Rockabilly Ravers

BRIAN SETZER KICKED THE ’80S rockabilly revival right to the top of the charts, and never looked back.
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BRIAN SETZER KICKED THE ’80S rockabilly revival right to the top of the charts, and never looked back. Well, except for when he almost singlehandedly brought back big band swing in the mid ’90s. Through these permutations, he never compromised his rowdy lust for rippin’ guitar tones, his drive to improve and expand his chops, or his curiosity for blending roots music with other stylistic colors. His latest release, 2009’s Songs from Lonely Avenue, was conceived as a series of film soundtracks, and this month’s Posh/Poor comparison is inspired by some of the gear he used to record the album. (Prices are “street” unless otherwise noted.)

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POSH

GUITAR

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Gretsch G6120SSLVO Brian Setzer Nashville ($3,099)

AMP 1

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Supro Thunderbolt 1x15 ($1,250; eBay)

AMP 3

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Fender Vintage Reissue ’59 Bassman ($1,399)

EFFECT

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Roland RE- 201 Space Echo ($799; eBay)

STRINGS

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D’Addario EXL110, gauged .010-.046 ($4.39)

TOTAL

$6,551.39

POOR

GUITAR

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Gretsch G5120 Electromatic ($699)

AMP 1

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Vintage47 VA-175 ($495 direct)

AMP 3

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Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal ($119)

EFFECT

Boss RE-20 Space Echo Pedal ($249)

STRINGS

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Same ($4.39)

TOTAL

$1,566.39

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