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Posted: November 20, 2013
Despite turning in an excellent performance of the Outfield’s “Your Love” while donning a Gretsch G6139 Falcon Center-Block Single Cut-Away guitar, Jenckes was eliminated, missing a chance at making it to the final eight.
For those that want to relive Jenckes’ rendition of the classic rock song, check out the video below.
Visit Jenckes’ official website for a list of upcoming tour dates.
Posted: November 20, 2013
The band recently did just that with Direct Hits, a compilation of their biggest songs – with two fresh tracks thrown in for good measure.
To promote the new release, the Killers stopped by Ellen earlier this month to perform the smash “When You Were Young.” During that bombastic appearance, it was hard to miss touring guitarist Ted Sablay adding to the mix with his left-handed Gretsch guitar.
Watch the Killers in action below and visit their official website for more information.
Posted: November 18, 2013
When U.K. indie folk-rock band Daughter was promoting their debut full-length album If You Leave in the States earlier this year, they stopped by Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new tracks.
Two of those were the dreamily haunting ”Smother” and “Human,” both of which feature frontwoman Elena Tonra’s ethereal vocal talents.
Posted: November 14, 2013
The set comes as a companion to the 1994 release of the Beatles’ Live at the BBC, which sold more than five million copies within six weeks. Volume 2 features a 48-page booklet, 63 tracks – including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band and BBC’s radio hosts.
Watch a preview below and visit the Beatles’ official website for more information.
Posted: November 13, 2013
Credit Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and renowned SoCal hot rod artist Sara Ray for teaming up to create another gem of a guitar from the Gretsch Custom Shop.
The ’59 Duo-Jet that is headed to U.K. resident Steve Isaacs features a 130th Anniversary logo on a larger headstock and an amazing graphic from Ray. It was the second time Isaacs asked Ray to paint a guitar, the previous one depicting a tattooed pinup.
“I got to know Sara Ray quite well over the past few years,” Isaacs said from his home in Poole, Dorsett. “She painted another guitar for me a while ago. When it’s time for her to work on a guitar, she sends over couple of sketches, but I really don’t like to give her too much direction. She came up with a couple of ideas, and I loved this one the most.”
Isaacs had also worked with Stern before, as the enthusiast owns a couple of masterbuilt Telecasters from Stern.
“I didn’t know much about Steve Stern, but he had such a fantastic resume. He’s worked with some of the world’s greatest luthiers,” said Isaacs, who noted that he has been playing guitar for at least 30 years.
“He mentioned that I should check out Gretsch. I have to say, he totally converted me. They’re great guitars.”
The image on Issacs’ newest piece is of Anne Bonny, the infamous Irishwoman who became a feared pirate. With a sword slung at her side, Bonny is also holding a boarding pistol.
“I think it really came out amazing,” Isaacs said. “It is truly one-of-a-kind, and I can’t wait to play it.”
View more of Ray’s work on her official website.