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Gretsch & Bono Partner on New Signature Guitar




Gretsch and Bono have joined forces once again for a new signature guitar model, the (GRETSCH)RED. Bearing the special (RED) logo adorned on the pickguard and truss rod cover, every guitar sold will raise money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The double-cutaway (GRETSCH)RED G5623 Electromatic® Center-Block Bono “Signature” Model puts Bono’s personalized stamp on Gretsch’s new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers “high gain-friendly” tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Other premium features include a bound arched maple top with bound sound holes, maple sides and arched back (also bound), maple neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups with three-position toggle switching, and master volume and tone controls, anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with “G”-cutout tailpiece, Grover® deluxe tuners, chrome hardware and deluxe case.

“The (GRETSCH)RED guitar is a guitarist’s dream,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it’s raising money to fight AIDS. That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus. They’re the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation.”

Since it was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Five percent of the wholesale price from each guitar sold will go to the Global Fund.  For more information on (RED), go to

And for more product details, head here.

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Premier Guitar Reviews G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block


Gretsch G5630T-CB

The Gretsch Center-Blocks continue to get love from the various music mags, including a great review recently from Premier Guitar.

“The 24.6″-scale 5620 is a shining example of how Gretsch’s Electromatic line has evolved over the last few years,” wrote reviewer Shawn Hammond. “What once seemed a dipping of the toes into entry-level waters has, in many ways, become a deep dive revealing impressive quality and beauty. Our review guitar came in a rich “rosa red” gloss-urethane finish through which you can subtly detect grains of the underlying maple spreading across the sumptuous arches and curves. The rosewood-topped maple neck features a 12.5″-radius fretboard inlaid with 22 remarkably clean, neatly dressed medium-jumbo frets. And peaking inside the cat’s-eye soundholes reveals straight, cleanly cut kerfing and no stray glue.”

In summary, PG had this to say:

“Gretsch’s beautiful G5620T-CB has so much going for it. For the price, it packs a serious punch in almost every category, from visual vibe to practical appointments, control flexibility, and ergonomics.”

Read the complete review here.

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Peghead Nation Demos a Gretsch G9410 Broadkaster Special Banjo


Bill Evans, banjo instructor for Peghead Nation, recently tested out a Gretsch G9410 Broadkaster Special Banjo.

In his video review, Evans discussed the finish, tone and playability of the Roots Collection instrument.

“The geared fifth-string peg is a nice thing to have on a banjo at this price level,” noted Evans. “Cheaper banjos will sometimes have a peg that is not geared, and they’re harder to tune.”

Watch the demo by clicking on the image below.

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Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Demo


In this video clip, Doug Doppler demonstrates the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block. The interior solid spruce center block running the length of the guitar’s 1 ¾”-deep thinline-style body makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

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Gretsch Duo Jet Wins Guitar World‘s Platinum Award


G6128T-1962 Duo Jet

Guitar World has bestowed its Platinum Award upon the Gretsch G6128t-1962 Duo Jet.

“Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early-90s rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck,” writes GW‘s Paul Riario. “Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.”

The Duo Jet appears in the November issue of Guitar World, and includes a full breakdown of this instrument’s feature set and a review of its performance.

“The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang,” sums up Riario.

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