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Chicago Music Exchange Features Gretsch Sparkle Jet

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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:

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Ed Roland Rocks ‘Birmingham’ with New Gretsch Roots Uke

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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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Watch Nik & Sam Perform “(Wanna) Live Like That”

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Watch below as twin sisters and country artists Nik & Sam give an exclusive performance for Gretsch of “(Wanna) Live Like That,” and then talk about their gear. Both girls are rocking the new Gretsch Roots Collection with Nik on the Gretsch G5034 Rancher Dreadnought and Sam playing the G9400 Broadkaster® Deluxe Banjo.

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Own One Of The Guitars Used In OK Go’s ‘Needing/Wanting’ Video

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Eleven of the cherry and black Gretsch Electromatic G5103 CVT III guitars that were used in OK Go’s viral “Needing/Getting” music video are now available for purchase.

In the video, which first aired during Super Bowl XLVI and currently has over 18,000,000 views on YouTube, the band played their song by driving a van through a complex set up of instruments forming a chain reaction of sounds.

Gretsch was represented by 288 guitars used in the video, and the 11 available models feature wear marks and have been preserved in their dusty “as is” condition.

One of the 50 G5222 Electromatic amps used in the music video also comes with the packages, as well as a Fender cord, a letter of authenticity signed by each member of the band and the president of Gretsch guitars, and a photo of the guitars taken on set while making the video.

Pick up your “Needing/Wanting” Gretsch package here.  Proceeds will support the Fender Music Foundation’s mission to provide music education to children and adults across the country.

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New Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad App Features Famous Gretsch Duo Jet

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The new Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app from Bandwdth Publishing presents a fascinating digital guided tour of one of the world’s most historic guitar collections belonging to one of the world’s most famous and beloved guitarists. It delivers 360-degree views and an unbelievably detailed close-up look at every scratch, ding, dent and modification of the guitars that Harrison used to make his many monumental contributions to music.

Fans can dive much deeper, too—Guitar Collection: George Harrison also presents the facts about and the story behind each guitar through detailed descriptions, a wealth of images, historical and contemporary video footage, a full list of Beatles and Harrison songs on which each guitar is heard, and even the unmistakable voice of Harrison himself.

Among the many famous instruments on digital display, the app presents a remarkably detailed look at the highly distinctive Gretsch Duo Jet that figured so prominently in Harrison’s early career and that he was photographed with for the cover of acclaimed 1987 solo album Cloud Nine. Harrison played the guitar extensively from summer 1961 through spring 1963—a historic period that encompassed the Beatles’ meteoric rise from regional popularity at home in Liverpool, the band’s gritty rock ‘n’ roll “apprenticeship” in the seedy nightclubs of Hamburg, Germany, 1963 debut album Please Please Me, the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania and the opening salvos of the British Invasion.

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