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Guitar Aficionado Reviews Billy Duffy’s White Falcon

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Billy Duffy Gretsch White Falcon

In Guitar Aficionado‘s May/June issue, the magazine reviews Billy Duffy’s new signature Gretsch White Falcon, based on the Gretsch 1975 single-cutaway 7593 that has been his main axe since forming the Cult.

“As the proud owner of a 1976 Gretsch 7593 White Falcon, I can attest that the G7593T Billy Duffy White Falcon is nearly identical when it comes to feel and playability,” writes GA author Chris Gill. “The Duffy model has the advantage of being slightly lighter and more comfortable, but the slim neck profile and the incredibly fast-playing fingerboard are one and the same.”

Gill also discusses its custom-wound pickups, noting that they “sound incredible through overdrive Marshall and Fender tweed amps, providing the distinctive midrange snarl that has made Filter’Trons one of the best choices for hard-rock rhythm playing, but without the feedback problems that afflict lower-output pickups.”

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Chicago Music Exchange Demos a White Penguin

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Chicago Music Exchange recently pulled out a Gretsch White Penguin for a demo, playing the guitar through a JHS Pollinator Fuzz for a distortion tone and a Line 6 ToneCore Verbzilla for ambient reverb.

“The Gretsch White Penguin is considered by many to be the epitome of classic electric guitars featuring all the glitter and glitz of the Falcon with the sleek styling of the Jet,” the dealer wrote on its official YouTube account. (more…)

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Gretsch Lore: The Cherry Blossom Incident

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Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can go haywire, but with glorious results. Case in point …

An experienced painter at the Gretsch factory began prepping topcoats on 200 of the new Electromatic® G5422TDCG double-cutaway guitars in beautiful Snow Crest White. What the painter didn’t realize was that he had connected the source of the paint supply with a contaminated feed line just used to do a run of guitars in Cherry Red.

Once the paint cured on the guitars, the shop foreman questioned the painter on his method of creating the now-gorgeous high-gloss white finish containing just a slight hint of red; a color that wasn’t scheduled for use. Embarrassed and unsure at the time how the mishap occurred, the painter, in an effort to save face, confidently responded, “What you see before you is not guitars painted the wrong color, but 200 instruments finished in the shade Cherry Blossom.”

And so, there now exists a limited worldwide quantity of 200 G5422TDCG guitars in what we consider a gorgeous Cherry Blossom finish.

The Electromatic G5422TDCG double-cutaway hollow-body features sound-post bracing and elegant body and f hole binding. It also features dynamic new “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups based on a select set of Baldwin-era Filter’Trons, which provide knockout punch and phenomenal twang. Other features include a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and hump-block pearloid inlays, gold plexi pickguard, three-position pickup switch, classic “G”-arrow control knobs, rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Bigsby®-licensed B60G vibrato tailpiece, vintage-style open-back tuners and gold-plated hardware.

Visit the product page here, and contact your local Gretsch dealer to get your hands on one of these beauties.

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MusicRadar Names Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet One of Six Of The Best Retro-Style Guitars

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The Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet made the cut on Music Radar’s Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses list.

“Paying tribute to the Gretsch Duo Jet, this Chinese-made Bigsby-equipped retro rocker has tones to match its sparkling looks,” said MusicRadar.

Click here to see what else made it on to MusicRadar’s list.

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Gretsch G5022CE Rancher Gets Editors’ Pick From Guitar Player Magazine

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Guitar Player magazine Editor-In-Chief Michael Molenda reviewed a Gretsch G5022CE Rancher in the magazine’s July issue, honoring it with the Guitar Player Editors’ Pick award.

“The new G5022CE Rancher retains most of the awesome vibe, beauty, and tonal wonders of the much more expensive 2002 version,” said Molenda. “While adding some rock-and-roll stage worthiness with its access to the higher frets and a truly excellent Fishman Isys + preamp.”

He also said that the Rancher’s character is retained when plugged in.

“The G5022CE’s electronics are fabulous. The onboard tuner is extremely visible, and the guitar’s character is retained when amplified.”

Molenda’s final verdict said that the Rancher makes for a “versatile and stunning guitar that will inspire you to genius no matter what type of music you play.”

Get the July issue of Guitar Player here to read more on why the G5022CE Rancher got the magazine’s Editors’ Pick.

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