Posted: November 5, 2012
Today, Gretsch makes several highly acclaimed bass guitar models prized by players worldwide for their elegant style and seismic sound. When you see a Gretsch bass, it’s usually in the hands of a bassist who truly prizes a fine instrument and who truly appreciates the Gretsch name and tradition.
Well before its fine modern-era basses, however, Gretsch made some very, shall we say, interesting forays into the bass guitar world. From its first, shall we say, unusual model in the early 1960s to another, shall we say, distinctive model at the dawn of the 1980s, Gretsch indeed truly went its own, shall we say, unconventional way when it came to anchoring the low end.
Submitted for your approval here are six remarkable—and quite extinct—examples of Gretsch bass guitar history, starting at the very beginning. (more…)
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Posted: July 16, 2012
A 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet recently appeared on PBS’ popular appraisal program Antiques Roadshow.
The guitar is a family heirloom that was played on stage and on the radio by the owners’ father and grandfather.
How much did Richard Johnston of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, Calif., appraise it for?
Watch the video below to find out.
For more information, visit the Antiques Roadshow website.
Posted: June 22, 2012
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame naturally has an extensive Beatles exhibit, and that collection was recently bolstered by the addition of John Lennon’s 1963 Gretsch G6120DC guitar.
Howard Kramer, the H.O.F.’s curatorial director, explained that Lennon that the guitar was mainly kept in the studio.
“John picked up this guitar in 1966. He used it in the sessions for ‘Paperback Writer, but in fact, he never even played it on stage,” Kramer said.
Learn more in the video below.
Click here for a look at some highlights of the Beatles exhibit.
Posted: May 24, 2012
This month, the folks over at Chicago Music Exchange featured a gold Gretsch Sparkle Jet in their ongoing series of product demos.
Sales manager Brian Westfall explained the history behind the guitar and played a variety of songs and tones in the showcase.
Learn more about the Sparkle Jet in the video below:
Posted: May 8, 2012
Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland performs a new Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea song, “Birmingham.” For this number, Roland rocks our new Gretsch Roots Collections G9470 Clarophone™ Banjo-Ukulele.
We first teased the Gretsch Roots Collection at the NAMM show in January, but the full launch is coming in the next few weeks!
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