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2013: A Year of Celebrations for Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary

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Courtesy of Gretsch.com

2013 marked Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary – a milestone that has been celebrated with a wide variety of activities and events throughout the year. Below is a look at some of the celebrations that have made this anniversary so spectacular!

Announcing The Celebration
To ignite the celebration, Fred Gretsch sent out a message to the music world, inviting everyone to join the entire Gretsch family in celebrating their 130th year in the business.

“When my great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, opened his instrument-making shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., back in 1883, he couldn’t know that he was establishing a musical dynasty that has continued over four generations,” said Fred Gretsch.

In January at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., the Gretsch Custom Shop launched the beautiful G6118T 130th Anniversary model guitar. It turned out to be a gorgeous instrument, with a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Metallic Gold on the top and Black on the back and sides. The guitar also boasted multiple silver-sparkle bindings.

The anniversary guitars were made even more special by the addition of a badge that boldly announced the company’s 130th year as a manufacturer.

“It’s a striking design and I’m proud to see it on our instruments,” Gretsch said at the time.

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Custom Shop Stories: Sara Ray Paints a Killer Duo-Jet

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Credit Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and renowned SoCal hot rod artist Sara Ray for teaming up to create another gem of a guitar from the Gretsch Custom Shop.

The ’59 Duo-Jet that is headed to U.K. resident Steve Isaacs features a 130th Anniversary logo on a larger headstock and an amazing graphic from Ray.  It was the second time Isaacs asked Ray to paint a guitar, the previous one depicting a tattooed pinup.

“I got to know Sara Ray quite well over the past few years,” Isaacs said from his home in Poole, Dorsett.  “She painted another guitar for me a while ago.  When it’s time for her to work on a guitar, she sends over couple of sketches, but I really don’t like to give her too much direction.  She came up with a couple of ideas, and I loved this one the most.”

Isaacs had also worked with Stern before, as the enthusiast owns a couple of masterbuilt Telecasters from Stern.

“I didn’t know much about Steve Stern, but he had such a fantastic resume.  He’s worked with some of the world’s greatest luthiers,” said Isaacs, who noted that he has been playing guitar for at least 30 years.

“He mentioned that I should check out Gretsch. I have to say, he totally converted me.  They’re great guitars.”

The image on Issacs’ newest piece is of Anne Bonny, the infamous Irishwoman who became a feared pirate.  With a sword slung at her side, Bonny is also holding a boarding pistol.

“I think it really came out amazing,” Isaacs said.  “It is truly one-of-a-kind, and I can’t wait to play it.”

View more of Ray’s work on her official website.

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Check Out This Stump-O-Matic Tattoo

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Fall Out Boy superfan Cordia Jester, who founded the music blog Hit It Off Media, has a special tattoo in the works.

Posting the photo above on Instagram, Jester is close to finishing a tribute to Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump and his signature Gretsch Stump-O-Matic Electromatic CVT.

When contacted about the custom ink, Jester explained her devotion to the band and to Stump.

“My tattoo was actually initially thought of during ‘Save Rock and Roll’ on their most recent tour,” she wrote.  ”I broke into tears during their set, and afterwards while waiting for Patrick to come sign, I just kept thinking of the one line, and it sounded like the perfect tattoo.

“The words mean so much to me. I’ve been immersed in music and the music business my entire life, and it is my dream to do something great within the music industry. Saving rock and roll to me is very real. I chose the Stump-O-Matic because it’s such a simple, and sleek guitar, and it’s recognized as Patrick’s guitar. Fall Out Boy was the first large concert I ever went to, and when I was 11 I had this crazy obsession with Patrick. I stuck with him through the whole hiatus.

“He inspires me. He has an amazing way with words. He’s truly a person to look up to and aspire to be like; not to mention his voice is like butter. I knew I wanted a guitar behind the lyrics, and it had to be his. It wouldn’t be right if it wasn’t.”

Check out progress of the tattoo via Jester’s Instagram account here.

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Gretsch Featured in New Outlook.com Commercial

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Is your email inbox impossibly clogged due to  spam or a constant stream of email newsletters you never subscribed to?

Well, with the recent migration of the webmail service Hotmail to Outlook.com, it should be easier to manage your inbox with the new Sweep feature.

In a recent commercial for Outlook.com, the system was shown to be helpful to a musician who wanted to maximize his shredding time.  With a few clicks, he was able to delete a ton of unwanted emails and continue playing guitar.

Check out the spot below.

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Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons Discusses Gretsch Resonator in Sunday

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Sally Fitzgibbons is one of the top surfers in the world, but the Australian also has many other interests.

One of them is playing the guitar, as she recently revealed in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine.  In a feature titled “My Favourite Things,” Fitzgibbons talked about her Gretsch Roots Collection resonator, noting that, “This is the most recent addition to my guitar collection. I don’t travel with it, but I love playing when I’m back; it helps me relax.”

For more information, check out Fitzgibbons’ Facebook page here and read the full piece here.

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