The North" and his wife Marilyn in Quartzsite, AZ last year at the "Q" Bus Rally. Sometimes when you 1st meet someone, you just know you will be friends for life and thats how we felt then and even more so now. About a month ago Christi got a call from Papa Bus that they were heading south from their home in Canada for their yearly vacation to the states. Christi told them that they must be our guests here in St. George, Utah. Papa called me from Az for directions and said they would be here on Thursday. A week ago, Thursday morning, I got a call from a Mark Morgan stating that they were in Lost Wages and they lost the directions to our resort. At this point I had no idea who Mark was and gave him directions like any other guest looking to stay at our resort. Then he said something about the bus running great or making good time in the bus and I realized it was "PAPA BUS". I got off the phone and told Christi they would be here in 3 or so hours. I have to admit I was excited! you know, to see the Bus. That afternoon the roar of a Detroit Diesel came in the drive. Christi said " Papa Bus is here!" I ran out to greet them like a little kid going to the candy store. It was so good to see them. I think Papa was a little taken back when I gave him a Big Hug. Then Donna got one. We had a great visit. We invited them over our house for dinner, we ate in town twice, had coffee and talked every chance we got. I wish Donna was not so hard on our car door handles. She tore one right off the door, handed it to me and said " This handle is Defective!". So I told her from now on I would open the car doors for her as if she were the Queen herself. Papa Bus only stayed for 3 days, Way to short if you ask me! They stopped for coffee and goodbyes on their way north. We talked about next years visit and of putting together a "After Q Rally" here in St. George. Sad to see them go. Its hard to believe its been a year since we saw Papa Bus.
ALOHA Papa Bus, until next year my friends, we will miss you.
All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/
Pictures are of Papa Bus in front of our home in Leeds, Ut

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone. May this year be the best of all. All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hello all, Christi and I are now living in St. George, Utah. We were transferred from San Diego to mgt. a RV Resort for Western Horizons in April. In early July the Resort was sold to Equity Life Style and became a ENCORE Resort. We were offered the mtg. job and took it. We now have a house in Leeds, Utah that is 4 mins. from the park. Things are going well for us, our son Jared has moved back back here and is doing great in his new school. We plan to stay here until he is done with school. Mrs Jones is sitting on a space at the resort without her furniture. We removed all of it to put in the house. This will be a good time to change somethings in the ole' girl. We built a small stage in the resort clubhouse and are currently doing our show every other Sat. during the season that will end on Dec. 1st. Off season we stay open but we will have time to do a few shows down south. We hope that some of our friends will come by to see us. All the Best, Michael & Christi See our other Blog;http://michaelhargisshow.blogspot.com/