Gretsch Guitars announces Tim Armstrong model giveaway

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-12-10)

Gretsch Guitars announces Tim Armstrong model giveaway

To celebrate the launch of its new website, Gretsch Guitars is giving away an autographed signature model Tim Armstrong Electromatic® Hollowbody guitar, designed with the help of the Rancid guitarist and vocalist. Entries are due by Dec. 15, 2010. The Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody features "Black Top" Filter'Tron™ pickups, harp tailpiece, flat black urethane finish, gold-plated hardware, "big block" fretboard inlays, Grover® tuners, and sound post and parallel tone bars mounted beneath the top of the 17"-wide body.Loud and ferocious, the Gretsch® G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic® Hollow Body bears the personal stamp of Rancid founder and punk godfather Armstrong.

Huge tone resonates from deep within its bound single-cutaway hollow body, which features parallel tone bar bracing with sound post and bound f holes. The one-piece maple neck has a white graphite nut and bound rosewood fingerboard with acrylic block inlays. Other features include dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups with gold-plated bezels, three-position pickup switch, gold-plated hardware, bound headstock with pearloid Gretsch inlay and Armstrong’s signature on the truss rod cover, Grover® tuners, Adjusto-Matic™ bridge, harp tailpiece and ominous flat black finish.

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About Tim Armstrong
Tim was born in Oakland, November 25 in 1966. As a young kid, Tim met his future mate and one of his best friends, Matt Freeman (current bass player for Rancid) playing Little League Baseball in California at age 6. Tim and Matt grew up together in Albany, California and as a young punk in high school, Tim's favorite band was the Ramones. Tim quotes in Maximum Rancid - The Unauthorized Biography Of Rancid, that if it wasn't for the Ramones, Rancid would have never become a band. He was in the punk/ska band Operation Ivy from their beginning in 1987 under the nickname "Lint".

Operation Ivy continued until its demise in 1989. He then founded two relatively unsuccessful bands called the Dance Hall Crashers and Downfall but later went on to greater fame with the very successful Rancid, founded in 1991. For a long time, Tim was very active in the Berkeley scene that grew up around 924 Gilman Street. He showcased his other artistic talents and created artwork for the INSAINTS logo. Tim married Brody Dalle of The Distillers in 1997. They divorced in 2003.

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