Tag Archives: Stephen Stern
Posted: May 12, 2014
Recently, Stern built a biplane to live in the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona, Calif., complete with the iconic Gretsch logo and a striking orange color.
The plane is made of balsa wood and is covered with tissue paper, and Stern himself estimates that it took between 75-100 hours to build.
Just how did this beauty come to fruition? Luckily, Stern documented the entire process, which you can watch below.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Stephen Stern of the Gretsh Custom Shop is always on a quest to ensure his guitars are as close to vintage correct as possible, accomplishing that by having his builders closely analyze all the vintage instruments that come across his desk.
Stern’s group recently examined Stephen Stills’ 1959 White Falcon— the one he played at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And because that guitar featured the original knobs that were used on Gretsch Falcons and Penguins over a three-year period in the late 1950s, Stern now finds himself closer to his goal.
“From that one knob, we were able to spec out the three model years of Falcon and Penguin knobs,” said Stern.
In addition, Stern was helped a while back when he got his hands on George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet and recorded the knobs used over a two-year period on Duo Jet and 6210 models.
“I wanted to release all the new knobs at the same time, so when we got the Stills guitar in the shop, it was the last piece of the puzzle,” Sten noted.
Note photos of the new vintage correct knobs below.
Posted: May 25, 2012
The free event will feature continuous musical performances by pop-rock quartet Fountains of Wayne, Nik & Sam, Paul Pigat and Cousin Harley, The Octanes, and Foxy Studs. Guests making very special appearances include Fred Gretsch, the fourth-generation owner of the iconic Gretsch Guitar Company, Gretsch Guitars Product Specialist, Joe Carducci, OK Go frontman Damian Kulash, and more.
In addition, guests will enjoy a hands-on guitar clinic with Gretsch Guitars Custom Shop Master Builder, Stephen Stern, and the opportunity to meet and greet Gretsch Girl Kim Falcon, who will be signing her new posters.
For more information, visit Street Sounds’ official website.
Posted: February 22, 2012
Premier Guitar‘s Rebecca Dirks recently got the VIP tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop by builder Stephen Stern.
Stern took Dirks through many of the amazingly striking Gretsch pieces he and his team have built.
Check out the video below:
Posted: January 24, 2012
Wildwood Guitars teamed up with esteemed musician Greg Koch to cover the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Koch interviewed a variety of luthiers, product managers and musicians, including this interview with Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern.