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Cult Guitarist Billy Duffy & his MANY Gretsch White Falcons

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Photos by Michael Schulz

Gretsch recently caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy at Ocean Way Recording studio in Los Angeles, where the British post-punk band is currently recording a new album with producer Chris Goss. The record will be their first since 2007′s Born into This.

Looks like his Gretsch White Falcon guitars will be prominently featured on the new album.


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Music Radar Lists 15 Gretsch Electric Guitar Stars

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Photo by: George Chin

Music Radar put together a of list of acclaimed Gretsch-wielding artists, ranging from rockabilly pioneers to new-wave metallers.

Below are some of the names on the list…

- Eddie Cochran. This rockabilly pioneer only ever played his Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow-body during his all-too brief life and career, and was recently honored with a 6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollow Body model.

- Bo Diddley. Known for his energetic performances, numerous contributions to rock ‘n’ roll and his distinctive G5810 Bo Diddley model, Bo Diddley is true icon and a true Gretsch aficionado.

- Malcom Young. The AC/DC Gretsch-wielding guitarist received his first Gretsch, a 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird,  from his brother George. Over the years, he added White Falcon guitars to the mix and eventually received his own Gretsch signature model.

See who else made Music Radar’s list here.

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Bridges Performs on The Colbert Report

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Watch Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges perform “Maybe I Missed the Point” on The Colbert Report. The track is featured on his newly released album, Jeff Bridges.

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Rancid Rehearse for Tour with Blink-182

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Tim Armstrong rocking his signature Gretsch guitar. Photo by Michael Schulz

Gretsch caught up with Rancid at Center Staging in Burbank, Calif., as they rehearsed for their upcoming run of shows with Blink-182. The two-week run in support of Blink-182 (also featuring Against Me and My Chemical Romance) kicks off on Aug. 25 in Winnipeg and wraps on Sept. 4 in Denver. Immediately following, the punk rock outfit will headline four shows of their own.

Tour dates available here.

Rancid has been taking an extended break for the last 18 months, but plan to return to the studio after the tour to record their eighth studio album with Brett Gurewitz.

“We thought that these shows would help us to get our chops up before going into the studio,” the band states on their official website. “It’s always good for us to go out and play some shows, just to get us ready before going into the studio, and that helps bring that live energy to tape.”

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Jeff Bridges Releases Solo Album

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Actor Jeff Bridges today releases his new solo eponymous album. The 11-song country effort was produced by T-Bone Burnett.

To celebrate the release, Bridges and his band appeared on the Today show to discuss the album and perform its track “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do.”

Gretsch has teamed up with Bridges for a giveaway that features an autographed replica of the G6122-1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar the actor is seen playing in the clip below. Enter the contest here.

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