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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Brian Setzer Discusses Gear, Instrumental Album with Guitar Aficionado

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King of rockabilly Brian Setzer recently chatted with Guitar Aficionado about his instrumental masterpiece Setzer Goes Instru-Mental and all the gear he used to record it.

“I didn’t start off wanting to do a purely instrumental record,” Setzer tells Guitar Aficionado. “When I started writing songs for this record, I quickly completed six or seven songs with vocals. All of a sudden, I started fooling around with the melody chords that became the foundation for my version of ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’”

“Blue Moon of Kentucky” is the opening track on the album, which was released in April 2011. It is one of a handful of covers featured on the record, complementing Setzer’s masterful rockabilly/jazz-infused originals.

Setzer recorded the tracks almost entirely on his signature model Gretsch and Gretsch Hot Rod guitar, and tells the magazine that the Gretsch tone can’t be beat.

“For the rockin’ stuff, I’ve never been able to beat that Gretsch tone,” he told Guitar Aficionado. “I bought my first Gretsch 6120 when I was a kid. When I plugged it into my Bassman amp I went, ‘There it is!’ That was the sound I was looking for.’”

Read the entire interview on GuitarAficionado.com, and visit Brian Setzer’s website here.

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Martucci Tributes Gretsch With Tat

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Not that he had a ton of blank space on his heavily-inked arms, but Thousand Watt Stare guitarist Christian Martucci recently paid tribute to a prominent part of his instrument arsenal with this Gretsch logo. Check out the iconic Gretsch symbol freshly tattooed on his right wrist.

Martucci, who has played with Dee Dee Ramone and and Corey Taylor of Slipknot, formed his band along with bassist Pat Kim and drummer Dylan Howard in 2010.  Fellow guitarist Trevor Howard was added earlier this year.

You can hear Thousand Watt Stare’s brand of heavy rock with their debut full-length album Silver Dimes.

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Guitar World Interviews Joe Robinson

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Gretsch artist Joe Robinson was interviewed in the September issue of Guitar World magazine, where he appears sporting his beloved G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

The 21-year-old Aussie prodigy tells the magazine that music-making has been in his family, but that he really picked up his chops via YouTube by listening to a variety of artists.

“Anything that caught my ear – Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Mark Knopfler – I’d get on the computer and figure it out,” Robinson tells Guitar World. “I was voracious, and I still am.”

To read the entire article, get your copy of Guitar World here.

Visit Joe Robinson’s website here.

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Steve Alba Drops by Gretsch Showroom

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Legendary skateboarder Steve Alba cruised by the Artist Showroom in Burbank, Calif., earlier today to check out some Gretsch guitars.

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Watch New Video from Never Shout Never

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Gretsch artists Never Shout Never released the video for new single “Time Travel,” the title track of their recently released album.  The clip features a pretty sweet Gretsch G6118T guitar and a Gretsch 125th Anniversary drum kit.

Enjoy …

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