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Vintage Guitar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic Center-Block

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In its November issue, Vintage Guitar reviews the Gretsch G-5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block, which features a solid-spruce center block designed to cut feedback when things get loud.

The magazine reviews the instrument’s key feature set, finish and set-up, and also details some of the sounds wrangled from this little beauty.

“A Black Top Filter’Tron pickup near the bridge provides all the early George Harrison jangle and super-clean Chet Atkins single notes anyone could ever use,” writes Bob Dragich. “Beatles songs are channeled almost involuntarily through the ’Tron. And even though Tom Petty doesn’t normally use a Gretsch, the G5655T-CB is great for reproducing the rhythms of nearly every song he’s ever done.”

The guitar also held up well when it came to feedback testing.

“Feedback testing involved running the G5655T-CB through an early-’80s Fender Super Champ in a 15×15 room with an eight-foot ceiling. All-tube and point-to-point wired, the Super Champ dished out Paul Rivera levels of gain. Pushed to window-rattling, 911-calling levels, the little Gretsch refused to squeal unless it was aimed directly at the amp’s speaker, and then only in close proximity.”

Pick up the magazine to read the full review.

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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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