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See Tom Petersson Demo His New Signature Bass Models

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Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterrson was a featured guest at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame during the Summer NAMM show, and for fans who couldn’t make it, an archived stream of the event is available below.

With 75 rare Gretsch guitars currently on display at the museum as part of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Petersson introduced the audience to two very new, and equally unique Gretsch instruments — his 12-string signature White Falcon Bass and a 4-string signature White Falcon Bass.

Watch the stream below to find out how both signature instruments came into being, and to hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer demo each bass. He even invited an audience member to come up and try out the 12-string! How cool is that?

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Watch Lindsay Ell’s Songwriting Session at Country Music Hall of Fame

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In support of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the very talented songwriter, guitarist and singer Lindsay Ell was invited to host a  Songwriting Session.

Ell actually has a personal connection to Randy Bachman, who she met at age 13. The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive took Ell under his wing, and she considers him to be like a second dad.

“I got to see his Gretsch collection, which  was actually in a guitar house on his property,” said Ell. “He had a studio, the house he lives, and a guitar house, just for guitars. How cool is that?”

In addition to taking questions from the crowd, Ell also performed a few songs, making sure to introduce the crowd to her Gretsch “Red Betty” Center Block Junior with Bigsby.

Watch the archived stream below to see Ell showcase her versatility, switching from electric guitar to acoustic and over to the grand piano.

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Backyard Babies Rage in “Th1rt3en or Nothing” Video

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Swedish punk rockers Backyard Babies have released a new music video for single “Th1rt3en or Nothing” off latest album Four by Four.

The tour diary-styled video features a montage of both color and black and white scenes highlighting the hard rockers during sound check, rehearsals and live footage. It’s an excellent portrayal of the quintessential “live fast and die young” motto the band portrays, and also sings about:

“You wanna rock’n'roll
Bang your head and sell your soul
We’re going straight to hell
Thirteen or nothing!”

Check out the new video below:

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Guns N’ Roses Kick Off Not in This Lifetime Tour

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Richard Fortus with his Players Edition White Falcon. Photo: Kat Benzova

Guns N’ Roses have reclaimed their rightful place in the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight, triumphantly returning to the stage at Detroit’s Ford Field for their debut show on the “Not in This Lifetime” tour.

Frontman Axl Rose (back in full force after suffering a broken bone in his foot earlier in the year) and original members Slash and Duff McKagan were first to emerge on stage, followed by new members Richard Fortus on guitar and Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese on keys. Together, they brought down the house of 40,000 eager fans that have waited years for a reunion they never thought possible.

“I’ve been playing with Guns N’ Roses for 15 years now and the work ethic these guys have is amazing,” Fortus told Gretsch Guitars. “I think I’ve rehearsed more this year in that band than I have in the previous 14 years together. It’s been really intense and very focused. It’s a great learning experience and a great honor.”

Those rehearsals apparently have paid off as GNR put on a tight and epic two-and-a-half-hour performance that kicked off with “It’s So Easy” and included hits “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Chinese Democracy” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” GNR closed out the thrilling show with fan favorite “Paradise City.”

Guns N’ Roses will tour through August with a star studded opening lineup on select dates that includes The Cult, Alice in Chains, Lenny Kravitz and more. Dates here.

Check out fan footage from the concert below.

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Gretsch Announces the Tom Petersson Signature Basses

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Photo by Lou Brutus

Gretsch will officially unveil two new Tom Petersson signature bass models during the Summer NAMM show this week in Nashville, Tenn.

The members of Cheap Trick have reigned as the high priests of hard-rocking U.S. power pop for more than 40 years, with an influential and infectiously ever-youthful sound. The band has recorded countless hits, performed over 5,000 shows and recently released their seventeenth studio album. On April 8, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, solidifying their legendary status and entering a new realm amongst their inspirational peers.

On the heels of this pinnacle moment, Gretsch is proud to honor the Cheap Trick co-founder and bassist with the USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon™ Bass and G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass.

Both models will be available in early 2017.

USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon™ Bass.

Petersson pioneered the creation of the 12-String bass and has become synonymous with the unique instrument that heavily impacted the band’s dynamic sound, especially enhancing their live shows. The Cheap Trick bassist has been playing his custom 12-String prototype live during the development process, and it has already garnered great admiration and attention.

“Everywhere I go now with my Gretsch bass, people are in shock,” said Petersson. “That’s really why Gretsch has always stood out so much because they are like the Cadillac or Rolls Royce of guitars. They are the flashiest, coolest looking … You show up with that and people are like ‘Oh my god! I don’t even care how that thing sounds, that’s the coolest looking instrument I’ve ever seen.’ But then you plug it in and it’s like, ‘Oh my, whoa, what is going on here?’ So it’s the best of every world. I couldn’t think of a company I’d rather work with than Gretsch.”

Stunning in style and utterly seismic in tone, it puts Petersson’s distinctive stamp on the classic White Falcon Bass design. This first and only Gretsch 12-string bass model is surely the most powerful Falcon ever. Premium features include a laminated maple body, a 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and mother-of pearl inlays that sits atop a “C” shaped maple gloss-finished neck, a shorter scale length (30.3″) for comfort and fatter, sweeter tone, dual custom Seymour Duncan® Super’Tron pickups, a specially designed 12-string Space Control™ bridge and Gretsch “Cadillac” tailpiece, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.

Available in Vintage White.

G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass

Additionally, Gretsch will offer a traditional 4-string model. The G6136B-TP-AWT features a laminated maple body, 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and mother-of pearl inlays, short scale length (30.3”), Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gretsch “Cadillac” tailpiece, gloss-finish maple neck with “U” profile, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.

Per Petersson’s specifications, the typical bridge pickup has been replaced instead with a middle pickup (Seymour Duncan® Super’Tron) that pairs with the all-new Rumble’Tron in the neck pickup for an extra bold statement.

“You can get this big, thick sound if you just want that neck pickup sound but if you want more clarity, you’ve got that one in the middle – it’s in the perfect position and then the combination of the two is just great,” noted Petersson. “That’s different than most.”

Available in Aged White.

Petersson will make a special guest appearance at the 2016 Summer NAMM Gretsch booth for a one-hour autograph session at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 23.

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