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Premier Guitar Features 1962 Gretsch 6196 in its Vintage Vault

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In the April 2015 issue, Premier Guitar put a spotlight on a 1962 Gretsch 6196 as part of its Vintage Vault series.

The instrument, on display at Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Cross, Wisc., has features often associated with Gretsch guitars from 1962, including a “cushioned for comfort” back pad that hid a hole designed to provide easy access to the interior wiring, a built-in string mute, and a standby switch. Additionally, the guitar includes gold Filter’Tron humbuckers, Space Control bridge, and ebony fretboard with Neo-Classic inlays (standard since 1958).  Instead of the stock “G” tailpiece, this vintage guitar is equipped with a non-original Bigsby vibrato.

Read more about this vintage ax here.

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TracksAuction.com To Auction John Lennon’s Gretsch Guitar

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John Lennon

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.

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Acoustic Guitar Sessions: Eric Bibb

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Eric Bibb
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.

Watch the session here.

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Tom Petersson and Chris Fleming on the G5034TFT Rancher

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In this video clip, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson and Gretsch’s Chris Fleming discuss the Gretsch G5034TFT Rancher.

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Patrick Stump Runs Through His Rig with Premier Guitar

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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.

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