The Stylish Spectra Sonic Line
Designed by Tom “TV” Jones

March 15th, 2002

These stylish guitars were originally hand made by Tom “TV” Jones for guitarist extraordinaire, Brian Setzer. Tom collaborated with Rich Modica, Brian’s long time guitar technician, to create these supremely playable, innovative and aesthetically engaging guitars. Tom then worked with Gretsch to determine how these instruments could be put into production and still maintain the unique qualities that make them so special.

Now available are the beautiful Spectra Sonic guitars in a striking black finish with uniquely-shaped white pickguard, chrome hardware and custom-made TV Jones pickups.

Spectra Sonic Lead
model: G6143

Spectra Sonic C Melody
model: G6144

Spectra Sonic Bass
model: G6145

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation Honors Legendary Promoter Frank Barsalona

March 11th, 2002

On March 11th, 2002 in New York City, The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation honored the legendary Frank Barsalona with their 15th annual Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the music industry. Frank Barsalona is the renowned promoter and agent who, through hard work and perseverance, helped create rock-n-roll as we know it today. Working initially with historic bands such as The Who and Jimi Hendrix to some of the greatest acts today like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, Frank Barsalona has worked with just about everyone in the business.

The Award was presented to Frank during a private dinner and auction at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The award presenters included Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen as well as a video appearances by Pete Townshend and several others. Read the rest of this entry »

Malcolm Young – AC/DC
Malcolm Young Signature Series Guitars

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Guitar Player Publications Issues
Dream Machines Buyers Guide

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! Read the rest of this entry »

Drummer Gregg Stocki to Tour with
Billy Bob Thornton Band

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 ? Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

New Gretsch Double-Neck
Six-String Bass/Guitar

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. Read the rest of this entry »