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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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Vintage Guitar Test-Drives Tim Armstrong’s Signature Gretsch

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Vintage Guitar recently checked out Tim Armstrong’s distinguishable signature Gretsch G5191BK, dubbing it “exceptional,” and “plain cool.”

Take it from the magazine itself.

“The G5191BK has classic Gretsch styling with some of Armstrong’s particular requests well-represented,” says Vintage Guitar. “Aesthetically, it’s just plain cool – oozing a rock vibe reminiscent of a hip old hot rod, it looks retro in its flat-/matte-black finish and gold hardware.”

But according to Vintage Guitar, the cool factor doesn’t stop there. Armstrong’s signature model sounds as great as it looks.

“Plugged in, the G5191BK does not disappoint,” says the magazine. “It has the classic jangle and resonance one would expect from a Gretsch, while all that projection is a godsend for styles not necessarily associated with the brand.”

Get the full story at Vintage Guitar.

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Vintage Guitar Features Gretsch 6134 White Penguin

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The online August edition of Vintage Guitar magazine features the Gretsch 6134 White Penguin, viewed by many collectors as the “holy grail of Gretsch instruments.”

According to Vintage Guitar, it is estimated that only a few dozen of these rare beauties were produced between the year they were introduced in 1955 to 1964 when they were discontinued.

The article provides a rundown of the model’s history, along with unique specs that offer an added value to this vintage collectible.

To learn more about the Gretsch 6134 White Penguin, read the entire article on Vintage Guitar here.

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Vintage Guitar Details the History of the Gretsch Duo Jet

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Vintage Guitar’s February 2011 issue includes a spread on the birth of the Gretsch Duo Jet™.

The magazine rewinds to 1953 to share a detailed history of the first Gretsch Electromatic Solid Body Guitar, aka the model 6128 Duo Jet. The article explains what sets apart the very first 150 guitar run (with serial numbers 11900 through 12049) from later models, including the scripty Jet Gretsch logo, and on some 1953 models, a Gretsch drum badge affixed to their lower bout.

Pick up the issue and flip to page 32 to read the full article.


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Nick Curran Featured in Vintage Guitar

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Singer, songwriter and monster blues-rock guitarist Nick Curran — with Grestch guitar in hand — is featured in the August issue of Vintage Guitar magazine.

In the Q&A, Curran breaks down a list of guitar albums that changed his life, like AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

“The interaction on Malcolm and Angus on this is so badass,” said Curran. “Malcolm holding down the rhythm with a killer Gretsch tone, and Angus playing counter-rhythm parts and ripping blues leads over these great steady grooves. Lay Bon Ccott’s sleazy poetry over the top, and wow!”

Malcolm Young’s Gretsch might have had something to do with why Curran was attraced to a Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet, which he used on his fourth solo CD, Reform School Girl.

“I had it painted white on the front and put TV Jones Filtertrons in it, with a Gretsch Bigsby,” Curran told Vintage Guitar. “It looks really cool — a great guitar.”

Check out Vintage Guitar, page 24 for more.

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