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!” Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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! Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2001
Backbeat Books and Music Player Network Present:
“THE BEATLES GEAR GIVEAWAY”
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. Read the rest of this entry »
September 16th, 2001
Mixing tradition dating back to the 1930s with new millennium tastes, Gretsch introduces a new line of 16-inch Jumbo Ranchers in multiple eye-catching translucent colors. This solid Spruce top guitar with Maple back and sides features a bound French-style triangular soundhole, and neoclassic (half moon) inlay fret markers. This incredibly comfortable guitar is the perfect size for playing on stage, or strumming alone.
Masterfully stained, these guitars are finished with a clear coat that is polished to a perfect mirror gloss providing an intense and dazzling color display while enabling the beautiful grain and figure of the various woods to show through. Color choices currently available are: Natural, Purple, Regal Blue, Candy Apple Red, Tangerine, Anniversary Two-Tone Green, Gretsch Orange and Tobacco Sunburst. This guitar is then elegantly framed by flawless multiple bindings. Read the rest of this entry »
September 12th, 2001
Story by UEC
Tom Jones – TVJones Gretsch Guitars is proud to present Tom Jones, of TV Jones Guitars, in several small, informative clinics in the Southern California area. The clinics will cover basic guitar setup, operation, customizing and how to get the most out of your Gretsch guitar!
Some of the topics that Tom will discuss include how the basic Gretsch components work, such as their unique switches and controls. Tom will discuss the wide variety of pickups available and how they differ. He will talk about how to adjust your pickups and fine tune them for optimum performance. He will also cover bridge adjustments, saddle alignment, intonation as well as what happens when you change string gauges and how to make truss rod adjustments to compensate. To demonstrate some of these tips and techniques, Tom will perform an actual setup on a stock Gretsch guitar. Read the rest of this entry »
September 5th, 2001
Story by UEC
SpectraSonics The newest addition to the Gretsch Guitar Company’s professional guitar series is the Gretsch Spectra Sonic line designed by Tom Jones of TV Jones Guitars. On display at the 2001 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, these guitars attracted a lot enthusiastic interest from Gretsch booth visitors.
These stylish guitars including the Spectra Sonic Lead, C Melody, and Bass, were originally hand made to order and custom built by Tom Jones. Rich Modica, long-time guitar technician for Brian Setzer, collaborated with Tom to determine how these quality instruments could be put into quantity production and still maintain the unique qualities that make them so special. It was crucial that the instruments continue to be supremely playable, resonate with innovative tones, and be aesthetically engaging. Keeping these requirements in mind, it was the only obvious choice to have the Gretsch Guitar Company, the originator of the Rockabilly guitar, produce this handsome trio. Read the rest of this entry »
September 4th, 2001
The Vinnie Colaiuta world clinic tour has been postponed until next year. The recent tragic events that have occurred in the USA have led us to a very serious and difficult reassessment of whether to continue with the Vinnie Colaiuta world clinic tour. Considering all the factors involved and after consultations with Vinnie himself, we have made the decision to postpone the tour until next year.
We believe that the safety of all those involved in the execution of the tour should be of singular importance. We do not wish to force Vinnie’s participation in the tour nor that of any of the staff that would be accompanying him while such concerns over safety exist. Unfortunately there is no telling when such safety might once more be firmly assured. For these reasons, we believe that caution and good sense requires us to postpone the tour until next year.