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Patrick Stump Discusses His New Gretsch Signature Model

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Fall Out Boy is back and better than ever in 2013, and so is singer/guitarist Patrick Stump’s signature Gretsch guitar model, the G5135CVT-PS Stump-O-Matic Patrick Vaughn Stump Signature Electromatic® CVT, as seen (and heard) below.

In this video clip, Stump himself gives you a guided tour of the guitar, which now features a white finish with gray “competition” stripes for a cleanly elegant look with a dash of attitude. In a variety of styles, he gets a variety of sounds from its tonally versatile three-pickup design with special electronics—going from crushing full-on distortion one minute to sharply clean funk-style rhythm tone the next, and even convincingly rich acoustic-like tone, too. And watch as he “plays” the kill switch …

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Guitarist Magazine Reviews Gretsch G9220 Roundneck Resonator

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Guitarist magazine recently tested a Gretsch G9220 Roundneck resonator and gave it four out of five stars for playability and affordability.

“A resonator has always been the easiest way to bag some classic Delta blues and bluegrass tones; the Bobtail just makes it more affordable,” said the magazine.

Check the G9220 reso in action below, and read the full review at Guitarist.com.

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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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