, , Way back in the '50s when rock and roll first started with Elvis and Carl Perkins the guitar of choice for the new rockers was Gretsch. Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley and of course Chet Atkins were just a few of the guitarists of note playing Gretsch. Then came the British invasion and we saw George Harrison on the Ed Sullivan show playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman. The folk rock movement gave us Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Still, Neil Young and Richie Furay all playing Gretsch guitars, the Byrds with David Crosby and his Gretsch and later Crosby, Stills and Nash with Stephen Stills playing a big White Falcon. Gretsch has certainly been the main stay guitar of rockabilly players most notably Brian Setzer. What you may not know is that may harder rock bands use Gretsch. Even Pete Townsend of the Who recorded the entire Who's Next album using a Gretsch and when you listen to AC/DC the entire rhythm sound (the big chord stuff) is Malcom Young playing his Gretsch.
We identify Gretsch with the early rock classic sounds from the '50s, 60's and 70's but today Gretsch is used, owned and endorsed by many contempory guitar players like Jack White, Bono of U2, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, David Gilmore, Tom Petty, Richard Fortus of Guns and Roses and numerous alternative and rock guitarists wanting the "great Gretsch sound."
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