Gretsch White Falcon
Introduced in 1955 the White Falcon, which Gretsch christened ‘the Cadillac of guitars’, remains one of the most visually distinctive and decadent guitars ever made – notably, an array of dazzling gold hardware upon a grandiose, pure-white 17 inch body, with pearl inlays, golden sparkle binding and a Falcon etched into the scratch plate.
Artists Chet Atkins, Cliff Gallup, Elvis Presley and Duane Eddy popularised the Gretsch brand. The luxuriant visual language of the White Falcon became highly synonymous with Rockabilly music.
Notable users include Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats and Billy Duffy of The Cult. Neil Young and Stephen Stills also played Falcon guitars and Bono of U2 designed a green, limited edition Irish Falcon.
Over time The Falcon featured a vast range of different hardware such as DynoSonic single coils, FilterTron humbuckers, trapezoid tailpieces, Bigsby “dog leg” vibrato and the Space Control bridge.
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