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GAK Music Demos a Gretsch G6128T Duo Jet


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Gretsch/Fender Product Education Specialist Damon Chivers recently hooked up with a representative from GAK Music in the U.K. to run through a G6128T Duo Jet with Bigsby and a G6128T-GH George Harrison signature Duo Jet.

The demo was truly informative, as each guitar has its share of sonic differences, namely in the Filter’Tron pickups in the G6128T Duo Jet as compared to the single-coil DynaSonic pickups in the Harrison model.

“We always say, ‘That great Gretsch sound,’ but it’s absolutely true,” said Chivers. “There is nothing else that sounds like them. Whether it’s the classic rockabilly, the Chet [Atkins] thing, or the Beatles, or whatever, it’s an all-around great-sounding guitar.”

Learn more in the video below.

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Peghead Nation Demos the Camp Uke


The Gretsch Roots Collection continues to reap positive press with the latest coming in the way of a review for the Gretsch G9101 Camp Uke by Peghead Nation.

“The Camp Uke is incredibly lightweight, and with its small size, you could indeed stuff it into a typical daypack,” notes reviewer Teja Gerken. “The instrument is set up to play with great ease, and a balanced tone offers lovely soprano ukulele sounds on every part of the fingerboard.”

Click here to watch a video that gives a complete rundown of its specs, along with a short playing demo by instructor Adrianne Serna.

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Stephen Stern Shares Inspiration Behind Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup


Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup 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.

In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup and time it took to build.

The one-of-a-kind custom shop ax is available at Chicago Music Exchange.

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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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