Archive for 2001

George Harrison … The Beatles’ Quiet Lead Guitarist

Wednesday, November 21st, 2001

Story by UEC

LOS ANGELES (AP) – George Harrison, the Beatles’ quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer who added both rock ‘n’ roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band’s timeless magic, has died. He was 58.

Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a friend’s Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. Harrison’s wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 24, were with him. (more…)

Gretsch introduces 6120N Nashville
Beautiful New Model Makes Debut

Thursday, November 15th, 2001

Story by UEC

This gorgeous new Nashville is guaranteed to make your mouth water! She features a beautiful, maple body with arched top and back finished in classic “Gretsch” orange. One of the first things you’ll notice when you set your eyes upon this beauty is the clean, deep cutaway – which allows full, easy access right up to the top of the fingerboard. The neck is 2-pc maple, fitted with an ebonized, rosewood fingerboard, humped block inlays, white celluloid binding and 22 smooth jumbo frets.

The 6120N is equipped with all of the classic Gretsch hardware and electronic furnishings including master volume, master tone, pickup selector switch, individual volume controls, Dual FilterTron pickups, gold hardware, adjustamatic bridge and a Bigsby Vibrato! (more…)

Fred Gretsch Visits Tokyo Music Fair
With A Focus On New Drum Business

Monday, November 12th, 2001

Fred Gretsch, President of the Gretsch Company traveled to Tokyo in October to visit the Tokyo Music Fair, check the market, and visit with customers.

One important focus of the trip was the Gretsch Drum Business. Mr. Gretsch spoke with many exhibitors at the Fair who distribute drums. By good fortune he met Mr. Akio Matzuki an individual with many years of experience in the drum trade in Japan and he had the opportunity to tour the Fair exhibits with him. (more…)

Jeff Beck finds Cliff in an old Gretsch!
New “Mystery Train” Recording Is Proof

Wednesday, November 7th, 2001

Story by UEC

Did you know that Jeff Beck recorded his version of “Mystery Train” on the new release, “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records”, with a Gretsch Duo Jet! A recent review of the record from Guitar One Magazine says, “Moment of Truth: Jeff Beck and Chrissie Hynde, “Mystery Train”, Beck shows off his Cliff Gallup influence with some flashy yet tasty electric fingerstyle licks soaked in slapback delay. Jeff Beck’s Gear: Gretsch Duo Jet straight through a Fender Bassman.

This is not Jeff’s first encounter with a flying Gretsch! Jeff was able to capture the authentic “Cliff Gallup” sound when he discovered a couple of old Duo Jets! Here in his own words, Jeff discusses both the unique sounding Duo Jets and his early influence from “hero” Cliff Gallup. (more…)

Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) likes to play “really loud rock!”
Headline News Talks with Stan While on Tour

Tuesday, October 16th, 2001

Story by UEC

Stan Frazier say’s he likes to go out on tour and play “really loud rock”. Who wouldn’t? Stan’s gettin’ plenty of time to do just that as part of the Southern California pop-rockster’s known as Sugar Ray. The band has been out on tour in support of their fourth self-titled effort, “Sugar Ray”. “We still like to go out and bash our heads” Stan explained however, he enjoys other things too such as golf and cooking.

The “heads” Stan is referring to are those of he and his band-mates thrashing with the fans as they rock across the states, in full tour mode. “Rock & Roll is the only job where you show up for work, and there’s four cases of beer….at your desk!” (more…)

The “New Jet” Gretsch Guitars! Smooth, Sleek and Sexy!

Thursday, October 11th, 2001

Story by UEC

Smooth, sleek and sexy are the new Jet 6114 guitars from Gretsch! They embrace all that makes a modern guitar classic; simple clean lines and a straight-up, solid body electric setup. Outfitted with TV Jones Dual FilterTron pickups, Tune-O-Matic bridge and a G-stop tailpiece; the sound is pure Gretsch – trademark Kerrang!

The lightweight mahogany body is capped with a carved maple top and flame maple laminate to create the perfect balance between tone, beauty and player comfort. The finish is a silky smooth, deep clear gloss over a see-through-stain of either vibrant red or antique maple. The appearance is absolutely stunning! The 2-pc mahogany neck has an immediate, old-friend feel and is fitted with an ebonized rosewood fingerboard and the classic Gretsch “Humped” block inlays. The 24.6″ scale makes string bending smooth and effortless over the finely finished jumbo frets. (more…)

Pete Townshend Discovers Gretsch Magic!
A Gift From Joe Walsh Makes History

Wednesday, October 10th, 2001

Story by UEC

Did you know that Pete Townshend developed his “new” sound when buddy, Joe Walsh gave him a Gretsch 6120? Pete recorded both the incredible classics “Who’s Next” and “Quadrophenia” records exclusively with his new Gretsch setup! (more…)

Win Your Own Full Set Of Beatles Gear!
The Beatles Gear Giveaway!

Saturday, October 6th, 2001

Backbeat Books and Music Player Network Present:


Story by UEC

George Gretsch 6122-62 Celebrate with us, the release of Backbeat Books, “BEATLES GEAR”, the definitive history of the Beatle’s Instruments by Andy Babiuk. The first and only story of all the instruments played by all the Beatles, of course including many Gretsch Guitars. George Harrison is widely known for having a career-long love affair with his Gretsch guitars.

Get the first book ever to tell the stories behind the guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, amplifiers, effects – everything The Beatles used to become the greatest rock and roll band of all time. (more…)