Who's using a Gretsch for Blues?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by JT19, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Altamont

    Altamont Electromatic

    Mar 3, 2021
    Parma, Italy
    Not exactly blues, but if r'n'b could be related to your topic, i've recently found pics and videos of different Wilson Pickett's guitarists with Gretsches guitars (Chips Moman at Muscle Shoals, and Midnight Mover's guitarist in a live show for italian television).

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  2. lathoto

    lathoto Synchromatic

    Apr 23, 2020
    Blues is a genre. Gretsch makes guitars. I am an artist. Pass the Am pentatonic please.
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  3. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    My '67 Rally with Hi Lo Trons nails some dirty blues pretty good. Some very good J.L.Hooker tone, but she likes some Elmore James tone as well.
    Also my 6120 with Eddie Cochran P90 on neck position nailed them ok before I switched to Ray Butts.
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  4. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    That first picture is not Chips Moman-- That's Jimmy Johnson and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as "The Swampers").
    Left to right in the picture: Jimmy Johnson, Wilson Pickett, Spooner Oldham (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), and Junior Lowe on bass. The regular bassist, David Hood, is not in the photo.
    This picture was taken in 1968, before they left Rick Hall's FAME studios to start their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2021
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’d hesitate to call myself a guitar player in any genre, but blues is clearly where my heart is. If it’s worth anything I can do a comically poor impression of blues on any brand guitar. I heard that’s a thing on youtube lately?
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  6. Altamont

    Altamont Electromatic

    Mar 3, 2021
    Parma, Italy
    Thank you very much, very helpful! :)
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  7. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Thought I'd also share this video... it's one of several that influenced my decision to buy a G5420T instead of a Strat when I got back into playing electric blues recently.

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  8. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    I thought blues is in the heart and fingers!
    Gretsch makes lovely guitars!
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  9. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

    Jun 2, 2008
    Beaumont, CA
    Blues is all I play.

    My 5127 is my #1 stage guitar. My 6129TLS is on the list as well.

    Bo Diddley did too....

  10. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Well, I use my Gretsch for everything, though some might not call what I play the blues :rolleyes:
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  11. VRomanojr

    VRomanojr Electromatic

    Dec 4, 2012
    West Virginia
    There is no blues tone. There is no blues guitar. Elmore James used some acoustic guitar with a soundhole pickup. Did anyone tell him he was playing the wrong guitar? I would go to blues jams and all the guitar players had Strats and singing distorted amps. I'd purposely play a Tele clean just so there was a different sound coming from the stage. A cowboy hat and pearl button Rockmount shirts also threw a monkey wrench in the "what is blues" thing.
  12. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
  13. PrimitiveWood

    PrimitiveWood Electromatic

    Oct 16, 2014
    There's a bar near Pittsburgh that has a cigarbox guitar collection/museum.
    Many performers show up and play some awesome blues on cigarbox guitars.
    Did you ever see the Youtube video of the guy playing the shovel guitar?
    Like may have said in this thread--it ain't the hammer, arrow, axe, etc.
    It's the operator it's attitude.
    That said, I have a hard time getting flatwound strings on a hollowbody to NOT sound like Jazz--even playing Neil--could be me.
  14. Electrosynthesis

    Electrosynthesis Electromatic

    May 11, 2011
    São Paulo
  15. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Blues comes from the soul and I don't think it matters what guitar is in your hands when you play it.
  16. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    I've posted similar on another recent thread so apologies to those who have already seen this. At a gig the band and I played, the first set was commented on as being "Bluesy". We were playing Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly standards for the most part. I don't try to emulate note for note the original solos (partly through lack of talent) but try to keep them in the spirit and work from there.

    My guitar was a Gretsch 5622 with the SHT pickups. For feedback, I took that as a compliment as I love Blues. As the post above says, "Blues comes from the soul and I don't think it matters what guitar is in your hands when you play it."
  17. juks

    juks Gretschie

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Bo Diddley
  18. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    Feb 8, 2012
    The real question is, Why are you not using a Gretsch for everything?
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  19. juks

    juks Gretschie

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    And of course, then there is this: :)

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