The Great 8 of ‘58

Affectionately dubbed the "Great '58," this collection of 1958 inspired hollow and solid body Custom Shop models created by Master Builder Stephen Stern debuted at the 2017 NAMM show. 1958 was a transitional year for Gretsch, which included the beginning of Filter’Tron™ pickups featuring plain covers and flat-top bezels. These timeless beauties capture those key

Five Great Gretsch Chet Atkins Album Covers

The great Chet Atkins was a prolific artist, to say the least. From 1952 to 1996, he released dozens of albums; many dozens more if you count live albums, compilations, collaborations, work as a sideman and, after his 2001 passing, posthumous releases. Atkins’ most prolific studio years spanned the 1950s and 1960s. This encompasses the

Young (Lady) Thumbs Make History; Sweep the Legends Thumbpicking Championship

Photos and article by Ron Denny. The History Channel could’ve joined Gretsch guitars as sponsors of the 2016 International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg County, Ky., in late September. That’s because for the first time in the 28-year history of the event, two ladies – make that two teenagers – competed against eight men and took home the top two thumbpicking honors. They also walked offstage with new Gretsch guitars as a result of their picking prowess. Katelyn Prieboy, 19, is from Lutz, Fla., which is just north of Tampa, and is a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville. She is majoring in audio engineering and minoring in classical guitar. Katelyn was crowned the grand champion and won a gorgeous Gretsch White Falcon guitar for being the first woman to sweep both the traditional and contemporary thumbpicking categories.

See Brandi Carlile Perfom on ‘Seth Meyer’

Earlier this month, Brandi Carlile was scheduled to play New York's Madison Square Gardens, but first she took her incredible vocal chops by Late Night With Seth Meyers where she performed the throttling "Mainstream Kid" off 2015's The Firewatcher's Daughter as well as her unforgettable single, "The Story." Not to be biased, but those of

Watch George Ezra Perform ‘Blame It on Me’ on Late Night

British singer/songwriter George Ezra recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform the hit single "Blame It on Me." Donning a Gretsch G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose, Ezra sang the song with power, showcasing a distinctive soulful voice that belies his 22 years of age. "Blame It on Me," which drew a huge ovation

Watch the Tallest Man on Earth Perform Two Tracks for WFUV

Before his latest tour to support latest album Dark Bird is Home, Kristian Mattson - a.k.a. the Tallest Man on Earth - was used to performing on stage by himself. But lately, he's been backed by a full band for his concerts, adding lush layers to his beautifully arranged songs. That sound was on display during

Port Mac Guitars Demos a Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody

Chris Haigh of Australian retailer Port Mac Guitars recently picked up a Gretsch G6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody to showcase some of the classic tones this beautiful guitar can achieve. For the demo, Haigh plugged into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Combo, and you can check it out in full below.

Watch Dan Auerbach Examine a Vintage Chet Atkins Guitar on American Pickers

In case you missed Dan Auerbach on the season premiere of American Pickers earlier this year - which we seemed to have done - video has surfaced of the Black Keys guitarist's appearance. Why blog it in this space? Well, the object of Auerbach's interest during the episode happens to be a special Gretsch guitar.

Celebrating 60 Years of the Historic Gretsch-Chet Atkins Relationship

How the right people and the right company came together at the right time to create a legendary line of electric guitars By Fred W. Gretsch In summer 1954, my uncle, Fred Gretsch Jr., and a rising Nashville session and recording guitar star named Chet Atkins put their signatures on a simple two-page contract. Neither

Chicago Music Exchange Demos a G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose

Brian Westfall of the Chicago Music Exchange recently put a Gretsch G6119-1962HT Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose through the paces in a pretty sweet demo. In the clip below, the classic guitar gets a workout with riffs from Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man"), the Turtles ("So Happy Together") and, of course, the Beatles ("It Won't Be Long").