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Watch Brian Setzer Explain Features of the Gretsch G6136SLBP Black Phoenix

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In this video clip, the legendary Brian Setzer discusses “the Big Kahuna,” aka the Gretsch G613SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix.

Watch as he walks through some of its key features, and then rocks out with this axe.

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Wildwood Guitars Dissects the New G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rods

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Greg Koch GretschGreg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch’s Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars.

The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer’s exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5″ fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features.

Throughout the video, Carducci tells the story about how these guitars came to be, while Koch takes the time to demonstrate their excellent tone.

Learn more in the clip below.

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5 Eye-Catching Gretsch Finishes

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Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?

G5438T Pro Jet in Gold

Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.

Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod in Green Sparkle

Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs.  But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod Two-Tone

While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.

G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body in Sunburst

The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!

G6122-12 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen 12-String

This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s.  And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GRETSCH FINISH? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW …

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Brian Setzer Discusses his Relationship with Gretsch

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In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.

“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”

View the all-new Gretsch Brian Setzer signature models here.

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Brian Setzer Donates Gretsch Guitar to the Smithsonian

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Brian Setzer

Grammy Award-winning musician Brian Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during a ceremony on Oct. 17.

The replica guitar is evocative of Setzer’s original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, for which he raided his Monopoly game for two dice, drilled holes in them and attached them to take the place of the missing tone knobs. To help resemble a 1950s-era “hot rod,” Setzer added three decals that, in the replica, were duplicated by Gretsch.

The Gretsch signature artist  is known for continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music, first with 1980s rockabilly band the Stray Cats and then again in the late 1990s with his 18-piece “Rockin’ Big Band,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Setzer also appeared on the big screen in the 1987 Ritchie Valens biographical film La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran.

“Brian Setzer is a prolific and distinctive contributor to American music,” said John Edward Hasse, the museum’s curator of American music. “Proof of his legacy exists not only in the longevity of his career and in his lengthy discography, but also in his ability to cross musical boundaries.”

In 1982, Setzer released “Rock This Town,” his first single with the Stray Cats and a track on which he played a 1959 Gretsch 6120 model guitar. As the guitar aged, it began to fall apart. Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern replicated every detail of the original guitar, and when he presented it to Setzer, the rockabilly star found it to be virtually indistinguishable from his original. It is the 2006 replica that is now in the museum’s collection.

“What an honor it is to be in the Smithsonian just for playing the music that I love,” said Setzer. “Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do.”

Setzer’s guitar joins a large and diverse collection of musical instruments at the museum that includes Joh

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