Canadian rockabilly master Cousin Harley is paying homage to influential guitarist, singer and songwriter Merle Travis in a rollicking new CD, Blue Smoke: The Music of Merle Travis, due out Nov. 25 on Little Pig Records. A special CD release event honoring Travis' 100th Birthday will be held on the release date in Cousin Harley's
The new Gretsch Streamliner G2622 Center Block Double Cutaway earned the front cover of Total Guitar's March issue. And while all the new Streamliner guitars received rave reviews, the G2622 was awarded with "Total Guitar's Best Buy." Gretsch practically dominates the issue with lengthy reviews of the new models, a Q&A with Gretsch Europe Project
Chicago Music Exchange recently brought in Chris Cannella from Gretsch headquarters to demo a G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Single Cutaway w/Bigsby in Georgia Green. Cannella uses both clean and dirty channels on the amp to showcase everything the guitar can do. Watch the demo below.
One of the things that makes Gretsch guitars stand out from the rest of the pack is the unique tailpiece options the company has utilized over the years. Of course, not all guitars boast one of these metallic accoutrements, but the ones that do seem to suggest a souped-up elegance. Both utilitarian and aesthetically-pleasing, here is a look at the main tailpieces you’ll find on a Gretsch guitar. Bigsby Vibrato Tailpieces Developed by Paul A. Bigsby, these vibratos allow the player to bend the pitch of notes or chords with their pick hand with the help of a spring-loaded arm called a whammy bar or tremolo. Available on Gretsch guitars since the 1950s, the device also makes sure the instrument stays in tune while adding those bending effects. Bend the arm down toward the guitar and the strings will loosen, lowering their pitch. Release the arm, and it’s back to normal. You can see Bigsby Vibrato Tailpieces on the 1958 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, the G6118T-LTV 130th Anniversary Jr., the 1959 Chet Atkins Solid Body and the Duane Eddy Signature Hollowbody, among several others.
With a new album out in 2011, San Francisco rocker Hanni El Khatib is preparing to embark on a month-long European tour in February. But first, El Khatib will play a show Friday night in Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater, for which he stopped by the Gretsch Showroom in Burbank to pick up an
Gretsch was well-represented at the Arlington Guitar Show this year.
For a limited time only, GuitarInstructor.com is offering Bigsby enthusiasts a free online class with special focus on Bigsby technique. The site has chosen a few Bigsby-centric titles from its 800-plus song bank, including rockabilly guitar video lessons that touch on the styles and techniques of rockabilly greats Gene Vincent and Brian Setzer; a Bigsby