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Premier Guitar Reviews G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block

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Gretsch G5630T-CB

The Gretsch Center-Blocks continue to get love from the various music mags, including a great review recently from Premier Guitar.

“The 24.6″-scale 5620 is a shining example of how Gretsch’s Electromatic line has evolved over the last few years,” wrote reviewer Shawn Hammond. “What once seemed a dipping of the toes into entry-level waters has, in many ways, become a deep dive revealing impressive quality and beauty. Our review guitar came in a rich “rosa red” gloss-urethane finish through which you can subtly detect grains of the underlying maple spreading across the sumptuous arches and curves. The rosewood-topped maple neck features a 12.5″-radius fretboard inlaid with 22 remarkably clean, neatly dressed medium-jumbo frets. And peaking inside the cat’s-eye soundholes reveals straight, cleanly cut kerfing and no stray glue.”

In summary, PG had this to say:

“Gretsch’s beautiful G5620T-CB has so much going for it. For the price, it packs a serious punch in almost every category, from visual vibe to practical appointments, control flexibility, and ergonomics.”

Read the complete review here.

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Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Demo

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In this video clip, Doug Doppler demonstrates the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block. The interior solid spruce center block running the length of the guitar’s 1 ¾”-deep thinline-style body makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

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Hear AC/DC’s New ‘Rock or Bust’

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Classic rock giants AC/DC have released an official audio stream of “Rock or Bust,” the title track to their upcoming Dec. 2 album.

Coming in at just over three minutes, the anthemic tune features a stuttering rhythm guitar throughout and a bluesy solo by Angus Young at the midway point.

While the album does not feature Malcolm Young, who retired from the band due to dementia, its 11 songs credit both brothers. The songs were reportedly largely built by Angus from guitar hooks he and Malcolm accumulated while writing previous AC/DC records.

Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar in Malcolm’s stead on Rock or Bust. He will also be filling in for the elder Young on the group’s upcoming world tour in 2015.

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New Interpol Video for ‘My Desire’

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New York band Interpol recently released a new video for “My Desire,” which appears on fifth studio album El Pintor.

Directed by Markus Lundqvist, the band is seen playing in a dimly lit bar as a man drinks his sorrows away while flipping through photos of a woman.

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Gretsch Duo Jet Wins Guitar World‘s Platinum Award

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G6128T-1962 Duo Jet

Guitar World has bestowed its Platinum Award upon the Gretsch G6128t-1962 Duo Jet.

“Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early-90s rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck,” writes GW‘s Paul Riario. “Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.”

The Duo Jet appears in the November issue of Guitar World, and includes a full breakdown of this instrument’s feature set and a review of its performance.

“The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang,” sums up Riario.

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