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‘Guitarist’ Magazine Reviews Players and Vintage Select Edition Models

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In its May issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine reviews a few of the new Gretsch Players Edition and Vintage Select Edition models, bestowing the Guitarist Choice awards on both the Vintage Select G6120T- ’55 Chet Atkins and G6118T Players Edition Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby®.

“Workingman’s Gretsch with great upgrades, not least the locking tuners and String-Thru Bigsby,” notes the mag of the Anniversary model.

As for the Vintage Select G6120T-55GE, the mag noted that it’s a “classic guitar with high build quality, great playability and huge ‘twang’ factor.”

The review includes a full feature breakdown of the aforementioned models, in addition to the Vintage Select G6136T-59 Falcon and the Players Edition G6119T Tennessee Rose.

The final verdict?

“Beautifully made and with some lovely period-correct details mixed with more modern concessions, there’s little we don’t like here. Choosing your fit, however, may be a more difficult decision. The White Falcon is a serious investment, although its sturdier build and longer scale (not to mention those Filter’Trons) give it perhaps the most versatile sonic palette. Considerably lower in cost, our two Players Edition models are close cousins and either would be perfect for those for rockier, less ‘Gretsch-style’ outings, the new string-thru Bigsby alone will cure what most of us find a chore: restringing.

“That just leaves the Chet Atkins G6120T-55 hollow body, which with its lighter build and those DynaSonic-style single coils, really gets to the essence of the ‘Gretsch sound.’ If you haven’t played a Gretsch for a while, you might be very surprised. These are some serious guitars.”

The mag also features an interview with rock ‘n’ roll rebel rouser and longtime Gretsch artist Darrell Higham, who was asked to weigh in on the newest Gretsch models in the review section.

“On a 6120, like the Chet Atkins Reissue we’ve got here, you want a nice dainty neck, because it’s a guitar you feel you should play quite fast on — and, actually, the 6120 is very versatile and you can use it for lots of different types of music. It’s not just great for rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll, especially with lighter gauge strings than the 0.011s that are on here.

“I think the updates they’ve made on the Players Edition guitars here are good,” he also noted. “If someone’s looking for a semi, but worries that Gretsches are too genre-specific, they should go for one of these, like this Tennessee Rose. It could be an indie guitar or jazz – there’s no reason you couldn’t do anything on a guitar like this. I really like this one – it feels really solid and it could become your main warhorse. There’s nothing delicate about it, even the scratch plate feels welded on.”

Be sure to pick up the new issue, and also check out the video demo below.

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Total Guitar Reviews Streamliner

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The new Gretsch Streamliner G2622 Center Block Double Cutaway earned the front cover of Total Guitar‘s March issue. And while all the new Streamliner guitars received rave reviews, the G2622 was awarded with “Total Guitar‘s Best Buy.”

Gretsch practically dominates the issue with lengthy reviews of the new models, a Q&A with Gretsch Europe Project Manager Adam Bowden-Smith, tabs to play rockabilly, a look at five legendary Gretsch icons (from Eddie Cochran to Cliff Gallup), a list of alternative Gretsch icons (from Tim Armstrong to Jack White) and a tech piece on how to “get more from your Bigsby.”

As for the Streamliner review—which covers specs, looks and tones of the Center Blocks, Center Block Jr.’s and Hollow Body guitars—the magazine concluded with this:

“Gretsch has picked up the affordable ball and smashed it right out of the park! If you want a proper Gretsch-brand hollowbody or semi, you don’t have to put up with copies with the wrong name on the headstock any more. This trio are quite possibly the bargains of 2016 and we’re only just into the new year. Fit, finish, sound and playability are all way above what you’d expect at these prices.”

Get the March issue of Total Guitar here!

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Guitar and Bass Reviews and Awards the Streamliner Collection

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Guitar and Bass MagazineThe March 2016 issue of Guitar and Bass magazine highlights the all-new Streamliner collection with a detailed review, with the G2655T Streamliner Center Block Junior Double Cutaway receiving the “Guitar and Bass Award.” The G2655T scored 9 out of 10 for its design, manageable size, easy playability, and sweet clean tone.

The review by Huw Price includes an in-depth look at each of the models, and focuses on the brand new Broad’Tron humbucking pickups that all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) share.

“The sound we were looking for was between a classic Filter’Tron and a PAF-style humbucker, but leaning more towards the Filter’tron,” explained Gretsch Product Manager Adam Bowden-Smith. “So Gretsch tonality with a broader sound, hence the Broad’Tron name.”

The G2622 Streamliner Center-Block Double Cutaway and G2420T Streamliner Single Cut Hollow Body also scored high, earning an 8 out of 10 with praise for their excellent tonal resonance and overdrive tones, traditional Gretsch style, and easy playability and stable tuning.

“These Gretsches are so solidly made and well finished that there’s plenty to enjoy for newbies and Gretsch die-hards alike,” concluded Price.

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Guitar Player Tests Out a G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville

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Guitar Player‘s Michael Molenda tested out a Gretsch G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville for the magazine’s February issue.

In the review, Molenda runs through the instrument’s construction, control switches, pickups, playability and tones.

“No matter what sound you’re rocking, string-to-string articulation is exceptional. The Nashville may look like a retro, rockabilly twang machine— and it is—but it’s also a guitar that can product beautiful jazz timbres, blitzkrieg-ing punk sounds, hefty classic-rock tones, and even some funky, R&B style skanks.”

Molenda wrapped up his stellar review with this:

“If I didn’t need food, sleep, or gainful employment, I could play this thing 24/7 and be a very happy camper. The only bummer about today’s Gretsches is that they’re expensive little jewels. But if you can save up the bucks, these retro beauties bleed rock and roll. The G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville ups that ante even further by delivering modern, vintage, and versatile tones with attitude to burn.”

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Music Store Live Gets the Scoop on the Gretsch Players Edition

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Music Store Live paid a trip to Gretsch headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., prior to the NAMM show to get an exclusive preview of the new Gretsch Players Edition models.

In the video below, Gretsch’s Joe Carducci explains some of key player-friendly features of the edition, while guitarist Thano Sahnas demos a few of the guitars.

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