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Get the New Gretsch Electric Guitar Book By Tony Bacon


Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own with a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest.

The new Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More features all the great Gretsch models both new and old, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many  Gretsch artists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer.

In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch’s rich history also features glorious photography and a detailed collectors guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.

Order your copy here.

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Wildwood Guitars Dissects the New G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rods


Greg Koch GretschGreg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch’s Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars.

The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer’s exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5″ fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features.

Throughout the video, Carducci tells the story about how these guitars came to be, while Koch takes the time to demonstrate their excellent tone.

Learn more in the clip below.

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5 Eye-Catching Gretsch Finishes


Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?

G5438T Pro Jet in Gold

Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.

Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod in Green Sparkle

Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs.  But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod Two-Tone

While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.

G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body in Sunburst

The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!

G6122-12 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen 12-String

This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s.  And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!


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5 Gretsch Guitars to Drool Over


There is admittedly an endless amount of eye candy all across the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., this week, but let’s be real … Gretsch guitars are gorgeous!

Here are 5 Gretsch guitars to drool over …

Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup

Built by Master Builder Steve Stern, this Custom Shop axe is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock. Oh, and it comes with a belt buckle to wear and an alligator leather strap, too!

G6134 White Penguin

A veritable holy grail among classic electric guitar aficionados, the Gretsch White Penguin combines the gold and glitter of the Falcon with the sleek style of the Duo Jet.

G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body Limited Edition Quilted Maple

The G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body is now available in a special limited edition model with a beautiful quilt maple top. All the other special touches are still there, too.

Limited Edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body Cadillac Green

The flagship Chet Atkins Hollow Body has never before been offered in alluring Cadillac Green. Until now. The limited edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body LTD Cadillac Green is an elegantly verdant version of the quintessential modern 6120, with gold appointments that complete its refined look and style.

1955 Gretsch Custom Shop White Falcon with Red Sparkle Binding

What a beauty! Another Steve Stern custom-build, this White Falcon feature a red sparkle pickguard with matching binding. Numerous authorized Custom Shop dealers engaged in a bidding war during the 2015 NAMM Show for this one.  

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Tour the Gretsch NAMM Booth


Watch this video for a quick tour around the Gretsch booth at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

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