Author Archives: Chrissy Mauck
Posted: March 18, 2015
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.
Posted: March 15, 2015
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.”
Posted: February 19, 2015
Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?
Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.
Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!
Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs. But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.
While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.
The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!
This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s. And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GRETSCH FINISH? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW …
Posted: February 11, 2015
Dublin-based band Kodaline’s sophomore album, Coming Up for Air, dropped
today in the U.K.., with a release in the U.S. planned for March 24.
But for those in the States looking to preview a new Kodaline
track, take note of the alternative rockers video for the single
The song begins with frontman Steve Garrigan singing over an understated
piano before the rest of the band kicks in for the soaring chorus.
Watch the clip for “Honest” below and don’t miss Mark Prendergast’s Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway guitar. And to sample a few more tunes, check out this Spotify playlist.
Posted: February 9, 2015
Irish artist Hozier performed his breakout hit “Take Me to Church” at last night’s Grammy Awards, dazzling the Staples Center audience with his glittery Gretsch G5265 Jet Baritone guitar.
Hozier had another ace up his sleeve with the amazing Annie Lennox joining him for a magical cover of “I Put a Spell On You.”
Watch the performance below.