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Gretsch Duo Jet Wins Guitar World‘s Platinum Award

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G6128T-1962 Duo Jet

Guitar World has bestowed its Platinum Award upon the Gretsch G6128t-1962 Duo Jet.

“Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early-90s rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck,” writes GW‘s Paul Riario. “Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.”

The Duo Jet appears in the November issue of Guitar World, and includes a full breakdown of this instrument’s feature set and a review of its performance.

“The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang,” sums up Riario.

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Dierks Bentley Croons Drunk on a Plane at CMAs

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Dierks BentleyAfter picking up a CMA for Music Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane,” country crooner Dierks Bentley performed the chart-topping single at the 2014 CMA Awards Show on Wednesday night.

For Gretsch fans, take note of guitarist Brian Layson ripping a sweet solo on his new Gretsch Center-Block around the 2:20 mark.

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Little Big Town Collaborate with Ariana Grande at CMAs

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Crowned Vocal Group of the Year for the third straight year in a row at last night’s 2o14 CMA Awards Show, Little Big Town also put on an unforgettable performance alongside pop sensation Ariana Grande.

Decked in outfits with glowing piping, the country mega stars kicked off the collaboration with the song “Day Drinking, which featured a two-tier drum line on risers behind the band.  As their smash hit concluded, Grande appeared at the top of a staircase and belted out the first line of her verse in “Bang Bang,” her latest single featuring Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.  In this version, Little Big Town provided the backing vocals, and it sounded terrific.

Watch the clip below.

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Little Big Town Jam with the Roots on Fallon

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Little Big Town celebrated last week’s No. 3 country album debut for Painkiller with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The band was even joined by the Roots for a supercharged version of new album track “Stay All Night.”

Watch the clip below, featuring vocalist/guitarist Phillip Sweet rocking his Gretsch White Falcon.

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Q&A with Jimmy Johnson

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Best known as the guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers), Jimmy Johnson has played on numerous classic R&B and pop hits with his trusty Gretsch 6120 guitar during the mid-1960s through the ‘70s.

Just one of Johnson’s many credits is that funky riff heard on Aretha Franklin smash single “Respect.” The Alabama-born axeman also operated as a guitarist, producer, or engineer on projects with the likes of Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon, among countless other luminaries.

While taking a break during sessions at his studio in Sheffield, Ala., Johnson spoke to Gretsch about his guitar, amps and influences.

GRETSCH GUITARS: To see those photos of you in the studio back in the day with your Gretsch 6120, we were anxious to find out as much as possible about your guitar. Obviously not only which recordings that guitar was played on, but also when did you first become aware of the Gretsch brand?

JIMMY JOHNSON: You know some of that is a little foggy. It’s been so long, so many years. But the way I knew about Gretsch was from Chet Atkins. In the South, Chet is like the almighty guitar player. And to my dad, who was also a guitar player, Chet was his favorite guitarist in the whole world. So you know, he ranks up there as mine too. And then when you find out what kind of guitars he played, which also included the Country Gentleman. So I started checking them out at the stores and with folks who had them.

Country music was big in my area. But one thing about it, I never liked country and my dad tried everything in the world to get me to play it in the early years. Country music bored me. It was just, I don’t know, too country. Too whatever it was.

My inspiration came when I heard Chuck Berry play. Chuck provided me with a little song called “Johnny B. Good.” When I heard that tune on our local AM radio, I absolutely had to learn how to do that.

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