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  • Joe Basso here with Music Radar I'm here with another Joe, Joe Carducci.

  • >>Hey man, it'll be easy to remember Joe! >>There you go. So we're going to look at some of the new Gretsch

  • guitars >>Absolutely

  • >>And guys had a had an anniversary >>130 years, a young German immigrant in 1883

  • from Monheim, Germany, started this company in Brooklyn, New York. And the original Gretsch

  • building that was built in the early 1900's, still stands today, it's condominiums and it's

  • still known as the Gretsch building, the Gretsch logo is still proudly displayed at the top

  • of this 10 storey building in Brooklyn, 60 Broadway is the address, certainly you could

  • programme your GPS to go find it the next time you're in Brooklyn. But we're celebrating

  • 130 years which there is not too many companies that can make that claim.

  • >>And you have a guitar for that >>Absolutely, one of the instruments that

  • we're introducing here is a 130th anniversay model guitar, Gretsch is famous for offering

  • their anniversary models, as because they've been around for so long. So this is the custom

  • shop model made in Corona, California by a master builder and Stephen Stern and his crew.

  • Our anniversary models are 2 tone guitars,where as the top of the body is one colour and the

  • back and the sides is a secondary colour, so the anniversary from the custom shop is

  • a metallic gold top with the black back and sides. It's got a silver sparkle binding around

  • it and from our pro-series from the Gretsch factory in Nagoya, Japan, we have these 2

  • models that are sitting below it, which are anniversary models but in a junior size, which

  • means a 14 inch bout and it's the reverse from the custom shop, where as the top is black and

  • the back and sides is gold. Very very cool, it's cool stock filtertron pickups, I'm sorry these

  • are TV Jones pickups with a pin to adjust a matter brdige and Bigsby tail piece, way

  • way cool. >>And a lot of guitar players that play Gretsch's

  • for many years but one of the guitar players who's most notable with Gretsch is Billy Duffy

  • >>Absolutely yeah, we just this year, we introduced the new Billy Duffy model, so Gretsch guitars

  • historically, I mean Gretsch was right there at the beginning of rock and roll, so not only

  • do we include models for such noteriety people as Eddie Cochran and of course can't deny

  • Duane Eddy, the tone, I mean that guy was all about tone, his guitar was his voice. So to

  • that spirit you know, we just don't, we rely on the folks from years ago, Billy Duffy from

  • the Cult, and if you're a big Cult fan, I admit it, and to be able to get a Cult requesting

  • to see if we'd be interested in doing something with Billy Duff, it's like are you kidding

  • me. So here you go, this is the new Billy Duffy model, his No1 white falcon that he

  • purchased as a young man in England, he still owns that guitar, they gave us access to the

  • instrument. Again we called our buddy that's the doctor at the medical clinic to do a catscan

  • on the guitar so that in the spirit, so that to get the DNA from it, so that we didn't

  • have to saw his guitar in half. I don't think Billy would have liked that.

  • >>Now did he have any new tweaks though that he wanted? >>Yeah, absolutley, yeah. I'll use Billy's

  • paraphrase; the new model is a newer, younger, more bionic than his actually, his original guitar, so

  • the things that he liked about it, we kept, things that he said, oh you know, I only wish,

  • if, we said we can do that. So the new model of course comes with a pin bridge, the pickups

  • that are included with the guitar we reverse engineered those pickups because they were

  • custom made for him from an individual. And it's kind of a funny thing that it's a hollow

  • body electric guitar with the sound post, but you know the guy should know, those guys that

  • are into the Cult, Billy, the Cult is a real loud, high gain, rock and roll band. So what Billy

  • admits, he goes, I used to put hotel towels inside, stuff them inside the body, to dampen the

  • guitar. So, with that, with the Billy Duffy guitar you get a towel, that has a signature

  • on it, it's embroidered with a Cult logo on it.

  • >>From a particular hotel? >>No partcular hotel but the Gretsch logo

  • that you can either stuff it inside the guitar or you can wash your dishes if you want. But

  • anyway we're really proud to include Billy Duffy and in fact a couple of nights ago

  • the Gretsch family presented Billy, which we have on display here, with a proclamation

  • for his contribution to the legacy of Gretsch guitars.

  • >>William Billy Duffy >>William Billy Duffy, that's right. Wonderful

  • person, awesome guitar player, great song writer and we're so proud to bring him into

  • the Gretsch family. >>And a good hair cut too!

  • >>Cool hair cut. >>So last but not least, we're going to look

  • at the Center Block Series. >>Yeah, come on, watch this way.

  • >>Ok, so we're here at the Doctors office. So Doctor what are we looking at here?

  • >>What we're looking at here is, at this NAMM show we're introducing something brand new,

  • which is our new Centerblock Series of Pro Series guitars. And what it is, is that

  • we're problem solving for those guys that are afraid of the taboo of a performance of

  • hollow body electric guitars. If you're into high gain, you have a pre-amp that over

  • drives the front end, you're in the fuzz tones. The Centerblock physics with an electric guitar,

  • helps dampen that, so it really makes them high gain friendly. So for those guitar players

  • that are jazz fusion guys or rock and roll guys that like to play through banks of amplifiers

  • or at extreme volumes, problem solved. We've included with now on these models a spruce centerblock

  • and we visited our doctor friend, who is a guitar player and you know doctors do nothing for free.

  • All he asked was for us to spend a little bit of time with the guitars, so we bring them in after hours,

  • in fact what you're seeing in this catscan film here is actually this guitar just to it's

  • right, which is the new centerblock falcon guitar. And it has a spruce centerblock, just

  • as it shows in the film, it's chambered in this area, it was important to me to make

  • the guitar as light as possible to make it comfortable to play over hours you know in

  • a bandstand. It's got all the silver sparkle bling that the Falcon guitars are famous for

  • and a winged verticle logo. The grover imperial steristep tuners, it's got a pin bridge so it

  • doesn't move on you, really really beautiful guitar we also, it also comes in a double

  • cut away version, with a bigsby and you know I meet those guys when I'm out travelling

  • that say, you know gosh those falcon guitars are way way cool but you know I play in a

  • blues band and you know it's a little too liberace for me to you know, for my, for

  • my taste. So what we did, is we are offering a guitar here, comes in also black or white.

  • It's a new panther model, it's a brand new model that's part of this new centerblock

  • series and as you can see it's got the simple multi-ply white binding on it so it's a straight

  • ahead rock and roll guitar, believe me if you strap this thing down right about here and

  • turn your amp on about 9, this thing sings like you would not believe. Anyway, that's

  • what's new for Gretsch. >>Those are very classy looking guitars, really

  • cool. >>Thank you. You know I've always said Gretsch

  • is like an animal with its own stripes. We're not copying anybody, we have our own designs,

  • it's like an old italian spaghetti recipe, that you know other people may try to, you

  • know, try to capture our vibe but this is an original, one of a kind, brand.

  • >>Joe Carducci with Gretsch, thank you very much

  • >>Thank you my friend, Joe, good luck to you, thank you for being here.

Joe Basso here with Music Radar I'm here with another Joe, Joe Carducci.

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