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Total Guitar Reviews Streamliner

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The new Gretsch Streamliner G2622 Center Block Double Cutaway earned the front cover of Total Guitar‘s March issue. And while all the new Streamliner guitars received rave reviews, the G2622 was awarded with “Total Guitar‘s Best Buy.”

Gretsch practically dominates the issue with lengthy reviews of the new models, a Q&A with Gretsch Europe Project Manager Adam Bowden-Smith, tabs to play rockabilly, a look at five legendary Gretsch icons (from Eddie Cochran to Cliff Gallup), a list of alternative Gretsch icons (from Tim Armstrong to Jack White) and a tech piece on how to “get more from your Bigsby.”

As for the Streamliner review—which covers specs, looks and tones of the Center Blocks, Center Block Jr.’s and Hollow Body guitars—the magazine concluded with this:

“Gretsch has picked up the affordable ball and smashed it right out of the park! If you want a proper Gretsch-brand hollowbody or semi, you don’t have to put up with copies with the wrong name on the headstock any more. This trio are quite possibly the bargains of 2016 and we’re only just into the new year. Fit, finish, sound and playability are all way above what you’d expect at these prices.”

Get the March issue of Total Guitar here!

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Black Veil’s Andy Black Releases New Video

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Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack has been working on a new solo project called Andy Black and his debut album, The Shadow Side, is slated for a May 6 release.

But fans are already getting an advance sampling with the new video for its lead single “We Don’t Have to Dance.”

Biersack has stated that his Andy Black music tends to be poppier than his work with Black Veil Brides, joking that it’s been described as “goth Springsteen,” and we see some of that goth vibe in the new clip. Shot in dramatic black and white, Biersack sings the catchy tune as we see alternating scenes of him in leather threads overlooking the Hollywood Hills, performing with his band or surrounded by women or booze.

Produced by John Feldmann, The Shadow Side is expected to include collaborations with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Gerard Way, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin and All Time Low’s Rian Dawson.

Enjoy the video below, and pre-order the album here!

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Guitar and Bass Reviews and Awards the Streamliner Collection

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Guitar and Bass MagazineThe March 2016 issue of Guitar and Bass magazine highlights the all-new Streamliner collection with a detailed review, with the G2655T Streamliner Center Block Junior Double Cutaway receiving the “Guitar and Bass Award.” The G2655T scored 9 out of 10 for its design, manageable size, easy playability, and sweet clean tone.

The review by Huw Price includes an in-depth look at each of the models, and focuses on the brand new Broad’Tron humbucking pickups that all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) share.

“The sound we were looking for was between a classic Filter’Tron and a PAF-style humbucker, but leaning more towards the Filter’tron,” explained Gretsch Product Manager Adam Bowden-Smith. “So Gretsch tonality with a broader sound, hence the Broad’Tron name.”

The G2622 Streamliner Center-Block Double Cutaway and G2420T Streamliner Single Cut Hollow Body also scored high, earning an 8 out of 10 with praise for their excellent tonal resonance and overdrive tones, traditional Gretsch style, and easy playability and stable tuning.

“These Gretsches are so solidly made and well finished that there’s plenty to enjoy for newbies and Gretsch die-hards alike,” concluded Price.

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Gretsch Parties at SXSW with Brooklyn Vegan

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Brooklyn Vegan hosted an excellent three-day SXSW showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin, Texas, and Gretsch was grateful to partner with the indie music blog to host the artist lounge area.

The venue provided an indoor and outdoor stage of non-stop music from noon until six to keep concert goers energized with plenty of options to suit all tastes.

Festivities kicked off into high gear on the outdoor stage on Thursday with White Reaper, a garage punk band from Louisville, Ky. Their set was followed up by another punk act, Plague Vendor, who gripped their audience with a very theatrical performance from singer Brandon Blaine. The punk momentum continued with Mean Jeans followed by Radioactivity, who both offered up a lighter pop-punk, Ramones-like vibe. Pop band Turnover and rock band Citizen, who share the same label, brought an interesting twist before handing it over to hardcore act Power Trip, who ended the day with an explosive show that engaged a riotous audience in moshing and crowd surfing.

Meanwhile, the indoor stage showcased an eclectic set of musicians that ranged from pop to folk to country to well, hard to classify. Kansas-based pop band Your Friend began the event, playing tracks from debut album Domino followed by Julia Jacklin, a folk rock newcomer from Australia, who was joined by a three-piece ensemble. After Jacklin, came Canadian country singer Danial Romano, who has been challenging genre boundaries lately. As the day progressed, the bands became more varied and included, Little Scream, Ezra Furman, PWR BTTM, Spookyland, and finally, Sorority Noise.

Friday’s party started off strong with two groups from Israel, Vaadat Charigim and Ninet Tayeb. We couldn’t help but notice Tayeb’s very talented and spirited guitarist, who stole the show with his excellent skills on a bright orange Gretsch Chet Atkins model. Other notable performances include feminist punk quartet Tacocat, Pennsylvania duo Slingshot Dakota, American rock band Pinegrove, and singer/songwriters Margaret Glaspy and Kevin Morby.

Already getting buzz, Seattle’s Car Seat Headrest gained even more traction with eight concerts during the SXSW festival. They began their sixth performance by opening Saturday’s party, and we were happy to loan lead singer Will Toledo a Gretsch G65439 Pro Silver Jet we had onsite. The excellent set included songs, “Ending of Dramamine,” “Vincent,” “Drunk Drivers,” “Unforgiving Girl”and “Stop Smoking.”

Saturday’s outdoor stage included sets by Diet Cig of New York, Alex Luciano, Pure Bathing Culture, Fear of Men, Le1f, Julien Baker, Into It. Over It. and Protomartyr.

Inside acts included Lucy Dacus, Girls Names, Guerilla Toss, Big Thief, Gwenno, Japanese Breakfast, Margo Price, and Mothers. Price, a country artist from Nashville signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records label drew a heck of a crowd, including comedian Bill Murray who came to the venue just to check out her set.

During the event, Gretsch set up a special selection of guitars in the artist tent. It was the perfect retreat for the talent to sit back, relax, plug-in, and talk tech. Not only did we host the Brooklyn Vegan lineup, but we were also treated to surprise pop-ins from many artists including The Big Pink, Everything, Everything and Bob Moses.

Canadian country artist Corb Lund also dropped in with his Gretsch Setzer Hot Rod, which he’s made some interesting mods to. We’ll bring you that interview in the coming weeks.

Gretsch was honored to participate in a monumental affair with Brooklyn Vegan to support live music. Be on the lookout for the lucky grand prize winner of the Gretsch Streamliner guitar we offered up to those who RSVP’d to the Brooklyn Vegan parties.

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The Cult Headline Austin City Limits Live During SXSW

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The Cult headlined the Austin City Limits Live set at the Moody Theater late Friday night playing for a packed SXSW crowd looking to end their music-filled day with a bang, and Billy Duffy and crew did not disappoint.

While lightning raged outdoors, cancelling many SXSW showcases, the groundbreaking band entertained the indoor masses at the premier venue with songs from their recent release Hidden City, including “Dark Energy,” “Hinterland” and “Birds of Paradise.” They also mixed it up with classics “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Sweet Soul Sister,” “Lil’ Devil” and “Wildflower.”

In addition to The Cult’s epic performance, the crowd was treated to several supporting acts, including the Joe Scarborough Band, the New Regime featuring Ilan Rubin (drummer NIN, Paramore), Fantastic Negrito, and Blue October.

The Cult’s U.S. tour continues through April. Check out their tour dates here.

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