Tag Archives: Gretsch Custom Shop
Posted: January 24, 2014
It wouldn’t be all that surprising if you didn’t know that there even was such a thing as the Gretsch Custom Shop. After all, all Gretsch guitars look like custom instruments, really. They’re all dazzling. They all look like coolness incarnate.
And yet here we are at the tenth anniversary of the Gretsch Custom Shop. 2014 marks a decade of the finest guitars to ever bear the name so prized by guitarists everywhere for most of a century.
It’s certainly true that all Gretsch guitars are fabulous creations, but those that come from the Gretsch Custom Shop offer something quite a bit more. Few in number, they are the truly extraordinary work of truly talented craftsmen. And if you think production Gretsch guitars are as wonderful in and of themselves as they really are, just imagine being one of the lucky few to get their hands on a Gretsch Custom Shop guitar. Just imagine playing the very best of Gretsch’s best.
Back in 2003, that’s just what Mike Lewis had in mind.
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Posted: November 13, 2013
Credit Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and renowned SoCal hot rod artist Sara Ray for teaming up to create another gem of a guitar from the Gretsch Custom Shop.
The ’59 Duo-Jet that is headed to U.K. resident Steve Isaacs features a 130th Anniversary logo on a larger headstock and an amazing graphic from Ray. It was the second time Isaacs asked Ray to paint a guitar, the previous one depicting a tattooed pinup.
“I got to know Sara Ray quite well over the past few years,” Isaacs said from his home in Poole, Dorsett. “She painted another guitar for me a while ago. When it’s time for her to work on a guitar, she sends over couple of sketches, but I really don’t like to give her too much direction. She came up with a couple of ideas, and I loved this one the most.”
Isaacs had also worked with Stern before, as the enthusiast owns a couple of masterbuilt Telecasters from Stern.
“I didn’t know much about Steve Stern, but he had such a fantastic resume. He’s worked with some of the world’s greatest luthiers,” said Isaacs, who noted that he has been playing guitar for at least 30 years.
“He mentioned that I should check out Gretsch. I have to say, he totally converted me. They’re great guitars.”
The image on Issacs’ newest piece is of Anne Bonny, the infamous Irishwoman who became a feared pirate. With a sword slung at her side, Bonny is also holding a boarding pistol.
“I think it really came out amazing,” Isaacs said. “It is truly one-of-a-kind, and I can’t wait to play it.”
View more of Ray’s work on her official website.
Posted: February 22, 2012
Premier Guitar‘s Rebecca Dirks recently got the VIP tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop by builder Stephen Stern.
Stern took Dirks through many of the amazingly striking Gretsch pieces he and his team have built.
Check out the video below:
Posted: January 24, 2012
Wildwood Guitars teamed up with esteemed musician Greg Koch to cover the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Koch interviewed a variety of luthiers, product managers and musicians, including this interview with Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern.