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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Guitar Player Features Q&A With Paul Pigat

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Guitar Player magazine’s September issue features a Q&A with Gretsch artist Paul Pigat.

Although known mostly as a rockabilly artist, Pigat can play anything from jazz to punk music.

“I love it, and it’s been the thing I’ve done the longest, but I wouldn’t call it defining,” says Pigat of rockabilly.

The Gretsch-wielding player also explains that his gear preference depends on what genre he’s playing.

“If I’m doing rockabilly, then Gretsch is usually my first call,” he tells the magazine. Specifically, Pigat’s model of choice is the two-tone Gretsch G6196TSP-2G Country Club played through his Gretsch Excecutive Amp.

Pigat currently has a handful of shows on the books in his native Canada. Check out tour dates here and visit Guitar Player here to read the full article.

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Portugal. The Man Perform on Conan

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Indie rockers Portugal. The Man made their national television debut last night on Conan, performing “So American,” the opening track to summer 2011′s In the Mountain in the Cloud.

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Guitar World Praises Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Guitar World recently posted part two of “10 female guitarists you should know.” Making this list is pioneering gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Tharpe rose to great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her blend of gospel music and rock and roll.

As GW notes, ”No one can deny that Brian Setzer’s fancy fingerwork on his Gretsch hollowbodies is certainly a sight to behold, but it’s hard to match the sheer brilliance of the videos of Sister Rosetta Tharpe going to town on her Gibson SG and Gretsch hollowbodies.”

Watch below as she preaches the gospel at a performance in France in 1960 …

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Premier Guitar Traces History of Gretsch Duo Jets

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Premier Guitar‘s September issue features a Gretsch “Holy Grail Jet” on its cover and a historical piece inside the issue on the genesis of the Gretsch Duo Jet.  The piece is written by Gretsch authority Ed Ball, who wrote Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar.

It’s a great read as it unearths several of the subtle nuances of the Duo Jet, which debuted in 1953.

Click here to read the piece, but first, let’s test your own knowledge of the Duo Jet.

How many units comprised the debut 1953 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet batch?

What is the identifying feature of these debut-batch Duo Jets?

The serial numbers of his batch ranged from what to what?


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Watch Portugal. The Man’s Rooftop Performance

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Watch below as Portugal. The Man takes to a rooftop to perform “People Say” as part of Nokia N8 Summer Sessions.

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