The Black Crowes have contributed numerous earworms to the American popular music canon, and Rich Robinson's stellar guitar work is at the center of all of them. His riffs mix classic gutbucket blues with pop hooks in the best possible way, and his inimitable style is instantly recognizable. So, it's only fair that the Gretsch Custom Shop recognized him by releasing an awesome super-limited signature guitar. Wildwoodians, meet the Rich Robinson Magpie!
The Rich Robinson Magpie uses the Falcon body shape as its building block, but there are few notable differences between the two birds. Like the Falcon, it has a 3-ply maple body, but it has a solid spruce top, which boosts resonance and ups the guitar's punching power. To that end, it also sports 1959-style trestle bracing, and it has an extra centerblock under the bridge to cut down on feedback.
It's a good thing they put that center block in there because you are going to want to play this guitar loudly! It has a TV Jones Classic Plus in the bridge, which is a marvelous pickup. The high-end is lush and jangly, the midrange is biting, the low-end is woody and warm, and you can get that classic Gretsch twang when you dig in. The neck pickup is a Broad'Tron, and it sounds glorious. It has broad, throaty, warm, midrange that punches through a mix like the incredible Hulk's fist, and it has fat, round lows to go with smooth, singing highs.
We're proud to showcase the Rich Robinson Magpie because it's one of the prettiest birds in the sky. We know it will inspire you to reach new heights on your fretboard journey!