Gear of the Year RESULTS: Best Guitars of 2013 Revealed

What did SonicState readers and staff choose as the best guitar of the year?   09-Dec-13

2. Gretsch Billy Duffy White Falcon

Another breathtakingly beautiful guitar on this year's SonicState awards, the Gretsch Billy Duffy White Falcon will go to the heart of any guitarist who grew up dreaming of one these guitars in the 1970s/80s.

The early years of Gretsch were all about taking on the might of Fender and Gibson and delivering a White Falcon guitar which was seen as the very height of Luxury, the Rolls Royce (or Cadillac if you're in the USA) of guitars.

By the 1970s, the company was owned by Baldwin, and production had gone... well, let's just say 'downhill' slightly.

Billy Duffy's White Falcon was from the Baldwin era, and his new signature model is a faithful recreation of the original guitar, but with the quality and precision of a modern day Gretsch.

Nitro celly finish, 70s style arrow knobs and Bigsby, three-ply maple body, ebony fingerboard, spruce tone bars, sound post, and that iconic V-shaped headstock.

Billy Duffy was one of the first to use the Gretsch White Falcon as a rock guitar, helping to bring it back in vogue and teaching us just what those FilterTron pickups could do. And for that, we salute him.

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Jordan    Said...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. Who the $%#k is voting on these "gear of the year" surveys? The results are total BS as far as I'm concerned.

09-Dec-13 06:50 PM


Drop B    Said...

Jordan, you're not aware that no one shares the same opinions? Besides, I've got a Chapman ML3-RC as well as a few other makes such as Gibson, two from Ibanez out of Japan and a couple of Fenders, and this ML3-RC is right up there with them to say the least. It is just as good quality, especially taken into account it's South Korean made, Seymour Duncan Pick-Ups and is incredibly well put together as well as very versatile. At £599, it's an absolute bargain. There's no surprise of the results!

09-Dec-13 07:25 PM


Jordan    Said...

What a load of baloney. The surveys are BS as far as I'm concerned. People, probably from the companies involved, are spam voting to get their no-name guitars at the top of the list.

09-Dec-13 07:49 PM


Johnny Bones    Said...

I'm looking at the so-called "winners" and thinking "Yeah right…" This reminds me of what you see on Youtube in the comments section where people will post some spam comment for a porn site or whatever and then vote for it 100 times to get it to the top of the comments. Because it's so easy to skew the results in these surveys, they're completely irrelevant. Over time they'll be the laughing stock of the internet if they aren't there already. I know I won't waste my time voting or even looking at these again in the future.

09-Dec-13 08:16 PM


No Use For A Name    Said...

@Johnny Bones It seems like your missing that the top five is selected by panel. The Chapman ML-3 was voted into the final five, but it was chosen for the number one spot by the writers, not the readers.

10-Dec-13 06:42 AM


No Use for No-Names    Said...

The bogus results of these contests have just been insulting. I have no respect for this site anymore. I'm outta here!

10-Dec-13 11:14 AM


Paul B.    Said...

These were little more than advertisements disguised as "contests" and I for one was offended by the absurd results. I won't be visiting this site anymore.

10-Dec-13 11:47 AM


Recount!    Said...

I'm another one who was offended by this.

10-Dec-13 12:37 PM


billy the kid.    Said...

Number 1...yer...lol...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. ^

10-Dec-13 12:59 PM


Zimca    Said...

Another vote for a recount...

10-Dec-13 01:19 PM


So Use For A Name    Said...

Lol, surely if people want a recount they should've just voted in the first place?

10-Dec-13 03:28 PM


Scratch M. Back    Said...

What good did it do to vote when there was under the table handshaking going on?

10-Dec-13 08:13 PM


Tom Boy    Said...

I'm not going to say these results are fake, but that is one UGLY looking guitar.

10-Dec-13 08:57 PM


Crankit Oryankit    Said...

So Use For A Name, what makes you so sure those demanding a recount didn't vote? Do you know something we don't?

10-Dec-13 09:08 PM


champ    Said...

I'm not a guitar player (do get a Moog Guitar coming today :p) Wouldn't it be cool to have a left handed Top 3 or something? Or would someone care to post his or her top 3 left handed guitars? Thanks

12-Dec-13 04:49 AM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


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