"These work perfectly for me especially in the Guns N’ Roses scenario where I’m using sort of a low gain amp with more of a higher gain amp and Slash is playing Les Pauls and this (Falcon) seems to really balance that nicely. It adds a lot of low end and top end and brightness and charm to the guitar but still really heavy, and I have not had any issues with feedback. It’s been great. They’re incredibly powerful and cut through a mix really well and the way they frame other guitar tones is really cool. They really work well together."


Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Richard Fortus Has Long History with Gretsch

As kids, most of us were surely asked multiple times what we wanted to be when we grew up. Whether or not we remember any of those answers is probably a long shot. But for Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, he can still vividly recall one moment when he cloaked his real answer.

“I remember being five years old and sitting in Sunday school class and them asking what we wanted to be when we grew up and everyone had normal kid answers,” shared Fortus. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘I want to be a musician,’ but I didn’t want to be judged in the eyes of the Lord so I just said ‘a fireman’ like the kid in front of me said. But I’ve always been in love with music since I can remember. Always dreamed of doing it professionally.”

And so he has. Since founding his first band in 1984 (The Eyes/Pale Divine), the St. Louis-bred musician has been part of the Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, the Dead Daisies, and toured with Guns N’ Roses over the last 15 years.

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