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Malcolm Young – AC/DC
Malcolm Young Signature Series Guitars

Monday, March 11th, 2002

Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland. Malcolm is the sixth child of the Young Family. He was ten when his family moved from Scotland to settle in Sydney, Australia. Upon arriving in Australia, Malcolm wasted little time in earning a reputation as a schoolyard brawler. He left school as soon as he could and found gainful employment. He worked as a machine maintenance engineer for a bra company.

Malcolm picked up the guitar while he was still at school. He graduated quickly from acoustic to electric and picked up tips from his older brother George whenever the Easybeats returned from a tour. The salary from his work allowed Malcolm to buy more professional guitars. (more…)

Guitar Player Publications Issues
Dream Machines Buyers Guide

Sunday, March 3rd, 2002

The new, 2002 issue of Dream Machines, published by Guitar Player Magazine features the dreamy Gretsch re-issues of the ‘57 Eddie Cochran Western and ‘58 Stephen Stills White Falcon guitars! In fact, the gorgeous 6120W-57 even graces the sleek glossy cover! Be sure to pick up a copy of this fantastic resource just as soon as you can! (more…)

Drummer Gregg Stocki to Tour with
Billy Bob Thornton Band

Saturday, March 2nd, 2002

Story by UEC

Gretsch Drum great Gregg Stocki is hitting the road with the Billy Bob Thornton Band in support of the recent release “Private Radio”. The tour starts in Dublin and goes to London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan and Athens. The first week will be rehearsals in London, week 2 is promotional appearances for radio and T.V. and then the shows kick off around April 1st ending in Athens on April 17th. Then on May 16th, the band will appear on the Tonight Show, followed by concerts in Los Angeles on the 18th, San Francisco the 19th, Austin the 22nd, New Orleans ??? In June BBT will tour with Elvis Costello for shows in Denver the 11th, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Columbus. Check local venues for final dates and times.

Gregg has been a Gretsch artist for many years and also plays as one of the Rock & Roll Cowboys with the Marty Stuart Band. (more…)

U2 Wins 4 GRAMMY Awards!
Bono and his Gretsch “Irish Falcon”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

Story by UEC

Bono Bono, with his Gretsch “Irish Falcon” in hand, hit the stage with U2 for an exciting night at the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards! U2 picked up Record of the Year for “Walk On”, Best Rock Album for “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”, Best Song by a Pop Duo or Group for “Stuck in a Moment That You Can’t Get Out Of” and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Elevation”.

Alicia Keys pipped U2 for total number of awards taking five including Best Song for “Fallin”, as well as Best New Artist and three R&B awards. One of the biggest surprises of the night was the Best Album award going to the film soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou ? (more…)

New “Elliot Easton” Synchromatic Jet
Cool Performance at a Great Price!

Friday, February 8th, 2002

Elliot Easton Jet Model Synchromatic Makes Debut

Model G1570

Elliot Easton Following the successful addition of the popular Elliot Easton model Gretsch Professional guitar to the Gretsch lineup in 1999, the Gretsch Guitar Company proudly adds the new Elliot Easton Jet Synchromatic Electric guitar, G1570, to their ever-expanding lineup of great-looking Synchromatic Electrics. Gretsch’s stylish Synchromatic Electric guitars deliver what today’s guitar players want-cool performance at an outstanding value. (more…)

New Gretsch Double-Neck
Six-String Bass/Guitar

Thursday, February 7th, 2002

New Gretsch Double-Neck Six-String Bass/Guitar

Model G1566

G1566 Doubleneck Understanding that sometimes playing just a guitar or just a bass won’t do, the Gretsch Guitar Company now offers the new Double Neck Six-String Bass/Guitar, Synchromatic Electric model G1566. Gretsch’s line of newly re-introduced Synchromatic Electric guitars offer easy-playing, good-looking, and great-sounding guitars at an outstanding value. Gretsch Synchromatic guitars of the 1950s laid the stepping stones for the next generation of successful Gretsch electrics that players own and enjoy today. (more…)

A Gretsch Item For The History Books
Their First Bass Guitar With Bigsby Vibrato

Wednesday, February 6th, 2002

Gretsch Adds An Item For The History Books With Their First Bass Guitar With Bigsby Vibrato

Model G1255

G1255 The Gretsch Guitar Company has proudly added the new Baritone/Bass guitar, model G1255, to their line of great-looking Synchromatic Electric guitars. For the first time in Gretsch history, a Bigsby vibrato will be featured on a bass guitar, giving the bass player the use of a fully functional vibrato.

The Synchromatic line of guitars has steadily grown since its reintroduction a few short years ago. In 1939, Gretsch revolutionized the guitar world by introducing the legendary Synchromatic line of guitars which had breathtaking looks and innovative constructions principles. (more…)

Welcome To The Gretsch Booth!
Winter NAMM 2002 – Anaheim, CA

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002

Story by UEC


Gretsch at Namm Welcome to the Gretsch Booth at Winter NAMM 2002! It was another ground breaking show, bringing in the new year with lots of new gear. There was plenty to see as Gretsch unveiled several new products at the opening of the show including the re-release of the 75th Anniversary GRETSCH-AMERICAN Drum Series! The news went live online, right here on the Gretsch HEADLINE NEWS as the NAMM Show opened Thursday morning the 17th!

For the drum enthusiast, there certainly was plenty to check out! The hall was full of Gretsch Drum kits everywhere including the incredible 75th Anniversary GRETSCH-AMERICAN Drum Series, three unique designs, developed by the Gretsch Drum Factory team of Gene Haugh, Paul Cooper, Lena Thomas, and President, Fred Gretsch, with input from drum endorsers, Harvey Mason and Vinnie Colaiuta. The Gretsch Renown Maple Series, was nominated for Best New Acoustic Drum Set in the 2001 Music and Sound Retailer Awards! The booth maintained a continuous flow of drum artists “extraordinaire” including; Denny Seiwell, Harvey Mason, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bruce Gary, Alvino Bennett, Stan Frazier, Paul Goldberg, Steve Ferrone, and Bobby Tait to name a few. Gretsch drums were played and autographs handed out!

For guitar players, there were several new pieces on hand as well as fine examples of the current Gretsch line-up. New at this show, the 6119-62HT Tennessee Rose was being closely eyed by Gretsch fanatics for accuracy to detail. This guitar is a faithful re-creation of the early sixties Electrotone hollow-body guitar with a single cutaway body and vintage style HiLo’Tron pickups. And it looked like no one could put down the new 6120N Nashville that was played non-stop throughout the show. It was hard to miss this striking instrument staring you in the face as you entered the guitar room with it’s beautiful, arched top body finished in that piercing, classic “Gretsch” orange.