Posted: November 13, 2013
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.
Posted: July 17, 2013
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.
Posted: June 10, 2013
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.
Posted: May 31, 2013
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.”
Posted: May 31, 2013
Several Gretsch fans, friends, family members and business associates converged on Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, Ga., earlier this month to celebrate the company’s 130th anniversary.
But the March 4 party was also celebrating the wedding anniversary of Fred and Dinah Gretsch, marking a truly joyous event.
A few artists were on hand, as well.
The husband-and-wife team of Richard Smith and Julie Adams got the musical festivities started, with Smith showing off his fingerpicking prowess as Adams accompanied him on the cello.
Joe Robinson was up next, and his set with bassist Marcelo Bakos and drummer Tito Pascoali offered a diverse offering of original music highlighting the Australian-born phenom’s guitar heroics.
After a brief break Robinson and Smith teamed up for an impromptu jam session, as the musicians took turns taking the lead on their Gretsch guitars. A finale of the Chet Atkins instrumental was certainly a crowd favorite.
To view a photo album of the event, click here, and watch Fred Gretsch address the audience in the videos below, in addition to performance footage of Robinson and Smith.
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