Author Archives: Chrissy Mauck
Posted: April 18, 2014
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gretsch Custom Shop, here’s a fascinatingly detailed close-up look at its inner workings. Set to a swinging Gretsch soundtrack, watch as master luthier Stephen Stern and the GCS team expertly execute each step in crafting the finest of Gretsch’s finest—from fashioning bodies, necks and fingerboards to finishing and detailing, and from electronics and hardware installation to final assembly, setup and inspection.
Posted: April 7, 2014
Lafayette, La., band Brass Bed was recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series, where the four guys played a few songs off their debut album The Secret Will Keep You.
The self-described “wide-eyed pop dreamers” were unfortunately the recent victims of theft. Despite having most of their touring gear stolen from their van, they’ve held true to their optimism.
“While we’ve not found the stolen equipment, through donations by friends, family, fans, and aid by Chicago Music Exchange, and Fender/Gretsch Guitars, we’ve replaced nearly everything lost,” the band wrote on their Tumblr account. “My friends, this is a miracle not of modern technology, but of human love and compassion. In the past 36 hours, the wave of generosity we’ve received from you has nearly drowned us. It’s given us more than just our gear back. It’s given us a renewed faith in the basic goodness of people around the country, a renewed fervor to continue our craft, and a desire to do good for others.
“Losing your guitar is material. Even at the lowest emotional point of this event, we were still a lucky bunch of guys. We had our health, our families, each other, and even few guitar amps left. We want you to know that the relative insignificance of our loss is not itself lost on us; even if we didn’t recover or replace that equipment we’d still be a lucky bunch of guys.”
Watch the band perform the short set for NPR below, featuring one of their new instruments — a Gretsch Electromatic Center-Block.
Posted: March 11, 2014
Performer magazine has posted an online review of the Gretsch G9311 New Yorker Supreme A/E Mandolin, calling it a “stunner.”
“The New Yorker Supreme sports a classy sunburst matte finish (what Gretsch calls ‘antique semi-gloss’) and a user-friendly Fishman M300 ‘Nashville’ piezo-ceramic pickup,” notes reviewer Benjamin Ricci. “Purists, fear not! The pickup is remarkably clear and musical, delivering a much more natural acoustic tone when plugged in than you might be used to in the acoustic/electric realm. In our tests, gone were the somewhat shrill highs other A/E instruments can sometimes (frustratingly) ‘feature.’”
The praise continues — from its feature set to playability to affordability.
“In fact, so good is this instrument that we’re stumped to think of anything negative to say about it,” sums up Ricci.
Posted: March 5, 2014
L.A.-based Americana band the Far West just released their sophomore album Any Day Now, and to promote the new effort, they’ve dropped a music video for the alt-country track “Bright Side.”
While the album was recorded at a vintage hot rod shop in Southern California, the band chose to film the video in a more traditional Americana venue.
“The Grand Ole Echo is a country and Americana music institution in Los Angeles,” said bassist Robert Black. “It’s been running every Sunday in the summers for almost a decade. We play it once a year, and we couldn’t believe no one had used it as a backdrop for a video yet. It’s got kind of a family vibe for us, and we wanted to try to capture that.”
Watch the video below and visit the Far West’s official website for more information.
Posted: February 20, 2014
Arctic Monkeys opened the 2014 BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night with an incendiary performance of “R U Mine?”. The band also took home top honors at the show, winning both Best British Group and British Album of the Year with 2013′s AM.
“That rock and roll, eh?” said frontman Alex Turner in his acceptance speech for the latter. “That rock and roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it. Don’t take that the wrong way, and invoice me for the microphone if you need to.”
The win for Brit Album of the Year marked the third time the band has won the award.