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5 Gretsch Guitars to Drool Over

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There is admittedly an endless amount of eye candy all across the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., this week, but let’s be real … Gretsch guitars are gorgeous!

Here are 5 Gretsch guitars to drool over …

Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup

Built by Master Builder Steve Stern, this Custom Shop axe is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock. Oh, and it comes with a belt buckle to wear and an alligator leather strap, too!

G6134 White Penguin

A veritable holy grail among classic electric guitar aficionados, the Gretsch White Penguin combines the gold and glitter of the Falcon with the sleek style of the Duo Jet.


G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body Limited Edition Quilted Maple

The G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body is now available in a special limited edition model with a beautiful quilt maple top. All the other special touches are still there, too.


Limited Edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body Cadillac Green

The flagship Chet Atkins Hollow Body has never before been offered in alluring Cadillac Green. Until now. The limited edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body LTD Cadillac Green is an elegantly verdant version of the quintessential modern 6120, with gold appointments that complete its refined look and style.

1955 Gretsch Custom Shop White Falcon with Red Sparkle Binding

What a beauty! Another Steve Stern custom-build, this White Falcon feature a red sparkle pickguard with matching binding. Numerous authorized Custom Shop dealers engaged in a bidding war during the 2015 NAMM Show for this one.  


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Tour the Gretsch NAMM Booth

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Watch this video for a quick tour around the Gretsch booth at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

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Brian Setzer Discusses his Relationship with Gretsch

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In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.

“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”

View the all-new Gretsch Brian Setzer signature models here.

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Lera Lynn Performs on Letterman

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Lera Lynn

Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Lera Lynn appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this week, performing “Out to Sea.” The tune is the opening track to Lynn’s album, The Avenues, which dropped in September 2014.

Although frequently categorized as Americana, folk, or country, Lynn headed into Joshua Grange’s studio in Los Angeles to record an album without genre limitations.

“I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” she said.  “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”

Watch Lynn and her talented band, including Grange on pedal steel and guitarist Ben Lewis, in the Letterman clip below.

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Bono Fears He Might Not Play Guitar Again

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Bono opened up about his Central Park bike crash in November 2014 in an A to Z post on New Year’s Day on U2′s website.

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” he wrote. “I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

The 54-year old singer underwent multiple surgeries, the first of which lasted five hours.

“The elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws,” said orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich. And while the doctor anticipated a full recovery, Bono is not so sure.

Under I for Irish Pride, he writes, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.

“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”

This was certainly sad news to read, and we wish Bono the best. We also encourage any U2 fans to read the full A to Z post as it touches on his family, bandmates, religion, iTunes, Jimmy Fallon and more.

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