Saturday, June 18, Was Gretsch Day in Brooklyn
Saturday, June 18 (Paul McCartney's birthday), was Gretsch Day at StreetSounds NYC, a guitar shop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. It's considered the largest authorized Gretsch guitar dealer in the United States.
Gretsch Days at StreetSounds are always perceived as homecomings for Gretsch, since the original Gretsch factory was based in Brooklyn, a few miles away from the store.
In attendance were Fred W. Gretsch, the great-grandson of the company's founder; Joe Carducci, Gretsch's marketing honcho; and Kim Falcon, the Gretsch poster (and calendar) girl.
There were guitar giveaways, free food (one of my six favorite things in the universe), a tour of the old Gretsch factory and a solo performance by Gretsch-endorsed guitarist Paul Pigat from the Vancouver-based rockabilly band Cousin Harley. This guy is freakin' good. If you're not familiar with his playing, check out the video below.
I went to the event with my Gretsch-loving crew, because we like being surrounded by guitars whenever possible. We've all bought instruments at StreetSounds in the recent past; me: a Gretsch Silver Jet 6129T and a limited-edition Jimmy C Custom Pin-Stripe Electromatic G5120; my bro: an Electrotone G6073 bass; my other friend: a really nice 6120DC.
Check out the photo gallery below (Sorry about the really un-awesome iPhone pix!).
Here's Paul Pigat with Cousin Harley at Winter NAMM 2010:
Surf/rockabilly/blues/rock guitarist Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World. He's in two bands that have performed around the country and in England, Mister Neutron and The Blue Meanies. He's a former member of the Brooklyn-based Gas House Gorillas, he's played on sessions and soundtracks in NYC and LA, and he's tired of eating apples. Seriously, how many apples are we expected to eat?
Paul Pigat's Nocturne Brain Seltzer pedal.
Paul Pigat of the Vancouver-based band Cousin Harley.
A wall full of Gretsch guitars, including a rarely seen G400JV Jimmie Vaughan Synchromatic model, center-ish.
A row of Gretsch Executive amps.
Fred W. Gretsch loves Guitar World!
Everyone was a VIP!
Fred W. Gretsch autographed some photos ...
A G5191 Tim Armstrong Signature Electromatic.
A G6120RHH Reverend Horton Heat model.
It was a packed house at StreetSounds NYC.
A double-cutaway White Falcon.
StreetSounds NYC, 9206 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY
This photo is actually from another Gretsch-sponsored event: Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, Kentucky, which took place this past Memorial Day weekend. This same George Harrison/Duo Jet display was also at StreetSounds NYC on June 18.