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Guitar-Bass.Net Reviews the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup

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Guitar-Bass.net has posted a review of the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup, awarding it a 9 out of 10!

After a breakdown of its features, the reviewer offers an extensive download on its tonal qualities.

“Plugged into a small tweed combo, we’re again reminded how liberating a single-pickup guitar can be,” noted Guitar-Bass.net. “Naturally, given the pickup position at the end of the fretboard, there’s no shortage of bass – the low end is huge and sonorous, and suited particularly to open D tuning – but thankfully that doesn’t mean the high end is woolly; in fact, it’s as sweet or as biting as your right hand dictates.

“There’s a wide frequency separation between thumb and fingers when fingerpicking, and the New Yorker would make an excellent choice for solo live performers. The rosewood bridge lends character to the sound; dig in with a pick down at the bridge, into lots of spring reverb, and you’ll be rewarded with a woody lead voice that’s ideal for early 1960s Brit R&B.

“Despite its primitive appearance, the New Yorker does more than retro sounds; it would be equally at home in the context of latter-day Radiohead. Hollowbody construction means volume and gain bring feedback, but working with the limitations produces inspiring results – try using a looper to lay down clean chords, then play overdriven single-note lines on top, using swelling feedback for an Ebow-like effect.”

Read the entire review here!

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Carly Rae Jepsen Performs on Fallon

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By Hilary Brown

Carly Rae Jepsen recently stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and treated fans to “Run Away With Me,” the opening track off the pop star’s newly released, critically acclaimed sophomore album, Emotion.

The shamelessly addictive song and appearance, which aired last Wednesday, featured a Gretsch cameo as well—an equally tantalizing black G5655T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block guitar played by Tavish Crowe.

Watch the performance below.

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Port Mac Guitars Demos a Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody

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Port Mac GuitarsChris Haigh of Australian retailer Port Mac Guitars recently picked up a Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody to showcase some of the classic tones this beautiful guitar can achieve.

For the demo, Haigh plugged into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Combo, and you can check it out in full below.

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Tom Petersson’s Rock Your Speech

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Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and his wife Alison have launched Rock Your Speech, a music project inspired by their 7-year-old son Liam, who is working hard to overcome a speech disorder associated with autism spectrum disorder. After years of doing intensive speech therapy with Liam, the Petersson’s had the idea to incorporate speech and language lessons into rock music.

With Rock Your Speech, the Petersson’s mission is to inspire kids of all ages to find their voices through music.

The family has recorded an album and has turned to Pledge Music to help fund a music therapy package. Visit here to get the album and check out a variety of exclusive merchandise options, including a chance to get one of Petersson’s autographed basses.

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GAK Music Demos a Gretsch G6128T Duo Jet

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Gretsch GAK Music

Gretsch/Fender Product Education Specialist Damon Chivers recently hooked up with a representative from GAK Music in the U.K. to run through a G6128T Duo Jet with Bigsby and a G6128T-GH George Harrison signature Duo Jet.

The demo was truly informative, as each guitar has its share of sonic differences, namely in the Filter’Tron pickups in the G6128T Duo Jet as compared to the single-coil DynaSonic pickups in the Harrison model.

“We always say, ‘That great Gretsch sound,’ but it’s absolutely true,” said Chivers. “There is nothing else that sounds like them. Whether it’s the classic rockabilly, the Chet [Atkins] thing, or the Beatles, or whatever, it’s an all-around great-sounding guitar.”

Learn more in the video below.

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