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Billy Duffy Dissects His New Signature White Falcon

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The Cult’s Billy Duffy recently sat down to break down his signature Gretsch White Falcon, noting several of the features of this majestic guitar.

Watch the interview below and visit the Cult’s official website for more information.

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Five Great Gretsch Rock Albums of the 1980s

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Gretsch electric guitars loomed large in the 1950s with original-era rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly; even larger in the 1960s with the British Invasion. They were certainly still around during the musically tumultuous 1970s, although you did have to look a little harder. And then the 1980s arrived.

The 1980s. That was the decade when Gretsch guitars came roaring back in ways both traditional and unexpected, as post-punk, new wave, the rockabilly revival and other fast-proliferating subgenres blasted their way to the forefront of popular music on both sides of the Atlantic. Below, in chronological order, are five fine albums you can thank for that happy development. And we’re not just talking about a Gretsch guitar appearing on a song or two—we’re talking about entire albums that are scorching, swinging, soaring and singing examples of Gretsch guitar artistry all the way through from first track to last …
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The Cult Drops New Video For ‘Honey From A Knife’

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This week, the Cult officially released the music video for the second single off 2012′s Choice of Weapon, “Honey From a Knife.”

The back-alley chase sequence is gritty and dark, highlighted by a rocking riff from guitarist Billy Duffy as singer Ian Astbury sings about drugs and a lost generation.

Watch the clip below.

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Billy Duffy Interviewed In Latest Premier Guitar

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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.

For more information and a list of tour dates, check out The Cult’s official website.  To read the full interview, click here.

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BIlly Duffy Featured In Latest Vintage Guitar

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The Cult‘s Billy Duffy landed on the cover of July’s Vintage Guitar, in which he talks about his trusty Gretsch White Falcon and his band’s upcoming album, Choice of Weapon.

Duffy reminisced about the first Gretsch he ever owned, a double-cutaway stereo 1970′s White Falcon that he no longer has.

“I had to sell that one to get what I really wanted, which was the single-cutaway Falcon with the curved palm bar, which has a very different feel than a short-armed Bigsby.”

Duffy also confirmed that he is working with Gretsch on a signature White Falcon.

“They forensically analyzed my guitar – the ’70s Falcon I used on “She Sells Sanctuary,” with all its battle scars and whatnot, and they’re going to make something based on it,” he noted.

To read the full interview, pick up your copy of Vintage Guitar here, and visit The Cult’s official website for more information.

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