El Credito R – Gretsch Anniversary

El Cigar!

In 1972 Cigar Master Ernesto Perez Carillo launched “la Gloria Cubana” in the United States. Later on these cigars hit the worldwide market under the brand “El Credito”. El Credito is a strong tasting cigar with complex aroma’s.  Definitely not a cigar for beginners, be sure you grow a pair before you start smoking the El Credito series “R” (rated R – only adults?). IMG_7975

In 1968, Ernesto Perez Carillo fled from Cuba to Miami and started the cigar company and created some tasty cigars based on his personal taste in flavours. The brand name “la Gloria Cubana” was dropped due to trademark infringements and changed to “El Credito. In 1999 Ernesto Carillo Jr honoured his father by creating the “Series R”.  By now these cigars are on the market for almost twenty years and they are loved by “experienced” cigar smokers all over the world.

Filler: Dominican/Nicaragua – Binder: Nicaragua – Wrapper: Ecuador


El Guitar!

Every time I light up the Series R with the daphne blue cigar band I grab my Gretsch Anniversary G6118T.  In 1958 Gretsch introduced the “Anniversary” model.  Over the years the guitar underwent some changes but in 2018 the guys at Gretsch nailed it by combining old and new appointments creating a professional instrument for modern players. It has the trestle bracing, Filter-Tron pickups and a pinned rocking bar bridge. The Bigsby now has a string-through bridge so no more puzzling with the little pins and string balls as we used to do with the old style Bigsby. IMG_7987

The controls are changed too. No more “mud switch” (Who needs a mud switch?) just a pickup selector switch and four fancy chrome knobs with engraved Gretsch logo (volume pup1 – volume pup2 – tone – master volume). This instrument has a lot of brightness and volume. The G6118T sports a laminated maple body, a medium U-shaped neck with 12″ radius fretboard with pearloid thumbnail markers and 22 jumbo frets. The finish is a beautiful high gloss two-tone Iridium Silver/ Azure Metalic.

Azure is the color of the Caribbean sea, … Cuba, … and so we are back to cigars!




Blueberry Burst

2019 barely started and yet a second addition to the stash this year. An eye-catching Gibson Les Paul Standard in blueberry burst! Me so happy, … me love it long time!

It is very hard to catch the triple-A flame top in a pic and it screams to be played. Equipped with Burstbucker Pro pickups and an innovative wiring to benefit from a vast array of tonal options.  Alnico V magnets capture the subtile variations of the tone and with the slim taper asymmetrical neck and fast-action rosewood fingerboard this guitar becomes a genuine rock-machine.


The electronics are versatile. Unmatched bobbins for true humbucker tone. Push-pull control knobs for coil split, coil tap, highpass filtering and out-of-phase sounds. The 2019 Standard features 5 internal dip switches for more tonal control. I haven’t tried them out yet and I wonder if I ever will… enough options already.


I matched this tone monster with a Marshall Astoria combo and an Alec Bradley “American” cigar, P-E-R-F-E-C-T!  Even the neighbour came knocking on my door and asked me to be less loud so he could sleep. I said  “no”!   Poor neighbour, he came by bike all the way … for nothing!IMG_7729.jpeg

Stay tuned, I will be posting demo vids with the Gibson Les Paul Standard soon.

Keep rockin’, stay smokey!