‘Guitar Aficionado’ Explores Bo Diddley’s “Bo-Dacious” Guitars

The late legendary guitarist Bo Diddley was pivotal in the transition from blues to rock and roll in the '50s, influencing countless artists including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and more. Diddley’s influence didn’t stop at just music though, as the pioneering picker’s incredible instruments were just as important as his

Gretsch Gets Some Play in HBO’s New Series ‘Vinyl’

The new 10-part HBO drama series Vinyl debuted last week, and looks to be a an interesting and wild ride through the sex- and drug-addled music scene of 1970s New York. Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, Vinyl stars Bobby Cannavale as record label president Richie Finestra, a man who

Eight Great Gretsch Album Covers

Gretsch guitars are fabulous-looking instruments. Always have been. So it’s no surprise that they often made their way onto the album covers of those who played them and put them to such great use. Here then, in no particular chronological order, are eight fine album covers notable for being graced with great Gretsch guitars: 1. A Session With Chet Atkins (Chet Atkins, 1961) There are only about a bazillion Chet Atkins albums that feature a Gretsch guitar on the cover, usually in the hands of the master himself, and all of them look fabulous. So this one is kind of a tough call. After much consideration, we’re going with the 1961 re-issue of 1954’s A Session With Chet Atkins because it must be the Gretsch-iest original-era album cover ever. The 1954 original cover somewhat somberly pictured Atkins himself, and while the ’61 re-issue cover doesn’t, what it does picture is three—count ’em, three—Gretsch guitars: a Tennessean, a Duo Jet and a 6120; the latter locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette. Come to think of it, 1955’s Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions also has three Gretsch guitars on the cover, but since none of them are locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette, A Session With Chet Atkins gets the nod here.

Harrison Lands At No. 11 In Rolling Stone‘s Greatest Guitarists

As 2011 wound down, Rolling Stone compiled a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and George Harrison stands at No. 11 among the prolific list of virtuoso musicians. In the early-December issue of the magazine, Tom Petty offered Harrison high praise. Wrote Petty: "George Harrison and I were once in a car and

Music Radar Lists 15 Gretsch Electric Guitar Stars

Photo by: George Chin Music Radar put together a of list of acclaimed Gretsch-wielding artists, ranging from rockabilly pioneers to new-wave metallers. Below are some of the names on the list... - Eddie Cochran. This rockabilly pioneer only ever played his Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow-body during his all-too brief life and career, and was