Author Archives: Chrissy Mauck
Posted: April 11, 2015
Reverend Horton Heat brought a rockabilly revival to the Mojave Tent on Friday afternoon during Coachella.
The Jim Heath-led trio banged through several of their signature tunes to the delight of a packed house that included fans of all ages. Heath, looking resplendent in a red sport coat with blue flames, seemed to relish every moment of it, feverishly working the fretboard of his signature Gretsch guitar (with his name emblazoned on the black pickguard, no less).
In fact, the energy was so high that a circle pit broke out in the middle of the tent when a few young fans got riled up for “Psychobilly Freakout.” All in all, it was a great way to kick off the festival’s first day.
Posted: April 9, 2015
Fall Out Boy helped ignite the opening night of the 2015 Major League Baseball season on Sunday with an on-field, three song set prior to the Chicago Cubs game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
It was a natural fit for the band, whose members grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.
“Wrigley Field has always been a magical place to me,” said bassist Pete Wentz. “In some ways I can chart milestones of my life and growing up there —from going to see Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg play, to going with the my dad to the one of the first night games they ever had there, to the first time I took the ‘EL’ there on my own for a game with my friends. When our band all lived in an apartment together in Roscoe Village, we used to pass out flyers for shows at the Metro after games. It has been a lifetime dream to get the chance to play at Wrigley Field. We are grateful to MLB for the opportunity and so excited to perform for our hometown crowd.”
Watch the band perform platinum hit “Centuries” on opening day below.
Posted: April 8, 2015
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.
Posted: March 30, 2015
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.
Posted: March 20, 2015
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.