Posted: April 2, 2015
Japanese singer/songwriter Ken Yokoyama has been carrying the banner of punk-rock music in his home nation for a long time – first as guitarist for the massive pop-punk outfit Hi-Standard and later as a solo artist.
Recently, Yokoyama met with Jeff Cary and Joe Carducci from Gretsch, as well as Fred Gretsch himself to talk about some of the new Gretsch models that he’s been interested in.
Stay tuned for some more exciting news from Yokoyama and Gretsch – rumor has it that a signature guitar could be in the works – but in the meantime, check out some photos of the punk icon during his visit below.
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Posted: March 30, 2015
In the April 2015 issue, Premier Guitar put a spotlight on a 1962 Gretsch 6196 as part of its Vintage Vault series.
The instrument, on display at Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Cross, Wisc., has features often associated with Gretsch guitars from 1962, including a “cushioned for comfort” back pad that hid a hole designed to provide easy access to the interior wiring, a built-in string mute, and a standby switch. Additionally, the guitar includes gold Filter’Tron humbuckers, Space Control bridge, and ebony fretboard with Neo-Classic inlays (standard since 1958). Instead of the stock “G” tailpiece, this vintage guitar is equipped with a non-original Bigsby vibrato.
Posted: March 24, 2015
And it impressed host David Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer so much that the Airborne Toxic Event might have to prepare for some extra travel mates on their tour bus.
“Paul and I will be touring with the band for no justifiable reason,” Letterman quipped once the closing notes faded out. “For no money, just because that’s what we want to do.”
Watch the live performance of “Wrong” in the clip below.
Posted: March 20, 2015
Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock.
In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup and time it took to build.
The one-of-a-kind custom shop ax is available at Chicago Music Exchange.
Posted: March 18, 2015
Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own with a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest.
The new Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More features all the great Gretsch models both new and old, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many Gretsch artists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer.
In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch’s rich history also features glorious photography and a detailed collectors guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.
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