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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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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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Go Behind the Scenes of Guitarist‘s Center Block Photo Shoot

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For the September issue of Guitarist, there is a feature on some of the new Gretsch Center Block guitars.

As such, the music magazine held a photo shoot with model Kimberley Holladay. Photographer Philip Sowels had Holladay pose in various outfits with several of the new models, including the single- and double-cutaway Center Block Falcons.

As Guitarist put it, “In what seems to be one of those no-brainer, should-have-done- it-50-years-ago ideas, Gretsch has released a new range of guitars with a solid lump of wood through their middles, slimmed bodies and updated hardware for practicality’s sake.”

You can get the issue here to see what Guitarist thinks, and footage from the photo shoot can be seen below.

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Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet On Cover of Guitarist Magazine

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In case you missed it, the Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet guitar appeared elegantly on the November cover of Guitarist magazine.

Inside the issue, Guitarist tells the complete story behind Harrison’s iconic guitar.

Also in the issue is a thorough comparison between the Signature Duo Jet and its sibling Custom model, the G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute Custom Shop Duo Jet, which the magazine dubbed “glorious.”

“The Gretsch G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute Custom Shop Duo Jet is a masterpiece,” said Guitarist. “Gretsch couldn’t have done a better job of repaying its debt to George as an ambassador for its brand.”

To read the full story, get your issue of Guitarist magazine here.

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