Portugal. The Man lead singer and guitarist John Gourley collaborates with Grestch to launch his very own signature, the limited-edition John Gourley Electromatic Broadkaster.
As the founding member, lead singer, and songwriter of Portugal. The Man, Gourley has captivated audiences with his distinctive vocals and innovative musical style. With a dynamic and eclectic approach to his craft, Gourley continues to leave an indelible mark on music through his genre-agnostic contributions and his commitment to driving meaningful transformations through activism. Gourley has been influenced by his affinity for hip-hop and his exploration of different music genres that have shaped his unique style and approach. His positive impact goes beyond music, first by helping create the PTM Foundation — which focuses on building community resilience, empathy, and awareness through music, stories, art, education, and connectivity — and through the Frances Changed My Life initiative, which honors his daughter Frances and aims to provide support for other families dealing with rare disease diagnoses. Now, boasting a signature guitar bearing his name, Gourley aspires for his Broadkaster to become a go-to choice for musicians of all levels, providing an accessible entry point for players seeking to attain their desired sound.
The limited-edition John Gourley Electromatic Broadkaster was built for musicians from every genre in mind. The guitar boasts a double-cutaway maple body featuring a chambered spruce center block for enhanced resonance and tonal richness. Its thin "U"-shaped maple neck features a 12”-radius laurel fingerboard, hosts 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid “cloud” inlays for a touch of style. Equipped with USA Full’Tron humbucking pickups, the guitar delivers a powerful and versatile sonic range. The control layout includes a master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone, individual pickup volume controls and a three-position pickup selector switch, offering precise tonal shaping. The Anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge ensures stable tuning while the Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece adds expressive pitch modulation. Additional features include a Graph Tech NuBone nut, silver sparkle binding, locking tuners, strap locks, and nickel hardware.
“The first time I heard a Gretsch was when I walked into a guitar shop in Memphis and I knew instantly that that was the sound I’ve been looking for this whole time. It was such a cool experience when I finally got to design my own,” explains John Gourley. “I knew I’d want to go with the Broadkaster shape and I specifically opted for Broadkaster pickups, though the standout feature for me is the Bigsby. Choosing a thinner body was intentional; it grants me greater mobility on stage, providing a heightened level of control over the sound. As for the artwork, I’ve been following Cleon’s work in some form since I was a kid. He has had so much influence on my personal style. His art represents humans. I love his honesty, his views, and interpretation of the world.”
“John Gourley’s connection-driven passion for making music, combined with his support for empowering artists to find their own musical identities, perfectly aligns with our mission to foster and uplift at Gretsch,” said Jason Barnes, VP of Product at Gretsch. “His commitment to his craft was evident in our entire journey together as he actively participated in every stage of development, paying meticulous attention to each specification. With the double-cutaway body and chambered center block combined with his USA Full’Tron humbucking pickups, this Broadkaster is a real powerhouse.”
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Showcasing the Limited Edition John Gourley Electromatic Broadkaster | Gretsch Guitars
An aviary of 6-strings, a floor-based amp system, and an entire zoo full of pedals create this axeman’s vast sonic vocabulary—all seen in his second PG Rig Rundown.
It’s all about the yin and yang … and the heavy guitar tones when Scott Holiday of Rival Sons plugs in and rocks out onstage. This year, the band has got something special cooking: a pair of albums, the just-released Darkfighter and the upcoming Lightbringer, speaking of yin and yang.
On the current Darkfighter tour, Rival Sons recently stopped at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works and invited PG onboard their stage for a tour of Scott’s gear. He’s made some changes since his 2017 Rig Rundown. He’s still a Firebird devotee, and that epic moustache is untouchable. But there are plenty of 6-string additions and some big changes in the amp department. Check it out!
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This 1999 Gibson Custom Firebird VII, aka “Bluebird,” is Scott Holiday’s first avian. He uses a custom set of Dunlop strings—typically .011–.050.
This custom-built Yamaha is tuned to C#-F#-C# F#-A#-C#—essentially, a variation on open C sharp.
Double the Fun...
He also has a few specially made doublenecks, including a Banker Custom that gives Holiday a baritone tuned A to A and a second standard-tuned neck.
And Double to Love!
Plus this semi-hollow Kauer Super Chief doubleneck that gives him a 12-string/6-string combination. Surprise! Both necks are tuned to DADGAD.
King of Birds
Holiday calls this ’Bird-inspired Kauer his “Excalibur,” for its comfort, dependability, and big, dominating tone.
More Hot Wings, Please
This Banker Custom Flying V features a Bigsby, at the risk of writing the obvious, and it stays in standard tuning. Thank you, Lonnie Mack!
This custom-built Gretsch Penguin lives in D-standard tuning and has Gretsch’s own flair on the classic whammy formula.
This custom Gretsch Falcon lives in Standard tuning. (Notice the unusual bird adorning the pickguard per Holiday's request in keeping with Gretsch's fowl flags on their instruments.)
This 1962 Fender Jazzmaster is tuned C#-F#-C#-F#-A#-C# and was Holiday's first major vintage-guitar purchase.
Holiday crunches like a tube amp player, but what you are hearing is a Line 6 Helix into a Seymour Duncan PowerStage pedal amplifier, which drives an Orange 4x12 and a Supro 2x12. But it also has a lot of effects going into it. Read on!
Scott Holiday's Amps and Effects
Here’s the break-down of Scott Holiday’s multiple-board system. At right, there’s a Custom Audio Electronics Wah, ZVEX Fuzz Probe, a Way Huge Attack Vector, and a Custom Audio Electronics Line Driver, plus a juiced-up kitty cat delivering the power. The middle board holds the Line 6 Helix, with four Dunlop expression pedals. And the final board is a Custom Audio Electronics RS-T MIDI Foot Controller that is used to patch in effects from offstage boards that contain an Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth, a Way Huge Atreides Analog Weirding Module, a Deep Trip Hellbender, a kossekFX Kraken multi-octave fuzz, a Victory Kraken Preamp, a Keeley Synth 1, an Isle of Tone fuzz, two Vox Time Machines, an Electro-Harmonix POG, a Way Huge Ring Worm, a Sweet Sound Mojo Vibe, a Strymon Mobius, a Line 6 DL4, and a Caroline Guitar Company Météore Lo-Fi Reverb.
Gretsch celebrates its 140th anniversary with an all-new Double Platinum Collection, designed to honor Gretsch’s historic past while providing essential features for the modern player.
Since 1883, Gretsch guitars have been the instrument of choice for musical revolutionaries thanks to their rich, full sound, smooth playability, and their bold classic visual style. Gretsch has won endorsements from some of the music industry’s most respected artists at the same time, including Chet Atkins, Eddie Cochran, Billy Duffy, George Harrison, Orville Peck, and Brandi Carlile.
- G6136T-140 LTD 140th Double Platinum Falcon Hollow Body with String-Thru Bigsby
- Featuring a Solid Adirondack Red Spruce top, maple back and sides, ML bracing, all-new FT-67 Filter’Tron humbucking pickups, and a stunning two-tone nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
- G6134T-140 LTD 140th Double Platinum Penguin with String-Thru Bigsby
- Equipped with FT-67 Filter’Tron™ humbucking pickups that provide unmistakable Gretsch tone, and featuring a Solid Adirondack Red Spruce top paired with a chambered mahogany body and a two-tone nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- G6118T-140 LTD 140th Double Platinum Anniversary with String-Thru Bigsby
- Featuring a Solid Adirondack Red Spruce top with maple back and sides, ML bracing, 12” radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, rolled edges, and pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, FT-67 Filter’Tron humbucking pickups, an Adjusto-Matic bridge with pinned ebony base, and a String-Thru Bigsby B6CP tailpiece
- G5420T-140 Electromatic 140th Double Platinum Hollow Body with Bigsby
- Featuring all-new FT-5E Filter’Tron pickups, a laminated maple body with vintage-inspired perimeters and refined arches, and trestle block bracing.
- G5622T-140 Electromatic 140th Double Platinum Center Block with Bigsby
- Featuring a double-cutaway maple body with a chambered spruce center block, a 12”-radius laurel fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, and black Top Broad’Tron humbucking pickups
- G5230T-140 Electromatic 140th Double Platinum Jet with Bigsby
- Featuring a chambered mahogany body with maple top for a strong sonic profile and exceptional acoustic balance, and the all-new FT-5E Filter’Tron humbucking pickups