Posted: March 20, 2015
Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock.
In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup and time it took to build.
The one-of-a-kind custom shop ax is available at Chicago Music Exchange.
Posted: March 18, 2015
Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own with a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest.
The new Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More features all the great Gretsch models both new and old, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many Gretsch artists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer.
In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch’s rich history also features glorious photography and a detailed collectors guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.
Posted: February 19, 2015
Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?
Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.
Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!
Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs. But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.
While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.
The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!
This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s. And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GRETSCH FINISH? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW …
Posted: February 17, 2015
British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.
Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”
And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.
“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”
Posted: February 9, 2015
AC/DC were without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young due to health issues, but his nephew Stevie Young paid homage to his uncle by playing a replica of Malcom’s favorite Gretsch guitar. Chris Slade also took over drum duties in place of original drummer Phil Rudd, marking the first time Slade has played with the band since 1994.
The performance moved the Staples Center crowd to its feet, and you can watch it below.
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