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"I also got a Gretsch Bo Diddley factory model, and painted it white so that Alicia Keys and I could be like Bo Diddley and the Duchess— his female stage partner. We would both use those guitars on tour to support the James Bond theme. But when I got hurt and I couldn’t do the dates, Alison [Mosshart] ended up taking on that idea. She plays the rectangular Bo Diddley model, and I play the Jupiter Thunderbird—which is also called the “Billy Bo” because Billy Gibbons brought that idea back to Gretsch."more
"This is the new Billy Bo Pros. You can’t really tell but about half of it's smaller all the way around. It'll fit in a regular Stratocaster or Telecaster case instead of the really big normal case. These are, once again, John Bolin-made with a flipflop finish and inspired artwork. This one is made to the stop-tell piece - the first one we've had like that just because of the graphics. Other than that, it's all new old start Gretch parts with a new TV Jones pickup. It's the same thing with the spare guitar: Billy Bo Pro, John Bolin made, Gretsch specs - different colors. It also has a pin strike that we don't use. It's just there to be sure it will be in tune. The era of the Bigsbys are over for us I think. We've been using Bigsbys for four or five years I think. I'm glad they're gone. They keep in tune because we use the gauge seven strings, and he doesn't change guitars all night. We have a tuner in the back so that if we did go out of tune we could tune it. We don't change guitars nightly; we change guitars a couple rounds a year. We change everything - except the fur. We'll get different things, different arrangements, different colors. Sometimes they'll be left-handed. There's always something new, so they just change them all because if we just want a new one then we need a spare and we need the encore. It's a process but we do it a couple times per year at least. When we swap them out they're all new. Billy is really consistent in what he wants. As long as the guitars are really light, we get them chambered - he's been into lately getting the neck chambered as well as the body - because he uses really light strings, 7-38s, so he's go this really light touch. He only uses the eights on the ones with open tuning - that's the heavy strings. He's up there and he's barely touching it. The settings are all heavy metal settings: bass all the way up, gain all the way up, no treble, all mids. I mean it's all muffled, but when he plays it he just barely hits the strings and that works for him. I have a hard time playing in tune because if I put the guitar on it's down to here, and it's got sevens on it so I have to bend over to hit a D chord for it just to be in tune," Billy Gibbons's guitar tech says in a different rig rundown that, says Billy Gibbons's guitar tech about the Gretsch Billy-Bo Electric Guitar.more
Rick Nielsen talks about his Billy-Bo in this Rid Rundown from Premier Guitar. At 8:16, he says, “It sounds good. I use this when we do a song called “I Know What I Want.” It has got a good Malcolm Young kind of...” At 8:30, Rick Nielsen’s guitar tech, Rocky Robert, adds, “It’s a very nice guitar. Low floating bridge. It’s very light. It feels like it’s got some hollowness to it or it’s a light wood.”more