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Watch Temples Perform Live in Tokyo

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UK psychedelic rock act Temples enjoyed a tour of Asia in February, and thanks to Hostess Club Weekender, you can enjoy watching some live footage from their stop in Tokyo.

In this 10 minute live clip of “Mesmerise,” singer James Bagshaw can be seen jamming on his Gretsch G6136TLDS White Falcon and a G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

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Premier Guitar Features 1962 Gretsch 6196 in its Vintage Vault

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In the April 2015 issue, Premier Guitar put a spotlight on a 1962 Gretsch 6196 as part of its Vintage Vault series.

The instrument, on display at Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Cross, Wisc., has features often associated with Gretsch guitars from 1962, including a “cushioned for comfort” back pad that hid a hole designed to provide easy access to the interior wiring, a built-in string mute, and a standby switch. Additionally, the guitar includes gold Filter’Tron humbuckers, Space Control bridge, and ebony fretboard with Neo-Classic inlays (standard since 1958).  Instead of the stock “G” tailpiece, this vintage guitar is equipped with a non-original Bigsby vibrato.

Read more about this vintage ax here.

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Stephen Stern Shares Inspiration Behind Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup

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Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup 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.

In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup and time it took to build.

The one-of-a-kind custom shop ax is available at Chicago Music Exchange.

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Get the New Gretsch Electric Guitar Book By Tony Bacon

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Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own with a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest.

The new Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More features all the great Gretsch models both new and old, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many  Gretsch artists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer.

In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch’s rich history also features glorious photography and a detailed collectors guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.

Order your copy here.

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Kids Learn About Making Music Hands-On at New Interactive Gretsch Family Gallery

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Innovative exhibit teaches young visitors how to record and write songs, be a performer and more; class and group tours encouraged

Youngsters can record a song, mix a band, learn how hits are written and hear working musicians, band managers and other industry professionals talk about their jobs at the  Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Located within the Taylor Swift Educational Center — which includes a replica of Swift’s tour bus – the Gallery provides a close-up, top-to-bottom look at the process of creating music that’s geared to youthful learners, using artifacts from the Museum’s collection and such learning tools as a giant guitar, touchscreens and a do-it-yourself studio were young visitors can record and mix tracks.

Student and youth groups interested in visiting the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum can call 800-852-6437 for information and group reservations.

The gallery was created through a generous donation by Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch and his wife Dinah, who is the historic guitar-and-drum builder’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, through the Gretsch Foundation, which funds a plurality of concerts and music education initiatives.

“The museum needed a new and exciting interactive gallery that connects visitors with the creative process – from recording to packaging music,”  says the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s vice president of museum services Carolyn Tate. “The Dinah and Fred Gretsch Gallery is that space, bringing to life the Gretsch’s long-time commitment to music education for the benefit of our over 900,000 annual visitors.”

The seed for the gallery was planted when the Gretsch family became involved in the curation of the Museum’s “Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player” exhibit in 2011. But its conception and construction required two years and input from many sources, including educational experts. It was determined that interactive experiences, contemporary stories and the ability to make things should be at the core of the gallery, which also covers multiple genres.

“An effort was also made to illustrate that there are many ways to be creative within music, beyond being an artist,” says Tate.

The Gretsch Family Gallery’s activities and exhibits — which include historic instruments — are tied together by nine stations with touchscreens where students can learn about songwriting, music business jobs, awards, design, costumes, recording, cross-genre collaborations and more. At one station, working professionals from all aspects of the music business explain their jobs via video presentations. Completing each station’s activities earns a badge. After collecting all nine badges visitors are “Certified Country.”

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