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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

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Gretsch Custom Shop’s Stephen Stern on the Desperado Roundup

The level of craftmanship and artistry that went into the new Gretsch Custom Shop G6130T-CS Desperado Roundup is truly extraordinary. Making its debut at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., this outlaw inspired guitar features a chambered mahogany body, laminated maple black leather top finished with a Distressed Mahogany Stain, rattlesnake skin wrap on

Watch Robert Plant’s Television Cameo

Gretsch enjoyed some more TV time last night with an outstanding spot in Sky 1's Welsh comedy Stella, starring Ruth Jones. In the Feb. 23 episode during the funeral service for "Daddy,' Robert Plant is introduced rather dismissively as Mr. Rubber.  The audience is quick to realize, however, it's actually the Led Zeppelin singer, who

8 Glorious Gretsch Guitars from the Custom Shop

Holy smokes! Once again, Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder Stephen Stern has built some truly extravagant custom shop models for the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here's a quick look at 8 glorious Gretsch Custom Shop guitars, which all had a "car" theme ... G6136 Luxury Falcon "Spectre" Inspired by an old Rolls Royce,

Stephen Stern Shares Inspiration Behind Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup

Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock. In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the

Steve Hunter Releases New Tone Poems Live DVD

Steve Hunter has truly left his stamp on some of the most beloved rock and roll tracks of the 1970s and beyond. Not only did Hunter play on five Alice Cooper albums, but he also performed on Peter Gabriel’s debut solo album that included the classic “Solsbury Hill” and was featured on two of Lou

Vintage Trouble’s Nalle Colt Rocks his Gretsch Custom Shop Duo Jet

Earlier this week, Vintage Trouble's Nalle Colt played his first show with his new Gretsch Custom Shop Duo Jet, built by Master Builder Stephen Stern. Stern discusses the unique features of this Custom Shop piece in the quick video below. Post by Gretsch Guitars.

How the Gretsch Bi-Plane Was Built

A longtime woodworking enthusiast, Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern does not just make some of the most beautiful and painstakingly-crafted guitars. Recently, Stern built a biplane to live in the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona, Calif., complete with the iconic Gretsch logo and a striking orange color. The plane is made of balsa wood and

See Inside the Gretsch Custom Shop

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gretsch Custom Shop, here's a fascinatingly detailed close-up look at its inner workings. Set to a swinging Gretsch soundtrack, watch as master luthier Stephen Stern and the GCS team expertly execute each step in crafting the finest of Gretsch's finest—from fashioning bodies, necks and fingerboards to finishing and

Ten Years of the Gretsch Custom Shop

It wouldn’t be all that surprising if you didn’t know that there even was such a thing as the Gretsch Custom Shop. After all, all Gretsch guitars look like custom instruments, really. They’re all dazzling. They all look like coolness incarnate. And yet here we are at the tenth anniversary of the Gretsch Custom Shop.