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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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Billy Duffy Unveils his ‘Evil Twins’ in Guitar Player

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Cult guitarist Billy Duffy unveils his “evil twins” – his signature White and Black Falcon – in the Guitar Player magazine February 2016 issue.

After having rolled out a Gretsch signature White Falcon model in 2013, the company added a limited run of a Black Falcon in late 2015.

“It was Ian [Astbury, Cult vocalist], really, who started it all. He said, ‘You should do a black one and call it the ‘Evil Twin,’” Duffy told GP. “That’s the kind of thing Ian says, but I also thought it was a good idea.”

Duffy also talks a bit about new Cult album Hidden City, which dropped on Feb. 5.

“There are definitely more hooks in there,” said Duffy. “Everybody was happy with Choice of Weapon, but we didn’t get as deeply into song creation, because there was the double producer thing with Chris Goss starting it, and then Bob Rock finishing it. They both have their processes, so there was a bit of almost re-engineering the songs. But for this one, Bob was involved in the songwriting every early, coaching me and Ian.

“Also, one of my complaints about the last album was the guitars were the last thing to get done. You know, ‘Okay, quick. Throw a solo on there.’ Bob and I really enjoy the process because he’s a player too, so he said ‘For this one, I want to make sure you get enough time to maybe put too much guitar on the record. I’d like to take some stuff off when we mix, instead of just having enough guitar to get by.’ So we went to a studio on Maui, and we just did guitars, which was nice.”

Get the new album here!

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Guitarist Awards High Praise to the new Gretsch Streamliner Guitars

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In its February 2016 issue, Guitarist magazine features an in-depth look at the new Streamliner collection, and also bestows their “Guitarist Choice” award upon the G2622 Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway.

“They look like Gretsch guitars and sound quite like them, too. But those prices? Gretsch opens its arms to the entry-level market and sets the bark impressively high,” notes reviewer Dave Burriuck.

One of the key features common among all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) is the new Broad’Tron humbucking pickup.

“These pickups have gone through extensive R&D specifically for these guitars,” said Gretsch’s Adam Bowden-Smith to Guitarist. “They’re punchy with a higher output, hotter-than-vintage Filter’Trons. The older ones had a larger logo; the new ones are nickel-plated with a more subtle stamped logo. The first prototypes were wound by Chris Fleming, then head of Gretsch R&D (and with extensive experience in Fender’s Custom Shop.)”

The reviewer breaks down each of the three models, and then concludes with the following verdict:

“More guitars for less money will continue to be a theme this year. It will be interesting to see if any major brands manage to do it quite as well as Gretsch has done here. Construction is crisp, seen in the important details of the neck, fingerboard and fretting. Center blocks and lightness don’t always go hand in hand, and yet here they do.

“But are we really getting a half-price Gretsch? Yes and no. The beefier pickups certainly don’t nail a classic Gretsch tonality – although if that’s what you want, the full-size pickups are easy to replace – but they do broaden the sonic potential, especially for more gained styles, while staying close to the classic iconography.

“The deep hollow body G2420T is hugely evocative and perfect for lower-volume older styles. The G2622 might well be the bargain ‘Es-335′ we’ve all been waiting for, and with the G2655, you’ll find a solid body sized center-blocked semi that might be the most ‘solid’ sounding of the trio but will handle virtually any style.”

Watch Guitarist‘s accompanying video demo below:

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