"A spectacular model in real he-man outdoor Western finish with powerful appeal for Hill-billy and Cowboy bands." This is how Gretsch first introduced the Rancher Jumbo — offspring of the 1940s Synchromatic models — in its 1955 catalog.
The triangular (or "French") sound hole has been seen on most Gretsch flat-top guitars from wartime to the present day. Along with the catseye sound holes on '40s and early-'50s archtops, it gave Gretsch an aesthetic that set it apart from Gibson, Epiphone, and other builders. Click to read more
Roland Micro Cube
Every once in a while you have to pinch yourself and thank your lucky stars to be a guitarist in the 21st century. The Roland Micro Cube is a good illustration of this phenomenon; a dinky, portable amp that runs on AA batteries, it weighs just over seven pounds and measures less than 10" x 10" x 7". But why such jubilation? Let's find out. Click to read more
Joe Bonamassa's latest record, Driving Towards The Daylight, is a return to the blues. After two successful studio albums with the heavy-rock band Black Country Communion, Bonamassa's latest solo effort explores some of his early influences. While covering Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, and Willie Dixon, he got help from heavyweight guitarists including Brad Whitford, Pat Thrall, and Blondie Chaplan. But Bonamassa couldn't have recorded this album without the help of producer and label partner Kevin Shirley. Their unique relationship has produced a great body of work as well as some awesome guitar tones. Click to read more
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