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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Photos from Abbey Road on the River

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Over the Labor Day weekend, Gretsch Guitars co-sponsored the annual “Abbey Road on the River” festival—the world’s largest Beatles-inspired Music Festival. Located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on the spectacular shores of the Potomac River, the festival featured more than 50 bands performing on eight stages, an indoor showcase display that presented thousands of historical and collectible items, including seldom-seen photos, volumes of books documenting every step of the band’s evolution, and Gretsch’s meticulous replica of George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet guitar, which he played early in the band’s career, including the Cavern days.

The American Red Cross received 40 percent of the revenue generated from tickets purchased through a special website and $5 from every ticket sold at the box office during the five-day festival. Gretsch also generously donated two guitars that netted over $5,000 for the Red Cross. More details here.

Enjoy some photos from the festival in our slideshow below.

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Dhani Harrison Jams with Pearl Jam

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Dhani Harrison of thenewno2 and Fistful of Mercy joined Pearl Jam onstage in Alpine Valley Wisconsin over the Labor Day weekend to help perform “State of Love and Trust.” Check him out on his G6129T-1957 Silver Jet™.

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Vintage Guitar Features Gretsch 6134 White Penguin

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The online August edition of Vintage Guitar magazine features the Gretsch 6134 White Penguin, viewed by many collectors as the “holy grail of Gretsch instruments.”

According to Vintage Guitar, it is estimated that only a few dozen of these rare beauties were produced between the year they were introduced in 1955 to 1964 when they were discontinued.

The article provides a rundown of the model’s history, along with unique specs that offer an added value to this vintage collectible.

To learn more about the Gretsch 6134 White Penguin, read the entire article on Vintage Guitar here.

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1967 Gretsch Sam Goody Model Review

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Guitar Aficionado’s Chris Gill reviewed the 1967 Gretsch Sam Goody Model on the online July/Aug issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine.

“The Sam Goody Model, which is essentially a Rally with a sunburst finish, stands out for having one truly unique feature: its undeniably cool, stylized, space-age-looking G-shaped sound holes,” he says.

In addition to breaking down the “pristine” instrument, Gill retraces the history of the limited runs of custom Gretsch models during the mid-Sixties.

Click here to read the entire review.

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Fountains of Wayne Perform on Fallon

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Fountains of Wayne showed some serious Gretsch love during a recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Watch the web exclusive video below of the band performing “Survival Car,” off new album Sky Full of Holes.

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