Posted: October 7, 2014
TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.
The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.
Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.
“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.
Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.
Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.
Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.
Posted: October 6, 2014
In this Acoustic Guitar Session, Grammy-nominated bluesman Eric Bibb talks about his development as a musician, shares a piece of advice he received from Bob Dylan and performs “Turner Station” from latest album Jericho Road. For the number, Bibb relied on his “Gretsch (Jim) Dandy to the rescue model,” which he found on Haight Street in San Francisco only hours before the session.
Posted: October 3, 2014
In this video clip, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson and Gretsch’s Chris Fleming discuss the Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher.
Posted: September 15, 2014
Premier Guitar recently caught up with the guys in Fall Out Boy during a tour stop just outside of Nashville, and frontman Patrick Stump walked them through all his gear, including his signature Stump-O-Matic guitar.
“When I had this designed, I really was going for something that was a Swiss Army knife,” Stump said. ”I wanted something that could accomplish everything. I have a big collection of vintage guitars, and it’s really fun to play around with them, but on stage, on a tour, I want something that is consistent and easy.”
Learn more about what Stump plays live in the video below.
Posted: May 6, 2014
Acoustic Guitar magazine highlights the new Gretsch Roots Jim Dandy Flat Top guitar in its May issue.
The article first gives a brief rundown of some of the artists who have played Gretsch—from Brian Setzer to George Harrison to Neil Young to Stephen Stills— before diving into the Jim Dandy, which is modeled on the Gretsch Rex that was produced from the 1930s to the ’50s.
“The main difference between this and the original is that this one has an adjustable truss rod, and it has X-bracing so it actually sounds like a guitar,” said Mike Lewis, who developed the new Gretsch Roots Collection.
To read the full piece, pick up the May 2014 issue or sign up for a digital version here.
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