This is the douchiest, namedroppiest thing I’ve ever posted here but this one time I was hanging out with Duff McKagan outside the Fender booth at NAMM (an awesome publicist introduced us to each other to do an interview while we were both in town) and Duff introduced me to Tom Petersson, who proceeded to hilariously mock my Australian accent for a solid five minutes or so. I liked him before that but now I love that guy. Okay, namedrop over, here are Tom’s new Gretsch basses.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 21, 2016) Gretsch will officially unveil two new Tom Petersson signature bass models during the Summer NAMM show this week in Nashville, Tenn.
The members of Cheap Trick have reigned as the high priests of hard-rocking U.S. power pop for more than 40 years, with an influential and infectiously ever-youthful sound. The band has recorded countless hits, performed over 5,000 shows and recently released their seventeenth studio album. On April 8, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, solidifying their legendary status and entering a new realm amongst their inspirational peers.
On the heels of this pinnacle moment, Gretsch is proud to honor the Cheap Trick co-founder and bassist with the USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon Bass and G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass.
Both models will be available in early 2017.
USA Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature 12-String Falcon Bass.
Petersson pioneered the creation of the 12-String bass and has become synonymous with the unique instrument that heavily impacted the bands dynamic sound, especially enhancing their live shows. The Cheap Trick bassist has been playing his custom 12-String prototype live during the development process, and it has already garnered great admiration and attention.
Everywhere I go now with my Gretsch bass, people are in shock, said Petersson. Thats really why Gretsch has always stood out so much because they are like the Cadillac or Rolls Royce of guitars. They are the flashiest, coolest looking You show up with that and people are like Oh my god! I dont even care how that thing sounds, thats the coolest looking instrument Ive ever seen. But then you plug it in and its like, Oh my, whoa, what is going on here? So its the best of every world. I couldnt think of a company Id rather work with than Gretsch.
Stunning in style and utterly seismic in tone, it puts Peterssons distinctive stamp on the classic White Falcon Bass design. This first and only Gretsch 12-string bass model is surely the most powerful Falcon ever. Premium features include a laminated maple body, a 12-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and mother-of pearl inlays that sits atop a C shaped maple gloss-finished neck, a shorter scale length (30.3″) for comfort and fatter, sweeter tone, dual custom Seymour Duncan® SuperTron pickups, a specially designed 12-string Space Control bridge and Gretsch Cadillac tailpiece, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.
Available in Vintage White.
G6136B-TP-AWT Tom Petersson Signature 4-String Bass
Additionally, Gretsch will offer a traditional 4-string model. The G6136B-TP-AWT features a laminated maple body, 12-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and mother-of pearl inlays, short scale length (30.3), Adjusto-Matic bridge and Gretsch Cadillac tailpiece, gloss-finish maple neck with U profile, gold hardware and pickguard, and more.
Per Peterssons specifications, the typical bridge pickup has been replaced instead with a middle pickup (Seymour Duncan® SuperTron) that pairs with the all-new RumbleTron in the neck pickup for an extra bold statement.
You can get this big, thick sound if you just want that neck pickup sound but if you want more clarity, youve got that one in the middle its in the perfect position and then the combination of the two is just great, noted Petersson. “Thats different than most.
Available in Aged White.
Petersson will make a special guest appearance at the 2016 Summer NAMM Gretsch booth for a one-hour autograph session at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 23.
Gretsch also introduces two beautiful new limited edition models to the lineup.
G6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Center Block Jr. with Bigsby®
With style and feel as pure as its Vintage White finish, the G6112TCB-WF Limited Edition Falcon Center Block Jr. with Bigsby® combines vintage Falcon power with modern Gretsch sound and playability. Its smaller 14 center block body design is only 1.75 deep and enables snarling high-gain power while offering remarkable ergonomic comfort and control. Dual TV Jones® TV Classic pickups deliver pure Gretsch power, with Squeezebox paper-in-oil capacitors under the hood for even smoother vintage tone. It also includes a no-load tone control for smoother tonal taper while unleashing full-throttle FilterTron power, the classic Falcon vertical winged headstock logo, and a String-Thru Bigsby® tailpiece.
Available August 2016.
6120T-59CAR Limited Edition Nashville® with Bigsby®
Stunning in look and sound, the 6120T-59CAR Limited Edition Nashville® with Bigsby® takes a classic 1959 Gretsch design and mods it in supremely cool style. The gorgeous Candy Apple Red finish is complemented by a matching headstock and aged binding. Dual TV Jones® TV Classic pickups deliver pure Gretsch power, with red inserts that match the body finish and “Squeezebox paper-in-oil capacitors under the hood for even smoother vintage tone. The G6120T-59CAR also includes a rosewood fingerboard (with aged inlays) and pinned bridge for warmer, silkier tone, and a String-Thru Bigsby® tailpiece.
Available August 2016.
For more information, visit www.gretschguitars.com