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Gretsch Guitars Catches up with Billy Duffy at SXSW

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Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …

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Band Of Skulls Rock Showdown At Cedar Street

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U.K. rockers Band of Skulls came out smoking at FILTER Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street on Thursday, rocking the South by Southwest crowd with fan favorites and new sure-to-be-hits.

Opening with “Sweet Sour,” the title track off their well-received 2012 release, guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson snarled through the song with crunchy riffs that had the audience’s collective heads nodding.

With drummer Matt Hayward destroying his kit as the clouds broke and the sun shone down on the ivy-lined Cedar Street courtyard, Band of Skulls launched into what Marsden called “the loudest and fastest song we have” with “You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On.”

Band of Skulls also ran through “I Know What I Am” and a guitar-pounding version of “Light Of The Morning” off their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, with Marsden pulling out a gold Gretsch Anniversary and a White Falcon.

They also played new single “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own.”

For more information and to find a list of tour dates, visit Band of Skulls’ official Facebook page.

And check out footage of “I Know Who I Am” in the video below:

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Robert Rodriguez Hosts SXSW Showcase

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Famed indie film director Robert Rodriguez and his technology partner AMD hosted a  SXSW Showcase Tuesday night at the ACL Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

Rodriguez revealed his plans to launch a production company called Quickdraw Animation, with two feature-film projects already in the works, and announced a filmmaking contest in partnership with AMD.

Logos for his recently announced El Rey Network were also prominently on display. The new Comcast television network will be designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Latino producers, celebrities and public figures.

Tuesday night’s event was also a Latin-fused rock affair with Tito and Tarantula and Chingon taking the stage.

Rodgriguez, rocking a brand new Gretsch Electromatic guitar, performed with both bands, and even took the time to introduce each song and explain why and how he used them in his movies. Scenes from some of those films —  DesperadoFrom Dusk Till Dawn and Machete — aired on a large screen behind the bands during their performances.

Tito and Tarantula’s David Garza on his Gretsch …

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Premier Guitar Spotlights 1957 Gretsch Rancher

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The March issue of Premier Guitar put a spotlight on the 1957 Gretsch 6022 Rancher that shone with a flashy Golden Red finish.

Some of the interesting qualities of the model include an extremely figured maple back and sides, large triangular rosewood bridge supporting an adjustable rosewood saddle, a “G” brand, and a pearloid humped-block fretboard inlays (replacing the original block inlays engraved with cow and cactus designs),

Premier Guitar also noted that the Rancher was strummed by Paul Peek of Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps in the classic 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It.

Read the full story behind this classic instrument here.

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Billy Duffy Hints At Signature Model

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Billy Duffy from iconic British rocker band The Cult recently sat down for an extensive interview with MusicRadar to talk about his band’s upcoming album – Choice of Weapon – his relationship with singer Ian Astbury and, of course, his love of the Gretsch White Falcon.

But Duffy also caused a stir when he hinted that he and Gretsch are developing a signature model of his favorite guitar.

“You know, I’m not a hoarder of guitars. I’ve got a few Gretsches, and they’re all good, working guitars,” Duffy said.  ”I don’t use them all the time, but I use them when I can. It’s a pretty big thing, you know, the Gretsch – it’s heavy.

“And we’re working on a signature model, too, so that’ll be something nice to look forward to.”

Duffy admitted that he had eyed Gretsch products for a long time, and once he had the capital to purchase one, there was no questioning what direction he was going.

“The Gretsch thing was just a search for a different sound, something unique. And what brought it into focus was when I went to see Bow Wow Wow. I kind of knew those guys a little bit, but seeing Matthew Ashman with that Gretsch… I was transfixed. I said, ‘If I get any money, I’m buying a Gretsch.’

“Soon after, I got in the band Theatre Of Hate, and ironically, the singer played a Gretsch. He had an odd-green model, with the pickup by the neck – it was great.

“He asked me one day what kind of guitar I was going to play, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a job now, don’t I? I’m buying a Gretsch!’  Took all my money and got the double cutaway.”

Read the full interview with Duffy here.

The Cult is performing at the SXSW Music Festival on March 17, and Choice of Weapon is due out May 22.  For a download of lead single “Lucifer,” check out the band’s official website.

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