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MusicRadar Tests a Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr

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MusicRadar recently picked up a Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr and put it to the test.

“It’s a great little package,” said the website. “Little being the operative word; its compact size means it’s light and loads of fun to play standing up. Tonally, it’s bright and zingy, chiming out with big open chords and surprisingly loudly for such a diminutive body.”

“It’s the details that make Gretsch guitars unique,” said MusicRadar. “And the Rancher Jr is full of them, from the flawless binding and finish to the solid strap lock.

Visit MusicRadar.com to read the full review.

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George Harrison App Now Available

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The Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app is now available through iTunes.

The app brings George Harrison’s private guitar collection to life through photographs, detailed descriptions, audio, and video footage. For the first time, with the help of unique 360-degree imaging by photographer Steven Sebring, fans can see the scratches, dings, and worn threads on the guitars as if they were themselves holding the instruments.

Fans can examine Harrison’s private guitar collection, through personal audio recordings from Harrison himself as he introduces many of the guitars and plays sections of songs. The audio was captured by Harrison’s son, Dhani.

“Back in 1999 or so while we were preparing the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass, I got the idea that we should do a web site that would document all of the guitars,” explains Dhani to Guitar Aficionado. “It never got built, because the technology at the time was not yet up to snuff, but I had gone through the guitars with my dad and had him announce and play each one.”

The history of each guitar is laid out in great detail; including the origin of the guitar, when and how it became part of Harrison’s collection, modifications he made to it and why each was so important in creating his distinctive sound. Songs from his catalog are organized by the guitars used on each track, which allows the user to appreciate the personalities of each instrument.

The video section of the app contains footage of Ben Harper, Josh Homme, Mike Campbell and Dhani Harrison each playing and showcasing the guitars and exploring their feel and tone. In addition, Conan O’Brien and Dhani discuss what make these guitars so exceptional.  Also in this section, guitar great Gary Moore shares his views on what made George Harrison such a distinctive and influential guitar player.

The app sells for $9.99 at the Apple App Store.

Watch a video previewing the app’s features at the link below:

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Premier Guitar Tours Gretsch Custom Shop

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Premier Guitar‘s Rebecca Dirks recently got the VIP tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop by builder Stephen Stern.

Stern took Dirks through many of the amazingly striking Gretsch pieces he and his team have built.

Check out the video below:

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MusicRadar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet

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MusicRadar’s Ed Mitchell recently weighed in on the Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet.

“It’s gold, sparkly and still as cool as your granny’s mood when you wake her at 4am with AC/DC riffs,” writes Mitchell.

In a nutshell, Mitchell said the G5448T Double Jet offers “great build quality, playability and tone,” and that it’s “well worth the asking price.”

Read the full review at MusicRadar.com

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A Closer Look at the Roots Collection

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Yesterday, we officially announced the new Gretsch Roots Collection. For a closer look at some of these new instruments, we recommend this video clip from the 2012 NAMM show when Greg Koch sat down with Gretsch’s Mike Lewis to discuss the line.

Watch and enjoy below:

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