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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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Watch Trailer for George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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The Martin Scorsese-directed George Harrison: Living in the Material World premiered over Labor Day weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. The two-part documentary will air on HBO October 5-6.

The film is accompanied by a book of the same name, penned by Harrison’s widow, Olivia.

“It’s been five years (referring to the time it took to make the film) and it really took a good two years before I could just open my hand a bit,” she said at a Telluride screening Q&A of sharing her late husband’s keepsakes in research for the film. “There were letters that George never imagined his mother saved or that would be read. They were so revealing and just so honest; that really was the beginning of this project.”

Enjoy a trailer for the film below.

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Nick Perri Discovers Storied Gretsch in his Own Family

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Nick Perri, who now plays with Sinai and has worked with artists including Shinedown, Perry Farrell and Matt Sorum, recently uncovered a great Gretsch discovery in his own family.

The Gretsch guitar above still looks fairly new, but as Perri learned, it has quite the history.  The guitar belonged to his uncle’s uncle, Jerold Daywalt, better known by his stage name of Jerry Kelly.

Back in the 1930s, Kelly was a session heavyweight, playing with the likes of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Patti Page and the likes. He also had his own band, The Kelly Bros.

As a musician and fellow Gretsch artist, Perri enjoyed combing through Kelly’s scrapbook, and has kindly shared a few of those photos with us.

Here’s Jerry Kelly with the Gretsch.

A letter to Jerry Kelly from WQDX.

Jerry Kelly with Bing Crosby, as well as a letter from Crosby.

It’s hard to make out, but Patti Page autographed this for Kelly, writing, “To Jerry, Best Always, Patti Page.”

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