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Few guitarists are so cemented in the history of popular music that their name has become synonymous with a beat. But Bo Diddley was much more than just a guitarist.
An outrageous performer, Diddley was a Gretsch man with a penchant for some really out-there guitars, most notably the Twang Machine, his rectangular six-string fashioned in 1958.
In 2005, Gretsch announced the automobile-inspired 'Billy Bo' Jupiter Thunderbird, based on the guitar designed by Bo Diddley in 1959 which was later given to ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. These days, you can even find fellow Gretsch lover Jack White rocking one.