April 24th, 2002
As lead guitarist for 18 years with The Cars. Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones and an uncanny ear for creating “hooks” on pop records.
He is also an enthusiastic fan of the guitar itself, and for many years has been a presence in vintage guitar circles, Texas vintage shows, NAMM etc.
In recent years Elliot has recorded and performed with many respected artists and is currently working with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revisted.
Gretsch Headline News caught up with Elliot on his recent CCR tour for this exclusive interview. Read the rest of this entry »
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
Spectra Sonic C Melody
Spectra Sonic Bass
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
February 8th, 2002
Elliot Easton Jet Model Synchromatic Makes Debut
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 »