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: August 11, 2013
Swedish artist Kristian Matsson played a lovely set at the Sutro Stage that called to mind one of the most-celebrated troubadours of all time. Yes, people have compared Mattson to a young Bob Dylan, and perhaps those are big britches to fill.
But, Matsson’s earnest guitar strumming and emotive vocals are undeniable. Songs like “1904” and “King of Spain” are heartfelt tracks that fit perfect with his acoustic guitar prowess.
And the fans that spanned a hundred yards back and up to the fence that lined the through-streets of Golden Gate Park.
With each guitar change – and Matsson used four different guitars on his first four songs – the excitement grew, even if it wasn’t immediately noticeable. Taking a subdued route, Matsson relied on his infectious songwriting and impressive fretwork to win over the audience.
When he announced that Saturday’s show would be his last in the States for a while, there was admittedly a smattering of boos.
“Don’t boo me… I just have to disappear for a while,” he noted.
Of course, Matsson received cheers when he added later, “I’m just going to go home and record an album.”
Obviously, another record from the Tallest Man on Earth is highly-anticipated. And it looks like Matsson is ready to deliver.
Regardless, Matsson put on a touching goodbye performance before leaving his American friends.
Posted: July 29, 2013
In the midst of a tour supporting their new record Evil Friends, Portugal. The Man was recently the featured musical guest on Conan and on Los Angeles’ KCRW.
In each setting, the band picked two tracks that have been burning up the radio airwaves: “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue” and “Creep in a T-Shirt.”
Watch the band in action below and visit their official website for tour dates.
Posted: July 8, 2013
English singer, songwriter and producer Richard Hawley has a long history with Gretsch, from listening to Eddie Cochran as a kid to his days playing with the legendary Pulp to his current career as a solo artist.
Hawley recently sat down to talk about his Gretsch love affair in the interview below.
Visit Hawley’s official website for more information.
Posted: June 17, 2013
In Guitar Aficionado‘s May/June issue, the magazine reviews Billy Duffy’s new signature Gretsch White Falcon, based on the Gretsch 1975 single-cutaway 7593 that has been his main axe since forming the Cult.
“As the proud owner of a 1976 Gretsch 7593 White Falcon, I can attest that the G7593T Billy Duffy White Falcon is nearly identical when it comes to feel and playability,” writes GA author Chris Gill. “The Duffy model has the advantage of being slightly lighter and more comfortable, but the slim neck profile and the incredibly fast-playing fingerboard are one and the same.”
Gill also discusses its custom-wound pickups, noting that they “sound incredible through overdrive Marshall and Fender tweed amps, providing the distinctive midrange snarl that has made Filter’Trons one of the best choices for hard-rock rhythm playing, but without the feedback problems that afflict lower-output pickups.”
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