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‘Guitarist’ Magazine Reviews Players and Vintage Select Edition Models

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In its May issue, UK’s Guitarist magazine reviews a few of the new Gretsch Players Edition and Vintage Select Edition models, bestowing the Guitarist Choice awards on both the Vintage Select G6120T- ’55 Chet Atkins and G6118T Players Edition Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby®.

“Workingman’s Gretsch with great upgrades, not least the locking tuners and String-Thru Bigsby,” notes the mag of the Anniversary model.

As for the Vintage Select G6120T-55GE, the mag noted that it’s a “classic guitar with high build quality, great playability and huge ‘twang’ factor.”

The review includes a full feature breakdown of the aforementioned models, in addition to the Vintage Select G6136T-59 Falcon and the Players Edition G6119T Tennessee Rose.

The final verdict?

“Beautifully made and with some lovely period-correct details mixed with more modern concessions, there’s little we don’t like here. Choosing your fit, however, may be a more difficult decision. The White Falcon is a serious investment, although its sturdier build and longer scale (not to mention those Filter’Trons) give it perhaps the most versatile sonic palette. Considerably lower in cost, our two Players Edition models are close cousins and either would be perfect for those for rockier, less ‘Gretsch-style’ outings, the new string-thru Bigsby alone will cure what most of us find a chore: restringing.

“That just leaves the Chet Atkins G6120T-55 hollow body, which with its lighter build and those DynaSonic-style single coils, really gets to the essence of the ‘Gretsch sound.’ If you haven’t played a Gretsch for a while, you might be very surprised. These are some serious guitars.”

The mag also features an interview with rock ‘n’ roll rebel rouser and longtime Gretsch artist Darrell Higham, who was asked to weigh in on the newest Gretsch models in the review section.

“On a 6120, like the Chet Atkins Reissue we’ve got here, you want a nice dainty neck, because it’s a guitar you feel you should play quite fast on — and, actually, the 6120 is very versatile and you can use it for lots of different types of music. It’s not just great for rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll, especially with lighter gauge strings than the 0.011s that are on here.

“I think the updates they’ve made on the Players Edition guitars here are good,” he also noted. “If someone’s looking for a semi, but worries that Gretsches are too genre-specific, they should go for one of these, like this Tennessee Rose. It could be an indie guitar or jazz – there’s no reason you couldn’t do anything on a guitar like this. I really like this one – it feels really solid and it could become your main warhorse. There’s nothing delicate about it, even the scratch plate feels welded on.”

Be sure to pick up the new issue, and also check out the video demo below.

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Guitar and Bass Reviews and Awards the Streamliner Collection

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Guitar and Bass MagazineThe March 2016 issue of Guitar and Bass magazine highlights the all-new Streamliner collection with a detailed review, with the G2655T Streamliner Center Block Junior Double Cutaway receiving the “Guitar and Bass Award.” The G2655T scored 9 out of 10 for its design, manageable size, easy playability, and sweet clean tone.

The review by Huw Price includes an in-depth look at each of the models, and focuses on the brand new Broad’Tron humbucking pickups that all three Streamliner shapes (Center Block Jr, Center Block, Hollow Body) share.

“The sound we were looking for was between a classic Filter’Tron and a PAF-style humbucker, but leaning more towards the Filter’tron,” explained Gretsch Product Manager Adam Bowden-Smith. “So Gretsch tonality with a broader sound, hence the Broad’Tron name.”

The G2622 Streamliner Center-Block Double Cutaway and G2420T Streamliner Single Cut Hollow Body also scored high, earning an 8 out of 10 with praise for their excellent tonal resonance and overdrive tones, traditional Gretsch style, and easy playability and stable tuning.

“These Gretsches are so solidly made and well finished that there’s plenty to enjoy for newbies and Gretsch die-hards alike,” concluded Price.

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Watch the Empty Hearts Talk Gretsch

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It’s always a good day when a supergroup of hitmakers stop by your NAMM booth! Even better when they agree to do a quick interview.

Watch below as the guys in the Empty Hearts—Wally Palmar of the Romantics, Elliot Easton of the Cars,  Andy Babiuk of the Chesterfield Kings and Clem Burke of Blondie— sat down to chat for a few minutes about Gretsch guitars, as well as the first song they learned to play on guitar.

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Learn the Secrets Behind The Dead Weather’s Bass & Guitar Technique

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If you haven’t already seen them, the Dead Weather offered up a series of technique and instrument-based videos to accompany the release of 2015′s Dodge and Burn.

Two of those videos included gear and technique tips from bassist Jack Lawrence and guitarist Dean Fertita. Directed by Jack White, both are quirky and humorous while also revealing a few trade secrets.

Fertita divulges the source of his pummeling dive bomber crunch on new song “Let Me Through,” while Lawrence reveals how he achieves his distinct bottom end sound for The Dead Weather.

Lawrence also boasts that “without the bass guitar, the Dead Weather would be nothing.”

Watch both videos below, which also include live performance footage  …

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Carly Rae Jepsen Performs on Fallon

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By Hilary Brown

Carly Rae Jepsen recently stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and treated fans to “Run Away With Me,” the opening track off the pop star’s newly released, critically acclaimed sophomore album, Emotion.

The shamelessly addictive song and appearance, which aired last Wednesday, featured a Gretsch cameo as well—an equally tantalizing black G5655T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block guitar played by Tavish Crowe.

Watch the performance below.

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