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Backbeat Books 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics review

  • £14.95
A coffee-table must-have.

Our Verdict

This is a brilliant read. There´s plenty of great pictures, it's packed with iinteresting archive material and it´s bang-up-to-date, too.


  • Well written. Lots of lovely pictures. Good reference material.


  • You’ll fall in love with Gretsch guitars. You have been warned!
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A coffee-table must-have.

A coffee-table must-have.
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The photography is fantastic throughout.

The photography is fantastic throughout.

If the words White Falcon, Duo Jet, Corvette and Hot Rod are enough to get you all hot under the collar, then you´re gonna love Tony Bacon´s new book. Stuffed with pictures of some of the coolest guitars ever made, plus a load of useful reference material, this is an essential purchase for all you fans of Gretsch guitars.

There´s a real focus on the artists who played the guitars over the past 50 years: Chet Atkins, Bo Diddley, Steve Marriott of the Small Faces, The Cult´s Billy Duffy and the greatest Gretsch maniac of them all, Stray Cats´ Brian Setzer, are all featured here alongside many others.

But the real stars are the guitars. Gretsch has produced some real works of six-string art since their earliest days. If you don´t fall in love with at least one of their beautiful models, well, you´re dead already.

50 Years of Gretsch Electrics is a right riveting read. There´s plenty of eye-candy, interesting archive material and we love the rock history accompanying the descriptions of each model. It´s bang-up-to-date, too, with information on the current Gretsch guitar range. While not quite as exhaustive as Jay Scott´s The Guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company, Tony Scott has produced a colourful, easy-to-read book that will appeal to Gretsch acionados and novices alike. File under quality guitar porn.