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Gretsch Rancher Falcon

 G6139CB Falcon™ Center-Block Single Cutaway
G6139CB Falcon™ Center-Block Single Cutaway
cost 3.169€ at Thomann

I’ve always been a huge fan of White Falcons but never really felt I could afford one. They are so over the top Las Vegas bling but still works so well on scruffy looking musicians like Neil Young, see below. I’m not overly keen on newly made acoustic guitars, I believe that everything sounds better after 20 years, but after seeing this I have to admit I have second thoughts. Gretsch has just launched a White Falcon acoustic, and not only does it look awesome, it’s cheap too. Compared to a White Falcon that cost around 3200€ it feels pretty cheap with 550€ for the new Rancher Falcon in white. It’s almost as exciting as when Fender released the Fender Japan TN72G-FT.

 Neil Young, San Diego, CA, 1969 © Henry Diltz, 1969
Neil Young, San Diego, CA, 1969 © Henry Diltz

 G5022CWFE Rancher™ Falcon
G5022CWFE Rancher™ Falcon
cost 548€ at Thomann

Jack White’s impromptu two-song acoustic set 2011
Jack White is doing a surprise gig at the South by Southwest festival Austin Texas in 2011 with a custom made Gretsch White Falcon acoustic. When I saw this picture I really felt that I wanted one too. I have an all black Morris WL-35, really Johnny Cash, but imagine to have an all white Gretsch guitar with extra gold. Hmm, gold, I love gold.

Fender Japan TN72G-FT/MH SWH

FENDER JAPAN TN72G-FT/MH SWH

We went and saw Crosby, Still & Nash when they played here last Monday. They were like I had expected, old. Crosby and Nash did pretty well but Stills has lost the plot completely, but I think he did that 40 years ago with his cocaine fueled hubris. He can’t sing any more, which could happen to the best of us, so he decided to just play endless guitar solos instead. I’m not sure if he is in to free-jazz but the solos sounded horrible and they seemed to never end.

Crosby, Stills & Nash Setlist at Jardins del Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain 2013-07-08
They looked a bit like this

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151824462428714&l=994714882144620479
And they sounded a bit like this, without Stills of course. Please excuse the shaky hand of the camera man, he was trying to drink bourbon out of a hip-flask at the same time.

It was nice to see a couple Gretsch White Falcons on stage though, which reminded me of a pretty awesome new Japanese Telecaster I saw a few months back. The Fender Japan TN72G-FT/MH SWH, a Telecaster version of a White Falcon. I guess it could be a bit much for a lot of people with all the gold but I love it. However, I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay ¥230,000 for it, it’s about $2,270. They seem to be pretty hard to find in Europe but here is an eBay seller that sells them for 1740€ plus shipping and import taxes. I guess I have to wait a few years until they appear second hand for hopefully a bit less.

Fender Japan '72 Rissue Telecaster TN72G-FT MH

Fender Japan TN72G-FT/MH SWH

FENDER JAPAN TN72G-FT/MH SWH

We went and saw Crosby, Still & Nash when they played here last Monday. They were like I had expected, old. Crosby and Nash did pretty well but Stills has lost the plot completely, but I think he did that 40 years ago with his cocaine fueled hubris. He can’t sing any more, which could happen to the best of us, so he decided to just play endless guitar solos instead. I’m not sure if he is in to free-jazz but the solos sounded horrible and they seemed to never end.

Crosby, Stills & Nash Setlist at Jardins del Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain 2013-07-08
They looked a bit like this

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151824462428714&l=994714882144620479
And they sounded a bit like this, without Stills of course. Please excuse the shaky hand of the camera man, he was trying to drink bourbon out of a hip-flask at the same time.

It was nice to see a couple Gretsch White Falcons on stage though, which reminded me of a pretty awesome new Japanese Telecaster I saw a few months back. The Fender Japan TN72G-FT/MH SWH, a Telecaster version of a White Falcon. I guess it could be a bit much for a lot of people with all the gold but I love it. However, I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay ¥230,000 for it, it’s about $2,270. They seem to be pretty hard to find in Europe but here is an eBay seller that sells them for 1740€ plus shipping and import taxes. I guess I have to wait a few years until they appear second hand for hopefully a bit less.

Fender Japan '72 Rissue Telecaster TN72G-FT MH