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Gretsch G New Yorker Archtop Vintage Sunburst | The Music Zoo
Electrics, etc. Reissue of the famed Viking, originally made in Germany from '65 thru the late 70's. It was a quality instrument and fairly popular among European pro artists but it was our own Elvis Presley who gave it greater notoriety, playing a Viking during his '68 "Comeback Special" televised worldwide on NBC. While I've never had an original Viking, I must say that I'm impressed with this reissue, primarily its ability to play virtually any style of music. I played my modeling amp with one of the Boogie Rectifier settings, which is very high gain, and not a hint of feedback while retaining good note definition. The Viking is arched semi-hollow maple body with a resonant, loud acoustic tone.
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The invention of the archtop is currently credited to Orville Gibson , who carved the top and back of a guitar into an arched shape as opposed to using flat pieces of wood. Both high- and low-end guitar manufacturers rushed to market archtops of their own, and many of the guitars they built are still readily available on the used market. Yet as amplification became a viable option for performing musicians, acoustic archtop production drastically diminished to the point where only a small number of makers maintained these designs in their catalogs. More recently though, the acoustic archtop has experienced a resurgence. Dave Rawlings — with his '30s Epiphone Olympic — is a great example.