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Andy Babiuk Dishes on Gretsch and Chet Atkins


The Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibit is going strong at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring 75 rare and historic Gretsch guitars.

The instruments are among more than 300 Gretsch guitars purchased by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  His collection was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.

In this clip below, musician, artist, and guitar expert Andy Babiuk and CMHOF museum curator Mick Buck discuss the history between Gretsch and the legendary Chet Atkins, while taking a look at some of the guitars in the exhibit inspired by Atkins.

Enjoy below, and find out more details about the exhibit here!

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Premier Guitar Channels Scotty Moore for New Guitar Lesson


Ever wonder how to achieve that classic sound Scotty Moore made famous? Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger straps on a White Falcon, and breaks down the galloping techniques that will have you strumming like Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist in no time.

Watch Bohlinger’s step-by-step instruction below to easily master the I-IV-V cascading progression, complete with picking patterns.

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Watch Robert Plant’s Television Cameo


Gretsch enjoyed some more TV time last night with an outstanding spot in Sky 1′s Welsh comedy Stella, starring Ruth Jones.

In the Feb. 23 episode during the funeral service for “Daddy,’ Robert Plant is introduced rather dismissively as Mr. Rubber.  The audience is quick to realize, however, it’s actually the Led Zeppelin singer, who introduces his performance as such:

“This one’s for your Daddy. See you on the stairway.”

Plant is accompanied by guitarist Darrel Higham on his Stephen Stern Gretsch Custom Shop 5170 EC Falcon in a performance that quickly gets the audience on its feet.

Watch below.

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Gretsch Gets Some Play in HBO’s New Series ‘Vinyl’


The new 10-part HBO drama series Vinyl debuted last week, and looks to be a an interesting and wild ride through the sex- and drug-addled music scene of 1970s New York.

Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, Vinyl stars Bobby Cannavale as record label president Richie Finestra, a man who is trying to save both his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.

In the pilot episode, though, it was unfortunately a 1959 Gretsch Bo Diddley that suffered his ire.

During a party thrown by Finestra’s wife (played by Olivia Wilde), his co-workers present him with the guitar in a scene that is inter cut with live performance footage of “Go Bo Diddley.”

“The guitar, it’s really great,” he said. “I used to listen to his records—stand in front of the mirror with my mom’s broom.”

Later in the episode, Finestra unfortunately suffers a relapse, and winds up drunkenly playing the guitar around his living room. Falling off the wagon sparks an argument with his wife, leading Finestra to take his frustrations out on his priceless guitar and television set.

You can watch the the full episode for free here, in exchange for your email.

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Premier Guitar Explores New Collections at NAMM


PG Blog NAMMPremier Guitar stopped by the Gretsch booth at the 2016 NAMM Show to get a glimpse of the new Streamliner, Golden Era and Players Editions Collections.

Watch Gretsch’s Joe Carducci demo and discuss these new instruments below.

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