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Monthly Archives: January 2012

OK Go’s New Video to Feature Massive Amounts of Gretsch Gear

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OK Go’s latest music video, “Needing/Getting,” is set to premiere this weekend on Super Bowl Sunday and from the teaser below, it appears it’s going to be yet another viral sensation. Filmed with Chevy, the video teaser reveals that 288 instruments were used in its making. Specifically, 148 black Gretsch G5105 Electromatic CVT III guitars and 140 red Gretsch G5103 Electromatic CVT III guitars were used in the video, as well as 67 Gretsch G5222 Electromatic Compact amps.

So enjoy the trailer below, and then tune in Sunday for the full video. If you happen to miss the big game, the video will also air afterwards on http://www.LetsDoThis.com.

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Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody Donates Signed Gretsch

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Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody is looking to raise some serious cash to help youngster Vanessa Riddle’s battle with cancer.

As such, the singer is donating a signed Gretsch guitar as part of a bid to drum up £500,000 to send the 11-year-old for lifesaving surgery in the US, according to the Daily Record.

Lightbody originally became aware of the situation when he met Vanessa and her sister Olivia backstage at a show.

“It’s a big sum of money Vanessa has to try and raise and we’re trying to help as much as possible,” Lightbody told the paper.

“I hope on the right night at the right auction that people will spend a lot on the guitar.”

For more information about the Irish rockers, visit their official website.

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A Conversation With Duane Eddy

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At the 2012 Gretsch Showcase at NAMM, guitar legend Duane Eddy was a hit, whether it was his two packed autograph signings, the countless pictures he took with fans, or his chance meeting with metal god Alice Cooper.

Through the insanity of NAMM, GretschGuitars.com got a chance to chat with Eddy about seeing Cooper and his 2011 album, Road Trip, which featured contributions by Pulp’s Richard Hawley.

GretschGuitars.com: How do you know Alice Cooper?

Eddy: “Believe it or not, that was the first time I met him.  I knew of him for many, many years.  He’s also from Phoenix, where I started my recording career.”

What did you guys talk about?

“He said he records in Nashville, and he said, ‘I’d love to have you on my alum.’  I said I’d be honored.  How ‘bout that?   Two Arizona boys.”

Road Trip was your first album in a long time! How did you meet up with Richard Hawley?

“I got connected with Richard through his manager.  [The manager] talked about managing me, and I said, ‘What can you do?  I’m old and done.’  He said, ‘I don’t think you are.  I’d like to put some dates together.’  I told him to take his best shot.  Next thing you know, he was calling me over to promote the dates.”

What was the recording process like?

“When I was over there doing the dates, Graham [Betts, manager] lamented the fact that we had no budget and no songs, so we decided to do an album.   We went out to the studio in Sheffield with the rest of the group, and the rest is history.   We all just started coming up with ideas and wrote what we liked.

“I couldn’t believe the final product.  It really sounded good.  I went back in 2011, and it was amazing how the fans took to it.”

Did this record light the fire to record again?

“It was really fun, because it was like going back to the old days in Phoenix where I started.  It was like recording live in the studio.

“Who knows?  It’s critically acclaimed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we can do another one.  But I’d like to.  They kind of surprised me before, and I didn’t have any time to think about it.  Now, I’d like another go.”

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Brian Setzer Announces Three-Night Run At The Hollywood Bowl

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Three-time Grammy-winner Brian Setzer recently announced a history-making run at the Hollywood Bowl for three consecutive nights this September.

For the first time ever, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Sept. 14-16.

For more information, visit hollywoodbowl.com.

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Country Music Hall Of Fame To Hold Chet Atkins Concert Screening

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This Sunday at 2 p.m., the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will screen a legendary concert film featuring Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed from 1992.

Taped at the Bottom Line, the duo scheduled the show after putting out a Grammy Award-winning album titled Sneakin’ Around.

The two finger-style guitar giants banter on stage and play such tunes as “Waltz for the Lonely,” “Vincent,” “Three Little Words.”

Fellow guitarists Pat Bergeson and Paul Yandell also contribute to the concert.

The screening is being held as part of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibit.

For more information, visit the exhibit’s website, and view part of the Atkins and Reed show below:

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