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Gretsch Custom Shop Unveils New Vintage Correct Knobs

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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.

Knobs used on the Gretsch Falcons and Penguins.

Knobs used on Gretsch Duo Jets.

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Stephen Stills Talks Woodstock in Latest Gretsch Interview

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The legendary Stephen Stills has had a blockbuster career, earning two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

And through much of his career, Stills could be seen with a trusty Gretsch White Falcon, a guitar he was first introduced to by Neil Young.

Stills was kind enough to talk about his relationship with Gretsch in a recent interview, which includes the amazing story of how Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young nearly missed their chance to play at the original Woodstock.

Watch the interview below and visit Crosby, Stills and Nash’s official website for current tour dates.

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Stephen Stills Talks Guitars With MusicRadar

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In the midst of a summer tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stephen Stills sat down with MusicRadar for a lengthy interview where he talked about his career, the live CSN 2012 DVD that is coming out July 17 and his guitars of choice.

When asked about his history with Gretsch, Stills went back to the late 1950s.

“A friend took me to Tampa, Florida in 1959 to a demonstration at the local music shop, and we saw Chet Atkins,” Stills recalled.

“Right there, that began my love affair with Gretsches, because you can fingerpick ‘em, particularly if you take the pickguard off. I’ve been doing that for a living for 50 years.”

Stills noted that he picked up his first Gretsch when playing with Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield.

“Actually, I think I got my first Gretsch in the Springfield. Neil played one, which immediately attracted me to him. Anybody who played a Gretsch, that was it,” he said.

“But I liked the orange ones. Graham [Nash] knows all the nomenclature. I like the brown ones, actually. I have two old, brown single cutaway Country Gentlemens, and they’re really, really good.

“Now, the White Falcon in CSNY. Everybody was buying every guitar in sight. I happened to find a stereo White Falcon, and I traded Neil for his old one, which I still have. I’ve offered it back to him, but he says, ‘No, no. A trade’s a trade. You beat me on that one.’”

Read the full interview here, and visit Crosby, Stills & Nash’s official website for more information.

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Watch Video of Buffalo Springfield at Oakland’s Fox Theater

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On June 1, Buffalo Springfield launched their first tour since splitting up in 1968 with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Cali. Here’s fan footage of the reunited group performing “I Am a Child.”

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Stills Still Rocks Gretsch

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Stills with his Gretsch G6136-1958 White Falcon signature model.
Photo by Henry Ditz

Gretsch fans will note that longtime signature artist Stephen Stills is as busy as ever lately with solo concert dates, a slew of new releases and summer 2010 plans for a Crosby, Stills & Nash tour.

Recent releases from Stills include the 14-song Live at Shepherd’s Bush, which captures a career-spanning fall 2008 performance of solo and full-band sets in England, and Pieces, a collection of 15 unreleased recordings from the sessions for both early-’70s albums (Manassas and Down the Road) by Manassas, the group Stills formed with ex-Byrd Chris Hillman.

One of the rock, pop and folk world’s more astute Gretsch-slingers, Stills was honored with a Gretsch signature White Falcon™ model in 2000, meticulously modeled after his original White Falcon. Stills continues to rely on Gretsch both on the road and in the studio; in a recent review of a March 6 concert in Michigan, website Ann Arbor.com noted that Stills was in fine and fiery musical form on, among other instruments, “a gorgeous Gretsch hollow body.”

Stephen Stills spring 2010 U.S. tour dates, cities and venues are:

3.18 Los Angeles Music Box at the Fonda
3.20 Anaheim, Calif. Grove of Anaheim
3.21 Solana Beach, Calif. Belly Up Tavern
4.16 Live Oak, Fla. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
4.17 Miami Fillmore

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