Brian Setzer New Album Due Out Aug. 27; Watch Video for ‘Gotta Have the Rumble’

Gretsch signature artist and rockabilly legend Brian Setzer will release Gotta Have the Rumble, his first solo album in 7 years, August 27 on Surfdog Records physically (CD) and digitally, with the vinyl out this fall (TBA). "Obviously, it's a reference to my motorcycles and hot rods, something that hasn't changed since I was 15

Gretsch Goes Behind-The-Scenes With Brian Setzer’s Guitar Tech Tyler Sweet

Brian Setzer’s guitar tech Tyler Sweet showed off the rockabilly legend’s eccentric touring rig of Gretsch guitars in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video during the Stray Cat’s 40th anniversary tour.  At the time, Setzer’s rack was loaded with several of his custom 6120 models, like the flashy “Spotty,” the crowd-favorite Smoke guitar and a can’t-miss sparkle

Tom ‘TV’ Jones and Guitar Tech Tyler Sweet Share Their Insight on Brian Setzer’s ‘Smoke’

Famed luthier and pickup guru Tom “TV” Jones and Brian Setzer guitar tech Tyler Sweet discussed the legacy of Stray Cat frontman’s famed Gretsch guitar “Smoke” in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview. “Over the years I have worked on many of Brian’s guitars,” said Jones. “But this guitar, Smoke, I have worked on five times as

Six Stunning New Gretsch Artist Signature Models

From classic fan favorites to an ultra-exclusive limited edition relic model, here are six new Gretsch artist signature models. G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby® Dressed to the nines in vibrant finishes like Candy Blue Burst, Extreme Coolant Green Sparkle, Lime Gold and Candy Magenta and accented with nickel hardware, the

Brian Setzer Talks ‘40’ Years of Stray Cats with ‘Guitarist’

Photo by Suzie Caplan The Stray Cats are back with their first album in 26 years, 40, and Guitarist magazine’s Ed Mitchell caught up with the legendary Brian Setzer in the August issue to talk about the gear used on the latest record and his longstanding relationship with Gretsch. “[On 40], I used my mainstays,”

The G5422TG Electromatic Earns Guitar World Gold

In the January issue of Guitar World, editor Chris Gill reviewed the G5422TG Electromatic and gave it the magazine's Gold Award. “The feel and playability of a great vintage Gretsch guitar is truly unique, and the G5422TG Electromatic delivers a playing experience that’s instantly familiar to the most devoted Gretsch fanatic,” wrote Gill. Gill praised

Brian Setzer Announces New Concert Blu-Ray/CD

On Nov. 4, three-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer will be releasing new concert Blu-ray/CD Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka!, which was filmed on February 18 at Namba Hatch in Osaka, Japan. Live and loud, the concert encompasses songs from the Gretsch signature artist’s acclaimed 2014 studio album Rockabilly Riot! All Original—a sizzling rockabilly effort from start to

Guitar Player Tests Out a G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville

Guitar Player's Michael Molenda tested out a Gretsch G6120 Brian Setzer Nashville for the magazine's February issue. In the review, Molenda runs through the instrument's construction, control switches, pickups, playability and tones. "No matter what sound you're rocking, string-to-string articulation is exceptional. The Nashville may look like a retro, rockabilly twang machine— and it is—but

What Inspired the Lone Bellow’s Brian Elmquist to Play Guitar?

Brooklyn-based indie folk rock trio the Lone Bellow started off 2015 with the release of sophomore album Then Came the Morning. Having written more than 40 songs while out on the road touring, the band teamed with the National guitarist Aaron Dessner on the recording effort, spending two weeks at Dreamland in upstate New York,

Brian Setzer Discusses his Signature Gretsch Hot Rod Models

What made the legendary Brian Setzer decide to put TV Jones Pickups in his 2015 Hot Rod signature Gretsch models? Turns out it was a sly move by his guitar tech. In our exclusive video below, Setzer tells that story and also explains a few of his other choices. Check it out, and shop the