A unique take on Billy's signature guitar.
From the beer halls of Brixton to arena stages around the world, Billy Duffy’s constant companion has been his White Falcon. During his storied career with The Cult, it’s been heard on every recording,...
"January 2013 was very special to me as it saw the launch of my first ever signature guitar. The release of the Gretsch Billy Duffy Falcon (link) was something I could have only dreamed of as a young lad in London in 1981 when I bought my first White Falcon. Over the many years starting with Theatre of Hate and then more importantly with The Cult I suppose I made this ‘big white beast’ my own to the point where the guys at Gretsch asked to create my signature version. Back in 1984 and just starting out as a musician I was unable to afford a second Falcon so I picked up a Gretsch Country Club with a similar feel. I didn’t like it’s natural wood finish as it looked like a piece of Danish furniture (really!) plus there was a lot of them kicking around in the ’70s and ’80s. So, I decided to create an ‘evil twin’ for my White guitar by getting it painted black! At the time Gretsch didn’t have a Black Falcon available so I felt like I’d created a brand new model! You can read the full story of this guitar on my Gear pages here… Gretsch Country Club Ironically Gretsch did finally launch a Black Falcon in 1992 and I remember seeing pictures of one of my all time guitar heroes, Sylvain Sylvain (of the New York Dolls), playing one. Whilst it is a great looking guitar I didn’t feel the gold finish was me so never picked one up. Fast forward to earlier this year, and following the success of my signature Falcon, I started talking to Gretcsh about the possibility of creating my Black Falcon vision as a Limited Edition model. They loved the idea so here it is… Billy Duffy G7593T Black Falcon As you can see it’s the same spec as my Signature White Falcon with all the same hardware but with a beautiful black gloss finish. Like my White one it plays like a dream ‘straight out the box’ and I’ve been using it extensively during the recent run of shows with The Cult. Expect to see plenty more of this black beauty when we take our new album ‘Hidden City’ out on the road worldwide in 2016. And if you want to grab one of these for yourself you’d better hook up with your local Gretsch Dealer quick as they’re likely to sell out fast."more
A unique take on Billy's signature guitar.
From the beer halls of Brixton to arena stages around the world, Billy Duffy’s constant companion has been his White Falcon. During his storied career with The Cult, it’s been heard on every recording, powering his mammoth rock sound. The Billy Duffy Black Falcon is a unique take on his signature guitar—a stealthy Limited Edition black finish adorns this rock ‘n’ roll staple that stands out from the flock.
Besides the obvious—the midnight black finish—this guitar also features Silver Sparkle binding, a Bigsby tailpiece with wire handle and chrome hardware creating a sleek look that stands out from the norm. The custom wound high-output “Black Top” Filter’Tron humbucking pickups easily overdrive an amplifier, generating fiery tones with rich lows and vibrant high end. The three-ply maple body with arched top and back conceals two spruce parallel tone bars and sound post for lively, resonant tone that’s unmistakably authentic Gretsch. The three piece maple/walnut/maple neck bears a smooth playing ebony fingerboard with wide-block pearloid inlays and unhindered upper fret access, thanks to the single-cutaway body. A chrome-plated truss cover with Duffy’s signature, aluminum “G-arrow” control knobs and V-shaped Falcon headstock complete the plumage of this six stringed raptor. Inspired by Duffy’s favored Baldwin era Falcon and designed for heavy duty rock ‘n’ roll, the G7593T-BD-BK Billy Duffy Black Falcon delivers a seriously bold aesthetic statement, backed up by its loud and proud sound. Includes a premium gray speckled “Billy Duffy” case.
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