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Posted: June 1, 2012
The Cult’s Billy Duffy is featured in the June issue of Premier Guitar, where he gave an extensive interview about his band, his sound and his gear.
Midway through the QxA, the longtime White Falcon player talked about where he got his original Gretsch G7593.
“It’s a mid-’70s White Falcon. I ordered it in 1982 in England — I had to go and score it from a guitar shop on Denmark Street in London. In those days, you’d put down the deposit, and then they’d go and find it. Then it was weeks of ‘Where’s my White Falcon?’ ‘It’s coming, it’s coming!’” Duffy said.
“Now, I already had a doublecutaway Gretsch, a stereo model, also from the ’70s. It had the same neck, same [Bigsby] whammy bar setup, the square inlays on the neck — and I like those all right — but the body isn’t very thick. Those guitars are more like a [Gibson] 335. So I really still wanted a single-cutaway, which were hard to find in England. Basically, the one that became my trademark guitar is actually my second White Falcon. I just liked the single-cutaway better — it was fatter.
“My understanding at that time was that all the single-cutaway Falcons were custom-ordered, and it was the double-cutaway that was the production model. Now, because you had to order them, they were all slightly different. Mine has a sort of patch on the back to protect the guitar from your belt buckle — from your country pants [laughs]. But the other one from the same era doesn’t.”
The Cult released Choice of Weapon earlier this month, their first new studio album in five years.
Posted: December 21, 2011
The latest issue of Premier Guitar takes a look inside the Chet Atkins exhibit that is currently open at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
While the Grammy Awards, photos and instruments are all impressive, the magazine calls Atkins’ legendary workbench a highlight.
“It’s full of vacuum tubes, pickups, homemade effects boxes, snapshots, and a soldering iron,” writes Craig Havighurst. ”It looks like the inveterate tinkerer just stepped out of the room. It’s a microlevel look at an outsized legacy.”
“This prototype had a carved top and back, in the traditional style. Fred W. Gretsch, current president of the company and great grandson of its founder, says the model quickly took an interesting turn toward a more rigid top and back to offer a more stable mounting for the pickups. ‘Plywood tops and backs with electric guitars made a lot more sense,’ Gretsch says. ‘And we were doing plywood drums and had been doing them since the late ’20s and we had done a lot of refinements in the early ’50s. So we tried out some plywood tops and backs with Chet and he dug the tone. So we migrated to plywood on this model.’
“Introducing the model just as Chet first hit as a recording artist with ‘Mr. Sandman,’ Gretsch couldn’t have timed it better. This guitar inaugurated a 25-year relationship between artist and company.”
Meanwhile, Havighurst recently contributed another piece about Atkins to NPR.
In it, he quotes Country star Steve Wariner, a longtime Atkins friend and protege. Count Wariner among those wowed by the Atkins exhibit, especially the workbench.
“I had goose bumps,” Wariner says. “It’s exactly the way it looked at his house when you walked into his control room.”
For more information about the Chet Atkins exhibit, which is open until June of 2012, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame’s official website.
Posted: October 31, 2011
Premier Guitar‘s October issue features a two-page spread of the Gretsch G6128T George Harrison Signature Duo Jet guitar in all its splendor.
The model, based on George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet, receives praise by the magazine, which says it’s not only beautiful, but also comfortable to play.
“The finish is blemish free and beautiful,” said Premier Guitar. “The medium-thickness, slightly C-profiled neck is comfy, the frets are well dressed, and all the hardware twists, turns, and flicks with a solid, reassuring feel.”
They also made an online video review, which you can watch below.
Get your copy of Premier Guitar here.
Posted: August 26, 2011
The August edition of Premier Guitar magazine features the 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body Model 6120, an iconic vintage beauty.
Read the article here.
Posted: June 3, 2011
After recently gracing the cover of Guitar Player, Gretsch signature artist Brian Setzer got some more coverage from Premier Guitar in their May issue. The feature story covered his bluegrass and rockabilly roots, his new album Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! and his love/hate relationship with vintage Gretsch guitars.
For instance, he dives into specifics about his longtime companion — a 50-plus-year-old Gretsch ’59 6120.
“I bought it a long time ago from a guy on Long Island when I lived there, and incidentally it’s a really good one,” Setzer tells PG. “Guitarists tend to romanticize vintage instruments, but the old ones are really so hit-and-miss. I rate them ‘Monday through Friday,’ Monday being the worst. With a Monday guitar, it’s like the guy working at the factory started the week with a hangover and a fight with his wife, which translated to a crummy instrument. With a Friday guitar, the guy was in a great mood and was pumped up for the weekend, so he makes a beautiful instrument. That ’59 is definitely a Friday guitar—when it’s in perfect working order, it plays and sounds incredible.”