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Premier Guitar Channels Scotty Moore for New Guitar Lesson


Ever wonder how to achieve that classic sound Scotty Moore made famous? Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger straps on a White Falcon, and breaks down the galloping techniques that will have you strumming like Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist in no time.

Watch Bohlinger’s step-by-step instruction below to easily master the I-IV-V cascading progression, complete with picking patterns.

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Hailey Steele is #LetTheGirlsPlay Featured Artist of the Month


Hailey Steele is February’s featured artist for Taste of Country’s #LetTheGirlsPlay—an initiative that highlights a rising female star in country music every month.

In a Taste of Country in-depth article, Steele talks candidly about the highs and lows of her career, including her 2011 appearance on The Voice and co-writing hits, such as RaeLynn’s “Boyfriend.”

Steele also indulges in cherished memories from her past that have influenced her music, including the ones that hurt. For instance, Steele recalls getting dropped from a publishing deal, and the advice she got from friend and country music artist Marcus Hummon.

“When I first found out I was losing my first publishing deal, (Hummon) was the first person that I called and he was like, ‘Well, I’m actually getting dropped too … it happens to everybody.’

“He took me to breakfast and told me that everything was gonna be alright,” she recalls.

Steele continues to chase her music dreams, and as a member of Song Suffragettes, is part of a community working as one to help women find success in the music industry. Fans can see her on many Monday nights at the Listening Room in Nashville.

Below, watch Steele perform “Where I Thought I’d Be,” a song from a new project she’s creating, expected to be released in late 2016, and one that perfectly captures the journey Steele describes in her interview.

Strumming a gorgeous White Falcon Rancher, she sings:

“I’m just not where I’d thought I’d be. Maybe all those visions were pipe dream wishes, and reaching for the stars was a little ambitious. Yeah that sun’s behind those clouds. Give it a little more time, the sky’s gonna smile and a light will come shinin’ on down. I’ve got faith that it will all work out. I’m just not where I thought I’d be right now.”

Watch her performance below …

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Billy Duffy Unveils his ‘Evil Twins’ in Guitar Player


Cult guitarist Billy Duffy unveils his “evil twins” – his signature White and Black Falcon – in the Guitar Player magazine February 2016 issue.

After having rolled out a Gretsch signature White Falcon model in 2013, the company added a limited run of a Black Falcon in late 2015.

“It was Ian [Astbury, Cult vocalist], really, who started it all. He said, ‘You should do a black one and call it the ‘Evil Twin,’” Duffy told GP. “That’s the kind of thing Ian says, but I also thought it was a good idea.”

Duffy also talks a bit about new Cult album Hidden City, which dropped on Feb. 5.

“There are definitely more hooks in there,” said Duffy. “Everybody was happy with Choice of Weapon, but we didn’t get as deeply into song creation, because there was the double producer thing with Chris Goss starting it, and then Bob Rock finishing it. They both have their processes, so there was a bit of almost re-engineering the songs. But for this one, Bob was involved in the songwriting every early, coaching me and Ian.

“Also, one of my complaints about the last album was the guitars were the last thing to get done. You know, ‘Okay, quick. Throw a solo on there.’ Bob and I really enjoy the process because he’s a player too, so he said ‘For this one, I want to make sure you get enough time to maybe put too much guitar on the record. I’d like to take some stuff off when we mix, instead of just having enough guitar to get by.’ So we went to a studio on Maui, and we just did guitars, which was nice.”

Get the new album here!

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Ken Yokoyama Debuts New Video for ‘I Won’t Turn Off My Radio’


Ken YokoyamaJapanese punk icon Ken Yokoyama recently dropped a video for the track “I Won’t Turn Off My Radio” a rocking song with his trademark high-speed guitars and shout-along choruses.

In the clip, Yokoyama shines in the spotlight while wielding a beautiful Gretsch White Falcon.

Watch the video below and click here for more information on Yokoyama.

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Gretsch Custom Shop Introduces New Vintage-Correct Cadillac G Tailpieces


Gretsch Tailpieces

On the left is a vintage-correct Gretsch tailpiece. The one on the right is non-vintage-correct.

The craftsmen in the Gretsch Custom Shop have taken yet another step towards making the most historically accurate Gretsch guitars they can.

After almost a year of research, development and production, new White Penguin and White Falcon guitars coming out of the Custom Shop will feature redesigned vintage correct Cadillac G tailpieces.

Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and his team searched far and wide for an original tailpiece that could serve as a template for the new models.

“I’ve been changing some of our parts to be more vintage correct to elevate our guitars to a higher level,” Stern said. “I’ve been wanting to work on the tailpiece for a long time. The hardest part was finding an original; that took a lot of time.”

Stern thought he had someone willing to let him borrow an original tailpiece in early 2014, but that fell through once the Gretsch enthusiast got nervous about lending the rare part out.

Gretsch '59 Penguin Relic

A Gretsch '59 White Penguin Relic featuring the new vintage-correct non-symmetrical tailpiece.

Luckily, Stern heard from Naoaki Toyofuku of Thrill on the String, a dealer in Japan with an incredible collection of vintage Gretsch guitars.

“He was kind enough to send me a couple tailpieces almost a year ago,” Stern explained. “I had to get them drawn up by our research and development department, and then we got a 3D print of the parts. Then, it was off to the manufacturer.”

What came out of the process is a non-symmetrical long and short version of the tailpiece  that will go on the White Falcons and White Penguins, in addition to a symmetrical long and short version for Falcons and Penguins that are in custom colors. All are vintage correct.

“But if a customer wants to order a White Penguin with a symmetrical tailpiece, for example, we can do it,” Stern was quick to add.

Last year, Stern finished work on new vintage-correct knobs for White Falcons and Penguins, and the prodigious luthier said he is not yet finished in his quest for authenticity.

“The knobs were a pretty big project, and I have something that I’m working on for next year, but we’ll keep that under wraps for the time being,” he said. “We’ve gotta save some surprises!”

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A closeup of the new vintage-correct non-symmetrical tailpiece on a Gretsch '59 White Penguin Relic.

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