Posted: January 24, 2015
There is admittedly an endless amount of eye candy all across the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., this week, but let’s be real … Gretsch guitars are gorgeous!
Here are 5 Gretsch guitars to drool over …
Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup
Built by Master Builder Steve Stern, this Custom Shop axe is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock. Oh, and it comes with a belt buckle to wear and an alligator leather strap, too!
A veritable holy grail among classic electric guitar aficionados, the Gretsch White Penguin combines the gold and glitter of the Falcon with the sleek style of the Duo Jet.
The G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body is now available in a special limited edition model with a beautiful quilt maple top. All the other special touches are still there, too.
The flagship Chet Atkins Hollow Body has never before been offered in alluring Cadillac Green. Until now. The limited edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body LTD Cadillac Green is an elegantly verdant version of the quintessential modern 6120, with gold appointments that complete its refined look and style.
1955 Gretsch Custom Shop White Falcon with Red Sparkle Binding
What a beauty! Another Steve Stern custom-build, this White Falcon feature a red sparkle pickguard with matching binding. Numerous authorized Custom Shop dealers engaged in a bidding war during the 2015 NAMM Show for this one.
Posted: January 23, 2015
Watch this video for a quick tour around the Gretsch booth at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Posted: January 23, 2015
In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.
“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”
Posted: January 19, 2015
With a new album called American Beauty/American Psycho coming out this week, Fall Out Boy have been rocking the promotional cycle.
Last week, that tour ran through the BBC Radio 1 studios, where the band talked with host Fearne Cotton and performed a few songs.
One of those tracks was quite a surprise, as Fall Out Boy tackled “Uptown Funk,” the hit single from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
Watch below as Fall Out Boy brings out their inner Stevie Wonder for “Uptown Funk.”
Posted: January 14, 2015
The craftsmen in the Gretsch Custom Shop have taken yet another step towards making the most historically accurate Gretsch guitars they can.
Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and his team searched far and wide for an original tailpiece that could serve as a template for the new models.
“I’ve been changing some of our parts to be more vintage correct to elevate our guitars to a higher level,” Stern said. “I’ve been wanting to work on the tailpiece for a long time. The hardest part was finding an original; that took a lot of time.”
Stern thought he had someone willing to let him borrow an original tailpiece in early 2014, but that fell through once the Gretsch enthusiast got nervous about lending the rare part out.
Luckily, Stern heard from Naoaki Toyofuku of Thrill on the String, a dealer in Japan with an incredible collection of vintage Gretsch guitars.
“He was kind enough to send me a couple tailpieces almost a year ago,” Stern explained. “I had to get them drawn up by our research and development department, and then we got a 3D print of the parts. Then, it was off to the manufacturer.”
What came out of the process is a non-symmetrical long and short version of the tailpiece that will go on the White Falcons and White Penguins, in addition to a symmetrical long and short version for Falcons and Penguins that are in custom colors. All are vintage correct.
“But if a customer wants to order a White Penguin with a symmetrical tailpiece, for example, we can do it,” Stern was quick to add.
Last year, Stern finished work on new vintage-correct knobs for White Falcons and Penguins, and the prodigious luthier said he is not yet finished in his quest for authenticity.
“The knobs were a pretty big project, and I have something that I’m working on for next year, but we’ll keep that under wraps for the time being,” he said. “We’ve gotta save some surprises!”
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