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Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons Discusses Gretsch Resonator in Sunday

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Sally Fitzgibbons is one of the top surfers in the world, but the Australian also has many other interests.

One of them is playing the guitar, as she recently revealed in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine.  In a feature titled “My Favourite Things,” Fitzgibbons talked about her Gretsch Roots Collection resonator, noting that, “This is the most recent addition to my guitar collection. I don’t travel with it, but I love playing when I’m back; it helps me relax.”

For more information, check out Fitzgibbons’ Facebook page here and read the full piece here.

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Fred & Dinah Gretsch Celebrate Wedding Anniversary and 130th Gretsch Anniversary

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Several Gretsch fans, friends, family members and business associates converged on Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, Ga., earlier this month to celebrate the company’s 130th anniversary.

But the March 4 party was also celebrating the wedding anniversary of Fred and Dinah Gretsch, marking a truly joyous event.

A few artists were on hand, as well.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard Smith and Julie Adams got the musical festivities started, with Smith showing off his fingerpicking prowess as Adams accompanied him on the cello.

Joe Robinson was up next, and his set with bassist Marcelo Bakos and drummer Tito Pascoali offered a diverse offering of original music highlighting the Australian-born phenom’s guitar heroics.

After a brief break Robinson and Smith teamed up for an impromptu jam session, as the musicians took turns taking the lead on their Gretsch guitars.  A finale of the Chet Atkins instrumental was certainly a crowd favorite.

To view a photo album of the event, click here, and watch Fred Gretsch address the audience in the videos below, in addition to performance footage of Robinson and Smith.

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GretschTech: The Baldwin Era

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Late Baldwin-era models: (left to right) The oddly proportioned Roc Jet and Country Roc, and the bizarre TK300 appear in the 1979 Gretsch catalog.

Every once in a while when exploring the Gretsch world, you’ll run across mention of the “Baldwin era” or the “Baldwin years.” What does this term refer to?

Generally speaking, people use it to refer to Gretsch in the 1970s. More specifically, however, it refers to the period when the Baldwin Piano Company owned Gretsch, which was substantially longer—from summer 1967 to early 1985.

The Baldwin era is a much-maligned period in Gretsch history. The term is often used in an unflattering light to denote generally neglectful Baldwin rule that resulted in a decline in quality, unpopular new instruments, corporate upheaval and dwindling sales that ultimately led to Gretsch guitar production being shut down altogether in 1981.

Gretsch had been a family-run company ever since Friedrich Gretsch founded it in New York in 1883. But in the mid 1960s, then-president Fred Gretsch Jr. purportedly found himself with no heir interested in running the company and decided to sell. Baldwin, riding high at the time and spurred by its 1965 acquisition of U.K. guitar maker Burns, sought to acquire an established U.S. guitar maker and duly turned its attention to Gretsch. The sale was completed on July 31, 1967.

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Depeche Mode Drops Video for Bluesy ‘Goodbye’

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Depeche Mode has been releasing black-and-white performance clips for several songs off their latest album Delta Machine, and the recent video for “Goodbye” is no different.

The group is depicted inside a sparse room with big windows that reveals a city skyline as they run through the bluesy number.

Watch the band in action after the jump and visit their official website for a list of 2013 tour dates. (more…)

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Victory Lands New Cadillac Commercial

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Los Angeles-based artist Robert Fleming has a new full-length album out under the name of his latest project Victory, and one track from Victory is Music has been getting serious airplay in a new Cadillac commercial.

The spot is titled “Headphones” and features a teen boy listening to Victory’s “Bad Man” on his headphones as he jumps into his father’s new car.  The boy is asked to take off his headphones, but doesn’t miss a beat of his music with the Cadillac XTS’ ability to sync playlists from mobile devices.

The entire album – much of which was recorded with Fleming’s Gretsch G6117T-HT Anniversary – features a retro vibe and gritty rock and roll foundation.

Check out Victory’s “Headphones” commercial below and visit his official website for more information.

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