After being teased for months, before finally being unveiled amid Gretsch’s midsummer mega-launch, the Richard Fortus Signature Falcon has been released, and it’s a very special electric guitar.
There are two finish options, with some tough choices to make, so Fortus sat down with Gretsch to walk through the design and demonstrate their sounds.
Fortus put his name on two Falcons. The Black model comes with a V-Stoptail and has a shorter 24.6 inch scale, while the Vintage White model puts vintage swing on the menu thanks to its Bigsby String-Thru and has full scale length of 25.5 inches.
Whether you lean for the traditional Bigsby feel or the more thrashable appeal of the V-Stoptail model, these are exquisite rock ‘n’ roll machines. Tortoiseshell aficionados are going to be in shamrock with the details applied to the head and pickguard
They’re built to be played hard, with a spruce top center block chambered in situ to support the rolled maple arch and reduce feedback in high volume scenarios.
Fortus asked Gretsch’s R&D team to burn the midnight oil to develop the custom Filter’Tron pickups you’ll find at the neck and bridge positions, and he says his signature model is capable of applying this. Gretsch sound in many different musical situations. .
“Gretsch has always been an integral part of the rock’n’roll sound,” said Fortus. “From Malcolm to Harrison, from Neil Young to Billy Duffy. It is such an honor and a lifelong dream to have my name associated. I wanted something that I could play all night for the beat and the lead.
“With their classic Gretsch chime, as well as very thick and tight lows, these Falcons are designed to be versatile guitars for all types of players.”
Those players will find a comfortable maple neck with a Standard U profile topped with a 12 “radius ebony fingerboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets.
The Richard Fortus Falcon Signature G6636T-RF Center Block with String-Thru Bigsby is available for £ 3,199 / $ 3,599. Just like the V-Stoptail model, priced at £ 3,049 / $ 3,399. See Gretsch for more details.