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Stevie Young Talks About Playing Rhythm Guitar in AC/DC

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In a new video posted on the official AC/DC YouTube channel, guitarist Stevie Young talks about his playing style, how he constantly works at his craft, his tendency to destroy guitar guitar picks and what’s it like to try to fill the shoes of his uncle, Malcom Young.

“I’m not trying to imitate or copy him, but trying to keep the spirit of what he did in the band,” explained Stevie.

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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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What Inspired the Lone Bellow’s Brian Elmquist to Play Guitar?

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Brooklyn-based indie folk rock trio the Lone Bellow started off 2015 with the release of sophomore album Then Came the Morning.

Having written more than 40 songs while out on the road touring, the band teamed with the National guitarist Aaron Dessner on the recording effort, spending two weeks at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. There, the singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for.

“These are true stories,” says guitarist Brian Elmquist. “These aren’t things we made up. We tried to write some songs that had nothing to do with our personal stories, but we just didn’t respond to them. But we’re best buds, so we know each others’ personal stuff and trust each other to figure out what needs to be said and how to say it.”

For instance, Elmquist wrote “Call to War” about his own struggles during his twenties, but gave the song to Kanene Pipkin to sing on the album.

“The content is painful and brutal, but the imagery, the vocals, they build something delicate and ethereal,” she said. “That kind of contrast illuminates the true beauty and power of a song.”

When Gretsch caught up with Elmquist, however, we enjoyed hearing about a happier memory from his youth.

“So for Christmas my dad wanted to get me a guitar because I had been talking about it and I had picked up other people’s guitars,” recalled Elmquist. “He told me he would buy me a guitar for Christmas but I was like, ‘No I want a Nintendo,’ or some games or some clothes or shoes or something stupid. Right after that,  I knew there was a guitar upstairs in the attic so I went up in the attic and got him to help me restring.

“But the reason I wanted to (play) was I watched Slash play the lead in ‘November Rain’ and that was the first thing I sat in front of and learned how to play every note. I couldn’t play it for real until I was in my 20s, but him standing on that piano at the end of ‘November Rain’ is just … and like when the train is coming by. Who wouldn’t want to play music?”

Elmquist also explains what turned him on to Gretsch guitars, and reveals that “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” was a tribute to the rockabilly style of Brian Setzer.

Watch the full package below.

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Brian Setzer Discusses his Signature Gretsch Hot Rod Models

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What made the legendary Brian Setzer decide to put TV Jones Pickups in his 2015 Hot Rod signature Gretsch models?

Turns out it was a sly move by his guitar tech.

In our exclusive video below, Setzer tells that story and also explains a few of his other choices.

Check it out, and shop the Brian Setzer Hot Rod,—available in Harbor Blue (shown in the video), Tuxedo Black, Blonde, Green Sparkle and Highland Green 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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