irishfalconThe Gretsch Bono Irish Falcon (G6136I) is the result of a collaboration between Bono and The Gretsch Guitar company. Gretsch contributes a portion of the proceeds to Bono’s chartity DATA (www.data.org).

The Gretsch Irish Falcon incorporates classic Gretsch Falcon specs with an all-new lustrous “Green” finish.

The guitar features a Arched laminated Maple body,two piece Maple neck with a ebony finger board. The fingerboard features Mother of Pearl hunch back inlays with Bono’s signature on the 12th fret. The neck is slim and features nice big frets making it a dream to play. The pickguard features the slogan “The Goal is Soul” – reminiscent of U2’s Elevation tour where this guitar got it’s first outing.

The Irish Falcon is one of the most visually appealing Guitars on the market today with the green body and gold hardware producing a really eye catching instrument.

Electronics wise the Irish Falcon is fitted with two FilterTron pickups tone and volume control two pickup selector switches.

Sound wise the guitar delivers on that classic Gretsch tone – full fat and sparkly, whilst there isn’t much sustain to write home about if you want that classic 60’s tone the Irish Falcon delivers it in spades. The FilterTron pickups seem to produce a sound that’s halfway between a traditional humbucker and a single coil – the result is that traditional Gretsch bark.

Under the hood there that much difference between the Irish Falcon and the White Falcon other than the custom paint job, price wise the Irish is a little more expensive than it’s sibling but as a portion of the proceeds go to Bono’s Aids awareness charity it’s a moot point – for the U2 enthusiast, they’ll probably already have one, for the regular guitarist – classic Gretsch Tone – killer looks – interesting heritage – certainly worth a look

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