Author Archives: Pauline France
Posted: October 25, 2013
Reviewer Chris Vinnicombe dispelled the belief that Gretsch guitars are only for “rockabilly outlaws and retro rock ‘n’ roll gunslingers,” and noted that the Gretsch G6139T-CBDC is a great example of rock-and-roll-meets-Chet Atkins.
“If you can bring yourself to back off the gain, there’s still plenty of Chet here, too, and for that Beatles For Sale/Help!-era Harrison sound simply flip the pickup selector to the middle setting and dial in a suitably bright amp tone,” said Vinnicombe.
Check out the full review here, and watch the video demo below:
Posted: August 29, 2013
Guitarist magazine recently tested a Gretsch G9220 Roundneck resonator and gave it four out of five stars for playability and affordability.
“A resonator has always been the easiest way to bag some classic Delta blues and bluegrass tones; the Bobtail just makes it more affordable,” said the magazine.
Check the G9220 reso in action below, and read the full review at Guitarist.com.
Posted: June 29, 2012
The Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet made the cut on Music Radar’s Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses list.
“Paying tribute to the Gretsch Duo Jet, this Chinese-made Bigsby-equipped retro rocker has tones to match its sparkling looks,” said MusicRadar.
Click here to see what else made it on to MusicRadar’s list.
Posted: June 18, 2012
Guitar Player magazine Editor-In-Chief Michael Molenda reviewed a Gretsch G5022CE Rancher in the magazine’s July issue, honoring it with the Guitar Player Editors’ Pick award.
“The new G5022CE Rancher retains most of the awesome vibe, beauty, and tonal wonders of the much more expensive 2002 version,” said Molenda. “While adding some rock-and-roll stage worthiness with its access to the higher frets and a truly excellent Fishman Isys + preamp.”
He also said that the Rancher’s character is retained when plugged in.
“The G5022CE’s electronics are fabulous. The onboard tuner is extremely visible, and the guitar’s character is retained when amplified.”
Molenda’s final verdict said that the Rancher makes for a “versatile and stunning guitar that will inspire you to genius no matter what type of music you play.”
Get the July issue of Guitar Player here to read more on why the G5022CE Rancher got the magazine’s Editors’ Pick.
Posted: June 6, 2012
MusicRadar recently picked up a Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr and put it to the test.
“It’s a great little package,” said the website. “Little being the operative word; its compact size means it’s light and loads of fun to play standing up. Tonally, it’s bright and zingy, chiming out with big open chords and surprisingly loudly for such a diminutive body.”
“It’s the details that make Gretsch guitars unique,” said MusicRadar. “And the Rancher Jr is full of them, from the flawless binding and finish to the solid strap lock.
Visit MusicRadar.com to read the full review.