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Watch a Gretsch G5620-T Electromatic Center-Block Demo

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Chicago Music Exchange recently brought in Chris Cannella from Gretsch headquarters to demo a G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Single Cutaway w/Bigsby in Georgia Green.

Cannella uses both clean and dirty channels on the amp to showcase everything the guitar can do.

Watch the demo below.

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GretschTech: Tailpieces

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One of the things that makes Gretsch guitars stand out from the rest of the pack is the unique tailpiece options the company has utilized over the years.

Of course, not all guitars boast one of these metallic accoutrements, but the ones that do seem to suggest a souped-up elegance. Both utilitarian and aesthetically-pleasing, here is a look at the main tailpieces you’ll find on a Gretsch guitar.

Bigsby Vibrato Tailpieces

Developed by Paul A. Bigsby, these vibratos allow the player to bend the pitch of notes or chords with their pick hand with the help of a spring-loaded arm called a whammy bar or tremolo.

Available on Gretsch guitars since the 1950s, the device also makes sure the instrument stays in tune while adding those bending effects. Bend the arm down toward the guitar and the strings will loosen, lowering their pitch. Release the arm, and it’s back to normal.

You can see Bigsby Vibrato Tailpieces on the 1958 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, the G6118T-LTV 130th Anniversary Jr., the 1959 Chet Atkins Solid Body and the Duane Eddy Signature Hollowbody, among several others. (more…)

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Hanni El Khatib Preps For 2012 Tour

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With a new album out in 2011, San Francisco rocker Hanni El Khatib is preparing to embark on a month-long European tour in February.

But first, El Khatib will play a show Friday night in Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater, for which he stopped by the Gretsch Showroom in Burbank to pick up an Electromatic Duo Jet with Bigsby.

El Khatib’s debut full-length, Will The Guns Come Out (released in September), features eight original tracks and three covers.

Below is the official music video for “Loved One:”

Here is a full list of El Khatib’s 2012 tour dates:

Fri 1/6:  Los Angeles @ The Del Monte Speakeasy
Wed 2/1:  Manchester (UK) @ The Castle (Beta Club night)
Thu 2/2:  Bristol (UK) @ Thekla
Fri 2/3:  Brighton (UK) @ The Green Door Store
Sat 2/4:  London (UK) @ Borderline (HMV Next Big Thing)
Sun 2/5:  Rotterdam (NL) @ Rotown
Tue 2/7:  Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn
Wed 2/8:  Brussels (BE) – Rotonde @ Botanique
Fri 2/10:  St Gallen (CH) @ Le Palace
Sat 2/11:  Winterthur (CH) @ Albani
Sun 2/12:  Geneva (CH) – Festival Antigel @ Chat Noir
Mon 2/13:  Basel (CH) @ Kaserne
Wed 2/15:  Nantes (FR) @ Stereloux
Thu 2/16:  Rouen (FR) @ Le 106
Fri 2/17:  Clemont Ferrand (FR) @ La Cooperative de Mai
Sat 2/18:  Bordeaux (FR) @ Le Krakatoa
Tue 2/21:  Paris (FR) @ La Maroquinerie
Wed 2/22:  Tourcoing (FR) @ Le Grand Mix
Fri 2/24:  Nancy (FR) @ L Autre Canal
Sat 2/25:  Annecy (FR) @ Le Brise Glace
Sun 2/26:  Lyon (FR)
Tue 2/28:  Copenhagen (DK) @ Loppen
Wed 2/29:  Berlin (GER) @ Bassy Club
Thu 3/1:  Hamburg (GER) @ Molotow Bar
Sat 3/3:  Porto (Portugal) @ Mexefest Porto

For more information, visit Hanni’s official website.

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Gretsch Visits Arlington Guitar Show

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By Joe Carducci, Gretsch Guitars

While the Texas Rangers were celebrating their American League Championship at Ranger Stadium in Arlington, Texas, next door at the Arlington Convention Center, folks from near and far gathered Oct. 15-16 to celebrate the likes of vintage, new and rare stringed musical instruments at the Arlington Guitar Show.

Gretsch Guitars, TV Jones, and the Bigsby Company were on hand with a glorious exhibit of guitars, pickups and tailpieces.

Check out this closer look at Gretsch Bo Diddly signature guitar straight from the show floor:

More videos from the 2011 AGS can be found on Gretsch’s official YouTube channel.

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Free Bigsby Technique Class Via GuitarInstructor.com

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For a limited time only, GuitarInstructor.com is offering Bigsby enthusiasts a free online class with special focus on Bigsby technique.

The site has chosen a few Bigsby-centric titles from its 800-plus song bank, including rockabilly guitar video lessons that touch on the styles and techniques of rockabilly greats Gene Vincent and Brian Setzer; a Bigsby Techniques video guitar lesson, which focuses on techniques such as scoops and chord vibrato that make the Bigsby bar such a unique tool; and their recently-filmed Merle Travis Style lesson.

Click here for more information.

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