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Stellar Performances During Chet Atkins Appreciation Society


Gretsch was once again a proud sponsor of the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, held in mid-July in Nashville, Tenn. Together with Lane Music, Gretsch offered an assortment of Chet Atkins “signature” guitars on display as well as other popular models for attendees to check-out.

Since 1985, the CAAS convention is known for its sheer number of talented finger-style guitarists in attendance that gather to celebrate the late, great, Chester Burton Atkins. CAAS members from all over the world bring their guitars to trade licks or break into impromptu jams in the hotel lobby and  hallways. Each day is packed with workshops taught by the world’s greatest finger-style players, concerts, and vendors where fans can sample or buy products such as guitars, rare record albums, thumb-picks, and finger-style instructional materials and videos.

Several stellars performances were captured on video at the Gretsch exhibit of some of the attendees, and we’ll be rolling those out across our Gretsch Facebook page over the next few weeks!

Here’s the first few …

Joe Hudson & Paul Moseley Live at 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciatio…

Watch Joe Hudson and Paul Moseley perform "Mystery Train" at the #Gretsch Exhibit at the 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention!

Posted by Gretsch Guitars on Monday, July 25, 2016

Chet Atkins Appreciation Society: "Red Wing"

Watch Guy Van Duser, Sasho Zver, Greg Huckleberry and Pat Corn tip their hats to Chet Atkins with "Red Wing" from the Gretsch Exhibit at the 2016 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention in Nashville!

Posted by Gretsch Guitars on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Watch ‘The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches’


The Country Music Hall of Fame booked a special music celebration event to send off the American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. And for those who couldn’t attend in person, you are in luck as “The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson and Striking Matches” was streamed online, and is archived below.

Through this casual musical performance, these masterful players discussed the unique features of Gretsch design and demonstrated their individual musical styles with their own instruments.

Tommy Emmanuel is regarded as one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, and is a two-time Grammy nominee, and one of only five guitarists named Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by Chet Atkins.

Emmanuel had the distinctive honor of using the world renowned early Chet Atkins Gretsch 6120 prototype guitar, aka “Dark Eyes” guitar, for both the CMHOF performance and a previous July 12 show at the Grand Ole Opry, marking the first time in 55 years that the special instrument had been played in public for an audience.

The 1956 Gretsch Sealed Top 6120 prototype was built specifically for Chet Atkins and was dubbed “Black Gold” in a 2013 Guitar Aficionado magazine feature article, and has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as one of “Two of The Most Important Electric Guitars Of All Time.”

Kentucky native Eddie Pennington, a perpetuator of the “Muhlenberg Sound” of Merle Travis, is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a member of the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Robinson is an Australian Guitar Magazine award winner and a winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Striking Matches, the songwriting, guitar-wielding, alternative-country duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, has been featured on the ABC series Nashville, and their debut album, Nothing but the Silence, was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Fast forward to about the 10-minute mark for the start of the action!

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‘Guitarist’ Magazine Reviews Players and Vintage Select Edition Models


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


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


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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