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Five Great Televised Gretsch Moments of the British Invasion

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On both sides of the Atlantic during the 1960s, the British Invasion created a golden age of rock and pop music on prime time TV that really hasn’t been equaled since. In addition to the big, long-running U.S. and U.K. variety shows of the era—The Ed Sullivan Show and Sunday Night at the London Palladium, respectively—it saw a proliferation of pop/rock programs that televised the invasion as it happened, such as Top of the Pops and Ready Steady Go! in the United Kingdom, and Shindig! and Hullabaloo in the United States.

One particularly happy result of all that great live and lip-synched programming was that, as never before, millions of viewers got a good up-close look at Gretsch guitars and basses in action. Here then are five great televised Gretsch moments from the British Invasion, beginning with the phenomenal landmark performance that started it all.

P.S. – If anybody knows where we can find a Yardbirds TV clip that shows Eric Clapton playing his double-cutaway Gretsch 6120, let us know, would you? We searched all over and can’t find it, but we’re convinced that it exists and would love to see it …

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Conan Checks out George Harrison Guitars

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Conan invited Dhani Harrison by his show last week to unveil the new iPad app featuring his father’s collection. Harrison, in turn, allowed Conan to actually hold and play a few of the valued instruments.  Watch what happened below when he got his hands on George’s Duo Jet.

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Watch Interview with Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern

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Wildwood Guitars teamed up with esteemed musician Greg Koch to cover the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Koch interviewed a variety of luthiers, product managers and musicians, including this interview with Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern.

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Martucci Tributes Gretsch With Tat

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Not that he had a ton of blank space on his heavily-inked arms, but Thousand Watt Stare guitarist Christian Martucci recently paid tribute to a prominent part of his instrument arsenal with this Gretsch logo. Check out the iconic Gretsch symbol freshly tattooed on his right wrist.

Martucci, who has played with Dee Dee Ramone and and Corey Taylor of Slipknot, formed his band along with bassist Pat Kim and drummer Dylan Howard in 2010.  Fellow guitarist Trevor Howard was added earlier this year.

You can hear Thousand Watt Stare’s brand of heavy rock with their debut full-length album Silver Dimes.

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Tim Armstrong Announces New Web Series

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Rancid’s Tim Armstrong has announced a new original web series called Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater.

“Doing a show centered on musical theatre isn’t really a stretch for me,”  Armstrong tells altpress.com. “For 25 years I’ve been making music and collaborating with friends, been involved in hundreds of videos, and it’s really just a direct extension of my world.”

The pilot episode, “Dante,” starring AFI frontman Davey Havok, Rancid guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen and actor Robert David Hall (CSI) is scheduled to air Oct. 21 on VEVO, marking the first scripted original programming featured on the music video website.

Watch the trailer below …

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