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See Richard Hawley’s Rig Tour with Music Radar

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Sheffield singer, songwriter and producer Richard Hawley recently teamed up with musicradar.com for an exclusive tour of his recording and live rig collections, which includes two of his treasured Gretsch guitars —  a vintage 1957 6120 and a Country Club 6196CG.

“I have a ’56 as well, which sounds radically different — they were still experimenting to get it right, but there’s some debate over the exact year and month of this one,” explains Hawley of his 6120. “The book says ’57 but Deed, Duane Eddy’s wife – who knows her onions – says, ‘No, it’s a ’56: no G-brand in ’57’.”

As for the Country Club, Hawley calls it “one of the finest guitars” he owns.

“It’s beautiful, it’s a big fat sound, the pickups have colossal testicles,” he said. “I have no qualms or snobbery about playing new or reissue guitars: it’s all about the sound and the feel… and let’s face it, it looks fucking cool as well.”

View a photo gallery of Hawley’s gear here and click here to find out where you can catch Hawley live on tour this summer.

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Guitarist Magazine Reviews a Gretsch G6139T-CBDC Falcon Center-Block Double Cutaway Guitar

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Guitarist magazine recently checked out a brand new Gretsch G6139T-CBDC Falcon Center-Block Double Cutaway and recorded a demo video.

Reviewer Chris Vinnicombe dispelled the belief that Gretsch guitars are only for “rockabilly outlaws and retro rock ‘n’ roll gunslingers,” and noted that the Gretsch G6139T-CBDC is a great example of rock-and-roll-meets-Chet Atkins.

“If you can bring yourself to back off the gain, there’s still plenty of Chet here, too, and for that Beatles For Sale/Help!-era Harrison sound simply flip the pickup selector to the middle setting and dial in a suitably bright amp tone,” said Vinnicombe.

Check out the full review here, and watch the video demo below:

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MusicRadar Names Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet One of Six Of The Best Retro-Style Guitars

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The Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet made the cut on Music Radar’s Six Of The Best: Retro-style guitars, amps and basses list.

“Paying tribute to the Gretsch Duo Jet, this Chinese-made Bigsby-equipped retro rocker has tones to match its sparkling looks,” said MusicRadar.

Click here to see what else made it on to MusicRadar’s list.

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MusicRadar Tests a Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr

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MusicRadar recently picked up a Gretsch G5013CE Rancher Jr and put it to the test.

“It’s a great little package,” said the website. “Little being the operative word; its compact size means it’s light and loads of fun to play standing up. Tonally, it’s bright and zingy, chiming out with big open chords and surprisingly loudly for such a diminutive body.”

“It’s the details that make Gretsch guitars unique,” said MusicRadar. “And the Rancher Jr is full of them, from the flawless binding and finish to the solid strap lock.

Visit MusicRadar.com to read the full review.

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MusicRadar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet

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MusicRadar’s Ed Mitchell recently weighed in on the Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet.

“It’s gold, sparkly and still as cool as your granny’s mood when you wake her at 4am with AC/DC riffs,” writes Mitchell.

In a nutshell, Mitchell said the G5448T Double Jet offers “great build quality, playability and tone,” and that it’s “well worth the asking price.”

Read the full review at MusicRadar.com

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