Posted: September 10, 2014
The magazine reviews the instrument’s key feature set, finish and set-up, and also details some of the sounds wrangled from this little beauty.
“A Black Top Filter’Tron pickup near the bridge provides all the early George Harrison jangle and super-clean Chet Atkins single notes anyone could ever use,” writes Bob Dragich. “Beatles songs are channeled almost involuntarily through the ’Tron. And even though Tom Petty doesn’t normally use a Gretsch, the G5655T-CB is great for reproducing the rhythms of nearly every song he’s ever done.”
The guitar also held up well when it came to feedback testing.
“Feedback testing involved running the G5655T-CB through an early-’80s Fender Super Champ in a 15×15 room with an eight-foot ceiling. All-tube and point-to-point wired, the Super Champ dished out Paul Rivera levels of gain. Pushed to window-rattling, 911-calling levels, the little Gretsch refused to squeal unless it was aimed directly at the amp’s speaker, and then only in close proximity.”
Pick up the magazine to read the full review.
Posted: August 25, 2014
For the video for “Let’s Shake,” Setzer really revs up the party with several guest dancers and psychedelic backdrops, while the lyric video for “Lemme Slide” attracts the eyes with abstract angles and colors.
Check out both clips below.
Posted: August 11, 2014
As the sun set in Hollywood, Train performed the record’s lead single “Angel in Blue Jeans,” which was produced by Butch Walker.
Check out Train in action below.
Posted: August 8, 2014
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were recently featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they performed a few tracks off new album Hypnotic Eye.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were in classic form with the single “American Dream Plan B,” which featured Petty slinging a sweet Gretsch Billy-Bo Jupiter Thunderbird.
Check out Petty and the Heartbreakers in action below.
Posted: July 3, 2014
With a new album on the way called Rockabilly Riot: All Original (Aug. 12), the great Brian Setzer dropped an advanced track that is a perfect representation of his electric 1950s-inspired sound.
“Let’s Shake” clocks in at 3:29 and is pure rockabilly, with hand claps, a jangly pace and a searing Setzer guitar solo.
Speaking of guitar solos, Setzer recently shared his favorite one with Time.
“We could talk all day about that, but the best guitar solo, the one that changed everything for me, was in ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’” he told the magazine. “I was in a punk rock club in New York. I was underage, 17 or so, so it must have been ’79 or ’78. The music was all punk rock and New Wave was just starting, but I heard ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ come on and it was like a hand came across the room and grabbed me and said, ‘Listen to this!’ That guitar solo was half twangy, half rock ‘n’ roll. It made no kind of sense, but all kind of sense. It had it all. It had beautiful finger-picking, it had single string; it was musical, but it was rock ‘n’ roll. That guitar solo has them all beat.”
Stream the audio for “Let’s Shake” below and just try to stay in your seat.
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