1959 - Gretsch - 6196 - Country Club - Cadillac Green finish
This guitar is seemed to first appear during the Hansa sessions for Achtung Baby
and shows up in a number of pictures from that session and the Dog Town sessions that later occurred in Dublin.
Daniel Lanois mentioned this guitar in his 1993 Guitar Player interview:
GUITAR PLAYER: To what extent are you the architect of the guitar
sounds on records you produce?
LANOIS: Most guitar players have a big rig that they've worked on
and put sounds into, and I usually don't mess with that. But quite often I suggest alternative rigs, usually simpler ones.
The big rig is generally in the band room, and there's a more informal one in the console area where you're working out parts.
For example, Bono has this old green Gretsch that we often do D.I. just to work out chords. That may sound great, so the guitar
works its way into Edge's hands, and we record it that way. Nine times out of ten, if you just plug in to work out a part,
you actually end up with a pretty good sound. In fact, a lot of Edge's sounds on Achtung Baby were recorded on this little
solid state practice amp we had in the control room instead of the AC30.
The Edge used this during the Pavarotti and Friends show in Modena, Italy in 1995.
This seemed to be one of Bono's Gretsch guitars of choice during the ATYCLB promo
tour and Elevation tour, until Bono obtained the Gretsch "Irish Falcon(s)".
- [Source: "Acthung Baby" // Special Edition of U2 Propaganda]
- [Source: " U2 Producer & 6-String Wizard Daniel Lanois Says You
Don't Need Big Money To Make Big Music" // Guitar Player magazine // 1993]