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Tom Keifer Plays Solo Tune on Letterman

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Tom Keifer might be better known as the frontman of 1980s bluesy metal band Cinderella, but the singer/songwriter recently dropped a solo album with 14 rocking new tracks.

Keifer recently stopped by the set of The Late Show with David Letterman to play his opening single “Solid Ground,” which shows his affinity for the blues.

The album (Merovee Records) also features acoustic tracks and shades of rock and country.

Check out his performance on Letterman after the jump and visit Keifer’s official website to pick up a copy of The Way Life Goes.

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Nick 13 Releases Video for ‘Nighttime Sky’

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Nick 13 conjures up the spirits of California country music in his recent video for “Nighttime Sky,” which comes off his self-titled debut album.

The Tiger Army frontman strolls down Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood and even passes the former Palomino Club as stars twinkle in the dark sky overhead.

Watch the video below and visit his official website for more information.

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GretschTech: Understanding Modern Gretsch Serial Numbers

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Serial Numbers
Even if this headstock didn’t say “Made in Japan,” the “J” that begins the serial number indicates that it was.

The serial number on your modern Gretsch guitar or bass contains specific information about where and when it was made. This allows you to accurately date a modern Gretsch guitar by its serial number.

By modern, by the way, we mean since 2003, which is when Gretsch serial numbering took its current form. Various other serial numbering systems existed before then that stretch far back into Gretsch history—all the way back to the very earliest Gretsch guitars of the 1930s. We’ll cover those older serial numbering systems in another installment.

As for the present, the modern system is quite simple. Gretsch serial numbers typically appear on the back of the headstock and begin with a two-letter prefix code indicating the country of origin and specific manufacturing facility, followed by numbers indicating year and month of manufacture and sequential order of manufacture.

“JT” is most common among the several two-letter country/factory prefixes, signifying Japan (J) and its Terada (T) factory. Others are “CS” (U.S. Custom Shop), “CY” (China, Yako facility), “JD” (Japan, Dyna Gakki facility), “JF” (Japan, Fuji-Gen Gakki facility), “KP” (Korea, Peerless facility) and “KS” (Korea, Samick/SPG facility).

After the two-letter prefix, two digits designate the year of manufacture; the next two designate the month of manufacture, and the remaining four digits designate the instrument’s sequential number among all models built that year. Of those last four sequential-order digits, 0001 through 0100 designate prototype and one-off models, sample instruments and other special instruments; 0101 through 9999 designate all regular production models.

For example then, a modern Gretsch serial number such as “JT07115922” would indicate that the instrument was built in Japan (J) at the Terada factory (T); that it was built in 2007 (07) in November (11); and that it was the 5,922nd production-model instrument made that year. Similarly, “JT12030040” would indicate a non-regular-production instrument built in March 2012 at the Terada factory in Japan, and that it was the 40th among the special-run instruments made that year.

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Richard Hawley Remembers His First Gretsch

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English singer, songwriter and producer Richard Hawley has a long history with Gretsch, from listening to Eddie Cochran as a kid to his days playing with the legendary Pulp to his current career as a solo artist.

Hawley recently sat down to talk about his Gretsch love affair in the interview below.

Visit Hawley’s official website for more information.

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The Computers Stop By Virgin’s Red Room

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Hailing from Exeter in the U.K., the Computers have garnered a lot of buzz with their 2013 album Love Triangles Hate Squares.

The quintet’s catchy mix of punk and rock was recently featured in a Red Room session from Richard Branson’s Virgin.com.

Donning their signature burgundy suits, the Computers turned in an electric version of “Mr. Saturday Night,” the latest single off their new record.

Check out their rockin’ performance below and visit the Computers’ official Facebook page for more information.

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