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

Brian Setzer to Release New Christmas Album

On Oct. 16, Gretsch signature artists Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra will release Rockin' Rudolph, their first studio Christmas album in 10 years. The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert run—the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour”—  delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they are known for.

Watch Brian Setzer Explain Features of the Gretsch G6136SLBP Black Phoenix

In this video clip, the legendary Brian Setzer discusses "the Big Kahuna," aka the Gretsch G613SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix. Watch as he walks through some of its key features, and then rocks out with this axe.

Wildwood Guitars Dissects the New G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rods

Greg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch's Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars. The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer's exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5" fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features. Throughout

5 Eye-Catching Gretsch Finishes

Here's a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why? G5438T Pro Jet in Gold Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,”