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Guitarist Awards High Praise to the new Gretsch Streamliner Guitars

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In its February 2016 issue, Guitarist magazine features an in-depth look at the new Streamliner collection, and also bestows their “Guitarist Choice” award upon the G2622 Streamliner Center Block Double Cutaway.

“They look like Gretsch guitars and sound quite like them, too. But those prices? Gretsch opens its arms to the entry-level market and sets the bark impressively high,” notes reviewer Dave Burriuck.

One of the key features common among all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) is the new Broad’Tron humbucking pickup.

“These pickups have gone through extensive R&D specifically for these guitars,” said Gretsch’s Adam Bowden-Smith to Guitarist. “They’re punchy with a higher output, hotter-than-vintage Filter’Trons. The older ones had a larger logo; the new ones are nickel-plated with a more subtle stamped logo. The first prototypes were wound by Chris Fleming, then head of Gretsch R&D (and with extensive experience in Fender’s Custom Shop.)”

The reviewer breaks down each of the three models, and then concludes with the following verdict:

“More guitars for less money will continue to be a theme this year. It will be interesting to see if any major brands manage to do it quite as well as Gretsch has done here. Construction is crisp, seen in the important details of the neck, fingerboard and fretting. Center blocks and lightness don’t always go hand in hand, and yet here they do.

“But are we really getting a half-price Gretsch? Yes and no. The beefier pickups certainly don’t nail a classic Gretsch tonality – although if that’s what you want, the full-size pickups are easy to replace – but they do broaden the sonic potential, especially for more gained styles, while staying close to the classic iconography.

“The deep hollow body G2420T is hugely evocative and perfect for lower-volume older styles. The G2622 might well be the bargain ‘Es-335′ we’ve all been waiting for, and with the G2655, you’ll find a solid body sized center-blocked semi that might be the most ‘solid’ sounding of the trio but will handle virtually any style.”

Watch Guitarist‘s accompanying video demo below:

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Guitar World Awards White Falcon with Platinum Award

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In its January 2016 issue, Guitar World magazine bestowed its Platinum Award to the Gretsch G6136t-LTV White Falcon.

Reviewer Chris Gill offered up a short write-up of the Falcon’s history, noting that it was originally designed to appease jazz players and promoted as the “Cadillac of guitars.”  But despite constructing the Falcon to that audience, instead, the instrument soon became associated with rock and roll thanks to the likes of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Billy Duffy and James Hetfield.

“I even fondly remember seeing Malcolm Young grappling with a huge White Falcon during a late-Seventies AC/DC concert,” noted Gill.

“Today Gretsch offers a dozen Falcon models, including versions with black or green finishes,” he continued. “Each is cool in its own way, but my personal favorite is the new G6136T-LTV White Falcon. Based upon the late ’50s version, the G6136T-LTV includes a few modern updates that make it possibly the best White Falcon ever.”

Gill goes on to explain those features, including the Adjusto-Matic bridge that is pinned into place and a pair of TV Jones TV Classic humbucking pickups, which are based on the highly desirable PAF Filter’Tron pickups of the late ’50s.

Gill’s “Bottom Line”?

“With its just-right balance of classic aesthetics and modern upgrades, the Gretsch G6136T-LTV is by far the best White Falcon model that the company currently offers, particularly for rock-minded players.”

Read the full review here, and also check out a video demo below by Paul Riaro.

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Watch a Demo of the Limited Edition Gretsch G6129T Duo Jet in Red Sparkle

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Brian from Chicago Music Exchange recently filmed a great demo video featuring the Limited Edition Gretsch G6129 Duo Jet in Red Sparkle.

“This is just gorgeous, big (sparkle flake), looks like a drum wrap,” he said. “I can’t say enough about how great this guitar looks in person. Very cool.”

After running through all of its specs and calling it a “joy to play,” he provides a quick demo of the guitar’s tonal qualities. Check it out below.

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Guitar-Bass.Net Reviews the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup

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Guitar-Bass.net has posted a review of the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup, awarding it a 9 out of 10!

After a breakdown of its features, the reviewer offers an extensive download on its tonal qualities.

“Plugged into a small tweed combo, we’re again reminded how liberating a single-pickup guitar can be,” noted Guitar-Bass.net. “Naturally, given the pickup position at the end of the fretboard, there’s no shortage of bass – the low end is huge and sonorous, and suited particularly to open D tuning – but thankfully that doesn’t mean the high end is woolly; in fact, it’s as sweet or as biting as your right hand dictates.

“There’s a wide frequency separation between thumb and fingers when fingerpicking, and the New Yorker would make an excellent choice for solo live performers. The rosewood bridge lends character to the sound; dig in with a pick down at the bridge, into lots of spring reverb, and you’ll be rewarded with a woody lead voice that’s ideal for early 1960s Brit R&B.

“Despite its primitive appearance, the New Yorker does more than retro sounds; it would be equally at home in the context of latter-day Radiohead. Hollowbody construction means volume and gain bring feedback, but working with the limitations produces inspiring results – try using a looper to lay down clean chords, then play overdriven single-note lines on top, using swelling feedback for an Ebow-like effect.”

Read the entire review here!

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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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