That Pedal Show

What About Gretsch Guitars?

September 6, 2019

This is the audio from our video here: https://youtu.be/D9Qpna-bk9Q

In this episode we consider a slice of rock’n’roll history that deserves a little more attention from most of us. Dan and I are fans of Gretsch as much for the stunning, evocative aesthetics as the unique, genre-defining tones. Gretsch guitars were, are and always will be entirely their own thing.
Now, neither of us are connoisseurs by any means and, let’s be honest, our historical knowledge on the brand is shaky at best. Nevertheless with great thanks to our friend Adam Bowden-Smith at Gretsch who loaned us three of these lovely specimens, we take a gentle stroll through a handful of key Gretsch tonal touchpoints, with some more familiar (to us) classics on hand for context.
It’s far from a history lesson and for sure there are countless other great Gretsches still to discover… but let’s just dive in and see what happens. As always, the questions thrown up here will make a great follow-up show in due course. It’s the TPS way after all.
Please do check the Gretsch website to double check some of our doubtless shonky info. To whit…

At around 22 mins wish, I say Chet Atkins signed The Everly Brothers. He didn’t, sorry. They weren’t on RCA Victor. He did however help them get their deal at Warner Brothers. So I was a little tiny bit sorta kinda right. He was a mentor to them. He did sign Dolly though. Woah.

Pedals in this episode…

TheGigRig Three2One
https://www.thegigrig.com/three2one

TC Electronic Polytune3 Mini
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/30GVcUn
Australia: http://bit.ly/348bMOY

Hudson Broadcast Dual
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2fkpnOX
Australia: http://bit.ly/2lEeMAU

Wampler Tumnus
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2gclnLh
Australia: http://bit.ly/2jWWsPO

Jam Pedals Ripple Phaser
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2TzSAEY

Jam Pedals Waterfall Chorus
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2MifNem

Catalinbread Adineko Delay
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2k1O0lE
Australia: http://bit.ly/2kkhOu8

Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe: http://bit.ly/2oTblU1
Australia: http://bit.ly/2pUDUAE

The GigRig G2
https://www.thegigrig.com/g2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
Intro playing: 0:00
What are we doing today? 1:27
Pickups? 3:20
Today’s amps, and a tape echo: 4:20 (4:50)
Dan’s 6118T Anniversary: 4:30
Gretsch in rock music:
Can we do Pete Townshend? 8:11
Duane Eddy Signature 6120 and DynaSonics: 9:50 (10:30)
DynaSonic & Filter’Tron comparison: 11:50
Jazzmaster? 13:40
Gibson ES-335? 14:22
6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody and Duane Eddy compared: 15:30
A DC resistance point of note: 17:40
Chet Atkins was a solid dude: 21:00
Oh no. Mick picks. Or at least tries to: 24:14
58 for the humbucker?! It was 1957 you doofus! (Sorry, Mick here). 26:07
The Jet guitar and the ‘solid’body revolution: 28:55
BT Jet and Broad’Tron BT65 pickups: 30:00
BT Jet & Les Paul compared: 31:10
…and with gain… 32:30
Gold Foils? 35:49
Dan’s Tele? 38:13
Blacktop Filter’Trons and Mick’s G5422TG: 38:07
Arggghhh, enough talking: let’s just have a play: 41:30

Amps in this episode
Amps: Matchless HC-30 & HK 212 cab with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
Victory V140 The Super Duchess & V212VC cabinet / Celestion G12H Creamback speakers

Guitars in this episode
Gretsch Electromatic G5422 TG – Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2p9U1MU
Gretsch 6118T Anniversary Players Edition– Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2eKxfE5
Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature: http://bit.ly/2lBx2Ll
Gretsch G6120T Limited Edition ’59 Nashville: http://bit.ly/2lAEczs
Gretsch G6228 Player’s Edition Jet BT w/V Stoptail: http://bit.ly/2lyCFdm
Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dlZJ6K
Fender Classic Series ’60s Jazzmaster Lacquer – our video at http://bit.ly/2k1OKXY
Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 – Mick’s video at http://bit.ly/2kwe7Bn
Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – Dan’s video at http://bit.ly/2dbwbvS
Collings 360LT: http://bit.ly/2kwlp8d

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