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Acoustic Guitar Sessions: Eric Bibb

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Eric Bibb
In this Acoustic Guitar Session, Grammy-nominated bluesman Eric Bibb talks about his development as a musician, shares a piece of advice he received from Bob Dylan and performs “Turner Station” from latest album Jericho Road. For the number, Bibb relied on his “Gretsch (Jim) Dandy to the rescue model,” which he found on Haight Street in San Francisco only hours before the session.

Watch the session here.

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Tom Petersson and Chris Fleming on the G5034TFT Rancher

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In this video clip, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson and Gretsch’s Chris Fleming discuss the Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher.

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Rancid Release Album Details and New Video

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Punk stalwarts Rancid have offered up a sampler video featuring three new songs to announce their upcoming eighth studio album, …Honor Is All We Know, due out Oct. 27.

The black-and-white clip features the quartet playing “Collision Course,” “Honor Is All We Know” and “Evil’s My Friend.”

Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz produced the new album, which marks Rancid’s first since 2009′s Let the Dominoes Fall.

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New George Harrison Apple-Era Box Set

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George Harrison Box Set

George Harrison’s first six solo studio albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles’ Apple label, will be available as newly remastered individual releases and as part of a box set, The Apple Years 1968-75.

Due out Sept. 23, the eight-disc box was designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 release, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, and features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The Apple Years box also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.

“I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years,” Dhani Harrison said in a statement. “Some of these records have long been out of print, so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”

The albums—which have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a GRAMMY® Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen—include 1968′s Wonderwall Music, 1969′s Electronic Sound, 1970′s All Things Must Pass, 1973′s Living in the Material World, 1974′s Dark Horse and 1975′s Extra Texture (Read All About It). Some of the albums contain previously unreleased tracks, while All Things Must Pass contains five bonus tracks that were first released in 2001.

You can order the box set from the Official George Harrison store here: http://po.st/GHAppleYears

Or from Amazon here: http://po.st/GHAppleYearsAm

And order the digital version from iTunes here: http://po.st/GHAppleYearsDigi

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Vintage Guitar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic Center-Block

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In its November issue, Vintage Guitar reviews the Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block, which features a solid-spruce center block designed to cut feedback when things get loud.

The magazine reviews the instrument’s key feature set, finish and set-up, and also details some of the sounds wrangled from this little beauty.

“A Black Top Filter’Tron pickup near the bridge provides all the early George Harrison jangle and super-clean Chet Atkins single notes anyone could ever use,” writes Bob Dragich. “Beatles songs are channeled almost involuntarily through the ’Tron. And even though Tom Petty doesn’t normally use a Gretsch, the G5655T-CB is great for reproducing the rhythms of nearly every song he’s ever done.”

The guitar also held up well when it came to feedback testing.

“Feedback testing involved running the G5655T-CB through an early-’80s Fender Super Champ in a 15×15 room with an eight-foot ceiling. All-tube and point-to-point wired, the Super Champ dished out Paul Rivera levels of gain. Pushed to window-rattling, 911-calling levels, the little Gretsch refused to squeal unless it was aimed directly at the amp’s speaker, and then only in close proximity.”

Pick up the magazine to read the full review.

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