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Guitarist Awards High Praise to the new Gretsch Streamliner Guitars

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In its February 2016 issue, Guitarist magazine features an in-depth look at the new Streamliner collection, and also bestows their “Guitarist Choice” award upon the G2622 Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway.

“They look like Gretsch guitars and sound quite like them, too. But those prices? Gretsch opens its arms to the entry-level market and sets the bark impressively high,” notes reviewer Dave Burriuck.

One of the key features common among all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) is the new Broad’Tron humbucking pickup.

“These pickups have gone through extensive R&D specifically for these guitars,” said Gretsch’s Adam Bowden-Smith to Guitarist. “They’re punchy with a higher output, hotter-than-vintage Filter’Trons. The older ones had a larger logo; the new ones are nickel-plated with a more subtle stamped logo. The first prototypes were wound by Chris Fleming, then head of Gretsch R&D (and with extensive experience in Fender’s Custom Shop.)”

The reviewer breaks down each of the three models, and then concludes with the following verdict:

“More guitars for less money will continue to be a theme this year. It will be interesting to see if any major brands manage to do it quite as well as Gretsch has done here. Construction is crisp, seen in the important details of the neck, fingerboard and fretting. Center blocks and lightness don’t always go hand in hand, and yet here they do.

“But are we really getting a half-price Gretsch? Yes and no. The beefier pickups certainly don’t nail a classic Gretsch tonality – although if that’s what you want, the full-size pickups are easy to replace – but they do broaden the sonic potential, especially for more gained styles, while staying close to the classic iconography.

“The deep hollow body G2420T is hugely evocative and perfect for lower-volume older styles. The G2622 might well be the bargain ‘Es-335′ we’ve all been waiting for, and with the G2655, you’ll find a solid body sized center-blocked semi that might be the most ‘solid’ sounding of the trio but will handle virtually any style.”

Watch Guitarist‘s accompanying video demo below:

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Zella Day Makes Debut on Late Night, Performs for Vogue

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Last month, Zella Day made a stunning debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she performed pop gem “Hypnotic.”

Tabbed as a “happier version of Lana Del Rey,” the breakout artist seems to be making waves of her own with both the television appearance and a recent feature in Vogue magazine.

Watch Day’s more upbeat performance on Seth Meyers, and then the slower, love ballad “Jameson” that she played for Vogue. Both clips feature guitarist Christopher James rocking his Gretsch guitars.

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Guitar World Checks out the New Gretsch Collections

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During last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Guitar World magazine paid a quick visit by the Gretsch booth to check out the Gretsch Streamliner, Golden Era and Players Edition guitars.

Watch below as Gretsch’s Joe Carducci gives GW a quick tour through the booth.

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Watch the Empty Hearts Talk Gretsch

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It’s always a good day when a supergroup of hitmakers stop by your NAMM booth! Even better when they agree to do a quick interview.

Watch below as the guys in the Empty Hearts—Wally Palmar of the Romantics, Elliot Easton of the Cars,  Andy Babiuk of the Chesterfield Kings and Clem Burke of Blondie— sat down to chat for a few minutes about Gretsch guitars, as well as the first song they learned to play on guitar.

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6 New Gretsch Roots Instruments to Try

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Our Gretsch Roots Collection has developed quite a following over the last few years, and we are so pleased to have a few more new models to this popular line.

Here are 6 new Gretsch Roots instruments we recommend you try:

G9241 Alligator™ Biscuit Round-Neck Resonator Guitar with Fishman® Nashville Pickup (Chieftain Red or 2-Color Sunburst)

The all-mahogany G9241 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck Resonator is an adaptation on the successful Gretsch G9240 model. Now featuring the Fishman® Nashville™ Biscuit-Style pickup, this acoustic/electric resonator projects its distinctively swampy tone all the way to the back door of any dancehall. Like all fine Gretsch resonator guitars, the vital feature of the G9241 is the Gretsch “Ampli-Sonic™” diaphragm (resonator cone).

Hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum, the Ampli-Sonic diaphragm yields an impressive quality and volume of tone.

G9500 Jim Dandy™ 24” Scale Barnwood Burst

Faithful to the Gretsch “Rex” parlor guitars of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone’s first guitar. Everything and then some that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24” scale for endless hours of playing comfort.

Released in late 2015, we are also offering the G9500 Jim Dandy™ Flat Top in a limited run Roundup Burst finish.


G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck Resonator Guitar Oxblood

A single strum of the Honey Dipper Round-Neck Resonator Guitar transports one back 80 years to a hobo jungle just off the tracks, where wandering workers congregate in camaraderie and the comforting and captivating strains of a real all-metal resonator guitar waft through the smoke of oil-drum fires and enchant the ears with a sound like raindrops beating on a rusty pump house roof.

Features a medium “V” mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and 19 medium jumbo frets, Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Biscuit Resonator Cone and Bridge, and 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face.

Also, in late 2015, Gretsch released a limited run of G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck in a Bell Bronze finish. This round-neck resonator guitar has all the same features as the wildly popular G9201 Honey Dipper, with the additions of aged white fingerboard binding, screened headstock graphic and a weathered “Bell Bronze” finish.

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