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Premier Guitar Looks At Chet Atkins Exhibit


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.”

The piece also delves into the collection of Atkins’ guitars on display, including his Gretsch Streamliner 6120 Prototype.

Notes Havighurst:

“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.”

Read the full Premier Guitar article here, while NPR’s coverage of the hallowed finger-style guitarist can be found here.

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.

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Premier Guitar Reviews the Gretsch G6128 T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet


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.

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Premier Guitar Features 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body Model 6120


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.

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More Love for Setzer


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.”

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Premier Guitar Rig Rundown with G. Love


Premier Guitar catches up with Gretsch signature artist G. Love of Philadelphia’s alt-rock/blues/hip-hop trio G. Love & Special Sauce for a rig rundown. Fast forward to the 7:28 mark to hear him simply gush over his Gretsch axes.

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