Tag Archives: Billy Duffy
Posted: October 7, 2013
By Jimmy Smith
It’s no surprise to hear that Billy Duffy loves his White Falcon. Seeing the Cult guitarist with the majestic Gretsch six-string is a common sight for Duffy fanatics. Recently, Total Guitar magazine sat down with Duffy to see how it all started.
“I always thought it was like a mythical kind of thing: this big, white semi-acoustic guitar,” said Duffy. “It was looks first.
“I really liked that Neil Young approach of getting a really aggressive sound out of a Gretsch,” he continued. “My high-school band was just slightly pre-punk. We got into stuff like Neil Young – sorta folky, rocky – and Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash had them; that was the first time I saw the guitar. [Then] I joined Theater of Hate, took all my life’s savings and bought a guitar.”
For more on the interview with Billy Duffy pick up June’s issue of Total Guitar here.
Posted: June 17, 2013
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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Posted: April 15, 2013
Immediately following his Coachella appearance, Johnny Marr headed to San Francisco to play the Fillmore, where he invited an old friend to the stage.
In introducing The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, Marr recalled moving to a new neighborhood as a teen and meeting up with some guys who changed his life, and the “one guy who stuck around more than any other person.”
Watch fan footage of the longtime friends rocking “I Fought the Law” and “How Soon Is Now” below.
Posted: February 27, 2013
Gretsch artists and their trusty guitars certainly had several standout moments in those areas. But whether it was the straightforward punk from Tim Armstrong and Rancid or the infectious rockabilly of Brian Setzer, Gretsch played a big part in many other genres, as well. (more…)
Tags: 1990s, AC/DC. Thunderstruck, Billy Duffy, Brian Setzer, Everlast, Golden Gate Fields, Jump Jive an' Wail, Rancid, Star, The Cult, Tim Armstrong, Top 5, What It's Like
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Posted: February 8, 2013
The Cult’s legendary guitarist Billy Duffy sat down with Gretsch Guitars to talk about how he got into playing guitar with one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and why Gretsch has been such an important part of that ride.