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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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Guitar World Checks out the New Gretsch Collections

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During last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Guitar World magazine paid a quick visit by the Gretsch booth to check out the Gretsch Streamliner, Golden Era and Players Edition guitars.

Watch below as Gretsch’s Joe Carducci gives GW a quick tour through the booth.

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6 New Gretsch Roots Instruments to Try

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Our Gretsch Roots Collection has developed quite a following over the last few years, and we are so pleased to have a few more new models to this popular line.

Here are 6 new Gretsch Roots instruments we recommend you try:

G9241 Alligator™ Biscuit Round-Neck Resonator Guitar with Fishman® Nashville Pickup (Chieftain Red or 2-Color Sunburst)

The all-mahogany G9241 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck Resonator is an adaptation on the successful Gretsch G9240 model. Now featuring the Fishman® Nashville™ Biscuit-Style pickup, this acoustic/electric resonator projects its distinctively swampy tone all the way to the back door of any dancehall. Like all fine Gretsch resonator guitars, the vital feature of the G9241 is the Gretsch “Ampli-Sonic™” diaphragm (resonator cone).

Hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum, the Ampli-Sonic diaphragm yields an impressive quality and volume of tone.

G9500 Jim Dandy™ 24” Scale Barnwood Burst

Faithful to the Gretsch “Rex” parlor guitars of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone’s first guitar. Everything and then some that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24” scale for endless hours of playing comfort.

Released in late 2015, we are also offering the G9500 Jim Dandy™ Flat Top in a limited run Roundup Burst finish.


G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck Resonator Guitar Oxblood

A single strum of the Honey Dipper Round-Neck Resonator Guitar transports one back 80 years to a hobo jungle just off the tracks, where wandering workers congregate in camaraderie and the comforting and captivating strains of a real all-metal resonator guitar waft through the smoke of oil-drum fires and enchant the ears with a sound like raindrops beating on a rusty pump house roof.

Features a medium “V” mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and 19 medium jumbo frets, Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Biscuit Resonator Cone and Bridge, and 1930s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face.

Also, in late 2015, Gretsch released a limited run of G9202 Honey Dipper™ Special Round-Neck in a Bell Bronze finish. This round-neck resonator guitar has all the same features as the wildly popular G9201 Honey Dipper, with the additions of aged white fingerboard binding, screened headstock graphic and a weathered “Bell Bronze” finish.

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See Inside the 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth

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Below is a quick video of our 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth in Anaheim, Calif. We hope you enjoy this glimpse at some of our new and amazing instruments!

If you are visiting the show, please be sure to tag Gretsch in photos or video you post to social! (Instagram: @officialgretsch, Facebook.com/GretschGuitars, Twitter: @GretschUSA.)

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