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‘Vintage Guitar’ Reviews Vintage Select ’55 Falcon


Vintage Guitar’s Michael Dregni reviewed the G6136-55 Vintage Select Edition ’55 Falcon in the magazine’s September issue, awarding it as “VG Approved Gear.”

Dregni tees up the review with a brief history of the original 1955 Falcon—“the pink Cadillac of guitars”—that segues into an explanation of the 2016 Gretsch product line hierarchy, from the Vintage Select and Players Editions to the Electromatic and Streamliner Collections.

The glowing review also offers an in-depth description of the many luxuries the Vintage Select Falcon is equipped with, including gold sparkle binding, TV Jones T-Armond pickups, “Squeezebox” capacitors, and Grover Imperial tuning machines.

As the review notes, the ’55 Falcon’s “looks would make Liberace drool,” but it also is a tonal masterpiece that ranges in versatility.

“You can make music ranging from White Falcon designer Jimmie Webster’s jazz to trebly rockabilly to Stephen Stills’ and Neil Young’s classic rock drive,” writes Dregni. “It’s fluid, smooth, and a wonder, making you sound better than you thought you ever would.”

Read the full review here.

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Guitar Player Reviews the G2420 Streamliner


Guitar Player reviewer Mike Molenda tests out the G2420 Streamliner in the Gear Roundup feature in the magazine’s September issue.

Throughout the review, Molenda praises the Streamliner for its aesthetics, sound, value and comfort.

“The frets are beautifully rounded, the finish is near perfect, the internal bracing and wiring are tidy, and the hardware is sturdy and cosmetically appealing,” he writes. “The G2420 feels as comfy as a well-worn Pendleton shirt as it hugs up against your body, which makes playing it seem almost effortless.”

Molenda focuses on the modern, versatile and dynamic sound the instrument offers towards the conclusion of his review.

“The tone is shocking in a very good way, because there is nothing retro about it at all. This thing screams like a rock machine. Use it to reimagine super-charged rockabilly, stratospheric funk, agro jazz, or any kind of music that snarls and roars but it can also downshift dynamically to caress and soothe.”

Find out what else Molenda had to say in the full review here.

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Premier Guitar Reviews the G2622T Streamliner in Quick Hits Feature


In the August issue of Premier Guitar, Jason Shadrick reviews the G2622T Streamliner Center Block with Bigsby in the magazine’s “Quick Hits” feature.

The short and sweet spot offers a quick overview of the Streamliner’s feature set, and praises the guitar for aesthetics, value and versatility.

“Now, more than ever, this tried-and-true tonal recipe has migrated into the good graces of modern red-dirt country-radio jams and the next generation of Cult-inspired hard rockers,” writes Shadrick.

Shadrick also awarded the G2622T Streamliner with 4 out of 5 stars for Tones, Playability and Build/Design, and gave it a 4.5 star rating for Value.

Click here to read the full review and listen to two demos.

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Gretsch Announces the Tom Petersson Signature Basses


Photo by Lou Brutus

Gretsch will officially unveil two new Tom Petersson signature bass models during the Summer NAMM show this week in Nashville, Tenn.

The members of Cheap Trick have reigned as the high priests of hard-rocking U.S. power pop for more than 40 years, with an influential and infectiously ever-youthful sound. The band has recorded countless hits, performed over 5,000 shows and recently released their seventeenth studio album. On April 8, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, solidifying their legendary status and entering a new realm amongst their inspirational peers.

On the heels of this pinnacle moment, Gretsch is proud to honor the Cheap Trick co-founder and bassist with the USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon™ Bass and G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass.

Both models will be available in early 2017.

USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon™ Bass.

Petersson pioneered the creation of the 12-String bass and has become synonymous with the unique instrument that heavily impacted the band’s dynamic sound, especially enhancing their live shows. The Cheap Trick bassist has been playing his custom 12-String prototype live during the development process, and it has already garnered great admiration and attention.

“Everywhere I go now with my Gretsch bass, people are in shock,” said Petersson. “That’s really why Gretsch has always stood out so much because they are like the Cadillac or Rolls Royce of guitars. They are the flashiest, coolest looking … You show up with that and people are like ‘Oh my god! I don’t even care how that thing sounds, that’s the coolest looking instrument I’ve ever seen.’ But then you plug it in and it’s like, ‘Oh my, whoa, what is going on here?’ So it’s the best of every world. I couldn’t think of a company I’d rather work with than Gretsch.”

Stunning in style and utterly seismic in tone, it puts Petersson’s distinctive stamp on the classic White Falcon Bass design. This first and only Gretsch 12-string bass model is surely the most powerful Falcon ever. Premium features include a laminated maple body, a 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and mother-of pearl inlays that sits atop a “C” shaped maple gloss-finished neck, a shorter scale length (30.3″) for comfort and fatter, sweeter tone, dual custom Seymour Duncan® Super’Tron pickups, a specially designed 12-string Space Control™ bridge and Gretsch “Cadillac” tailpiece, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.

Available in Vintage White.

G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass

Additionally, Gretsch will offer a traditional 4-string model. The G6136B-TP-AWT features a laminated maple body, 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and mother-of pearl inlays, short scale length (30.3”), Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gretsch “Cadillac” tailpiece, gloss-finish maple neck with “U” profile, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.

Per Petersson’s specifications, the typical bridge pickup has been replaced instead with a middle pickup (Seymour Duncan® Super’Tron) that pairs with the all-new Rumble’Tron in the neck pickup for an extra bold statement.

“You can get this big, thick sound if you just want that neck pickup sound but if you want more clarity, you’ve got that one in the middle – it’s in the perfect position and then the combination of the two is just great,” noted Petersson. “That’s different than most.”

Available in Aged White.

Petersson will make a special guest appearance at the 2016 Summer NAMM Gretsch booth for a one-hour autograph session at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 23.

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Streamliner Center Block Jr. Wins ‘Guitar World’ Gold


The new Gretsch Streamliner Center Block Jr. Double Cutaway with Bigsby won Gold in Guitar World magazine’s July issue.

“I can’t even begin to express how much fun the G2655T is to play,” wrote reviewer Paul Riaro. “Out of the box the guitar is setup perfectly, with low action and strings that possess a springy feel, much in part to the Bigsby licensed B50 vibrato.  I found the Bigsby most effective when I used it for slight half-to-whole step vibrato wiggle. As long as you’re not whammy aggressive, the guitar will stay in tune. Also, the  snugly thin profile of the nato neck allowed me to sail across the fretboard.

“The Broad’Tron pickups are noticeably darker sounding with plenty of output, pushing forth deep lows, growly midranges and cutting highs, and sound deliciously smooth when confronted with distortion.”

Read the full review and see a video demonstration over at

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