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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Collective Souls Ed Roland Visits Gretsch Booth

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Over the weekend, Collective Soul singer Ed Roland checked out the Gretsch booth at the 2011 Gretsch Showcase in Anaheim, Calif, explaining that in recent years he has become a huge fan of our White Falcon. So much so that when a young kid was eyeing one, Roland pulled it off the wall, handed it to the kid and told his father, “There’s no way he can go wrong with that guitar.”

Roland is planning a new Collective Soul album for 2011, but in the meantime, click here and enjoy their #1 classic hit “Shine.”


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2011 Gretsch Showcase: More Artist Sightings

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The Gretsch Showcase, with its colorful and stylishly designed guitars, seems to be an eye-stopper every year at the NAMM show in Anaheim, Cali.

Below are some photos of just a few of the musicians who stopped by to check out the goods …

Country western singer/guitarist Lynda Kay with Kim Falcon.


Neon Trees bassist Branden Campbell stops to test out a Gretsch bass.

Airborne Toxic Event drummer Daren Taylor came through the showcase sporting our Gretsch “Since 1883″ field bag.

And thanks to the stunning display featuring the Gretsch Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet guitar and other Harrison memorabilia, the Gretsch booth proved to be an even larger attraction in 2011.

For instance, although Keith Urban was on his way to the Fender Custom Shop booth, he couldn’t help but notice the Harrison display. The country superstar stopped and watched the nearly four-minute long video, also available now here, that tells the story behind and making of this unique guitar.

Rest assured, this was a repeated occurrence throughout the weekend  because as beloved as the Beatles and George Harrison are, the tribute model quite simply stole the show!

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2011 Gretsch Showcase Photos

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Enjoy this photo gallery from the 2011 Gretsch Showcase in Anaheim, Calif.

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Paul Pigat Performs at the 2011 Gretsch Showcase

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Gretsch artist Paul Pigat of Cousin Harley entertained the guests at the 2011 Gretsch Showcase. Since the Canadian guitar ace was going solo, he brought along some backing tracks on his mobile.

“These are actually my band tracks,” he explained. “I just stripped all the guitars off my records and figured I’d play along with them. So I’ll introduce Jesse Cahill and Keith Picot; they’re just shrunk down right now. It’s a lot easier to transport them this way.”

As well as playing his rockabilly tunes, Pigat paid tribute to one of his vocal influences, covering Bing Crosby’s “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?”

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Gretsch Unveils Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet

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Gretsch unveiled the Gretsch Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet last night at the 2011 Gretsch Showcase. Harrison’s son Dhani was on hand to celebrate the tribute model and enjoy the display in all of its splendor.

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