Archive for 2001

Gretsch Enjoys Another Strong Showing at Nashville Namm Show!

Monday, August 13th, 2001

Story by UEC


In the sweltering summer heat of Nashville, the 2001 Namm show was as busy as ever with the hustle and bustle of music industry manufacturers, retailers and deal makers everywhere. One constant locale of non-stop traffic was the Gretsch Exhibit. The booth was packed with a wall of beautiful guitars and custom built drum kits! It attracted a continuous flow of players and enthusiasts alike.

For the guitar fanatics, there were beautiful new 6012 Series Acoustics in a variety of custom colors, a collection of “souped-up” Setzer Hot Rods, the gorgeous Stephen Stills, Duane Eddy and Elliot Easton Signature Series and the all new handmade Spectrasonics guitars that drew attention for their unique styling. The booth was chock full a Jets; Sparkle Jets, Double Jets, Junior Jets, Duo Jets, Jets, Jets and more Jets! Many of the instruments were outfitted with Bigsby Vibratos; the classic tailpiece that adds beauty and tone to any guitar. (more…)

Gretsch Endorser Buck Page
Receives Prestigious Living Legend Award!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2001

SAVANNAH, GA – Buck Page, country and western music legend and founder of the famous western group Riders of the Purple Sage, received the North America Country Music Associations International’s (NACMAI) prestigious Country/Western Living Legend Award on March 18, 2001. Buck was honored for his extensive career in the music industry at a ceremony that was held at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Fred Gretsch, president of the Gretsch Company, was present at the ceremony in support of Buck saying “This is a wonderful occasion . . . one we are happy to attend”. The event was a fitting tribute to a man who has played an important part in this country’s western music heritage. Buck Page is well respected in the music community and is also an enthusiastic endorser of Gretsch instruments. (more…)

Denny Seiwell Tops The Charts! Wingspan Hits #2 in the Country!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2001

Story by UEC

Denny Seiwell When the music is great, and the artists at play are the tops in their field, Denny Seiwell is there! In a career that has travelled from the intimacy of New York’s most respected jazz clubs, to Rock’s biggest stadiums to countless sessions in the studio, Denny has proven himself one of the most respected musicians at work today.

Denny was 5 years old when his father introduced him to the drums; he turned professional musician while barely a teenager. A stint with the Navy Jazz Band after high school led to a year’s assignment in Chicago under the tutelage of the great Roy Knapp, legendary teacher to such masters as Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson. (more…)

Elliot Easton Gets Down … Up Close and Personal!

Thursday, May 24th, 2001

Story by UEC

Elliot Easton Recently, guitar great and Gretsch artist endorser, “Elliot Easton” made appearances at several southern California music stores where he performed and introduced his new Signature Series, Gretsch EE Model Jet!

The atmosphere was just perfect at the small and casual appearances where fans could witness Elliot’s great style of playing and get a hands on feel for the new guitar. (more…)

Drum great Vinnie Colaiuta discovers Gretsch Factory Vineyard!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2001

Story by UEC

While on a recent visit to the Gretsch Drum Factory, artist, endorser, Vinnie Colaiuta came across some neat, New Old Stock(NOS) of Gretsch Drums buried on the shelves way in the back of the warehouse. Being completely blown away by this incredible discovery, Vinnie continued to wander the factory floor and was heard to repeatedly mumble the words “it’s a VINEYARD, …a GRETSCH FACTORY VINEYARD!”

WOW, just discovered in the Vineyard…

an assortment of Gretsch USA made drum parts in real gold plate finish. These parts are all circa 1983…….almost 20 years old now. They are all ‘NOS’(new old stock) and may be showing some age. Perfect for the collector or the customizer who wants gold plated touches on their Gretsch or other brand drums. Available while supply lasts, first come first served basis. Order through your favorite Gretsch drum dealer.

Something Old from GRETSCH!

70’s Gretsch Kit !! …New old stock !!

Never shipped !!

This kit is but one of the gems hanging around in the vineyard at the factory

Natural Maple Finish

  • 14×22 bass drum with G4969 disappearing spurs and G4945 tom mount
  • 9×13 mounted tom with G9020 tom bracket
  • 12×15 mounted tom with G9020 tom bracket
  • 16×18 floor tom with G4820 diamond plate brackets and G9039 legs

Something New from GRETSCH

New custom kits – 4 week delivery !!!

Kits Available:

BeBop- 14×18, 8×12, 14×14 – Rosewood, Walnut, Millennium Maple

Grand Prix-16×20, 8×10, 8×12, 14×14 – Rosewood, Walnut, Millennium Maple

Fusion- 16×22, 9×10, 10×12, 12×14, 14×16- Walnut

Drilling Options Available:

Bass drums- available with or without mounting plate and your choice of G5975 or GGSCBS4 Gibraltar spurs

Toms- available with G9020 bracket or RIMS style mount

Floor Toms- available with legs or hang with RIMS style mount

Snare Drums- your choice of the Gretsch Lightning Throw-off and Butt Plate or Nickel Drumworks Piston Drive Throw-off and Butt Plate

Choose any Gretsch Permatone head combination:

Toms- coated, clear, pinstripe

Bass- batter side- powestroke3 or coated, resonant side- ebony logo or coated logo

Twist and Shout with Three Classic Beatles-Era Guitar Reissues – George Harrison’s Axes of Choice!

Monday, April 16th, 2001

When the Beatles made their legendary debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, a mop-topped George Harrison was front and center stage playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman. Overnight, Beatlemania spread from coast to coast and Harrison became the most famous lead guitarist on the planet. With Beatlemania showing no signs of fading (the recent Beatles 1 release is a Billboard #1 seller), Gretsch proudly reissues three classic electric guitars that were George Harrison’s main axes of choice in the early to mid ’60s. They include:

1957 Duo Jet (G6128T-57)

According to Harrison, this was his first “real American guitar” and his sentimental favorite Gretsch. Purchased around 1960 from money earned from the Beatles’ famous Hamburg gigs, Harrison’s ‘57 black Duo-Jet was used on the group’s early recording sessions and concert appearances. The ‘57 Duo Jet has been faithfully reproduced with brilliant DynaSonicTM dual pickups, a jet black arched maple top with mahogany neck, back and sides, distinctive humped-block inlays, a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, and more chrome hardware than a ‘57 Chevy.

Country Classic (G6122-62)

This twin-cutaway beauty is the shape and sound that helped launch the second British Invasion. The Gretsch ‘62 Country Classic is a faithful reproduction of the “King George” guitar Harrison played on the Ed Sullivan Show appearances and the Beatles’ historic ‘64 U.S. tour. This stunning guitar features a hand-polished walnut stain finish, 24K gold-plated metal parts (including the distinctive headstock name plate), dual high-sensitive FilterTronTM pickups, a stand-by switch, simulated f-holes, and a Gretsch Bigsby flat handle vibrato tailpiece. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.

Tennessee Rose (G6119-62)

You’ll recognize this single-cutaway bestseller as the guitar George Harrison picked in the movie Help! as well as the Beatles’ legendary Shea Stadium concert in August 1965. Finished in its distinctive dark, cherry-red stain with handsome silver-gray pickguard, the ‘62 Tennessee Rose features dual high-sensitive FilterTronTM pickups, a stand-by switch, white outlined simulated f-holes, neoclassic position markers, and a Gretsch Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.

Ruben Ruiz: ‘Nsync’s Guitarist Tours the World with Thousands of Screaming Fans … and Gretsch Guitars!

Saturday, April 14th, 2001

The guitarist for one of the hottest vocal quintet acts on the planet loves music, comic books, Orlando, Playstation – and his Brian Setzer Gretsch guitars. In exchange for using a friend’s studio facility (Backstreet Boys, producer Veit Renn) at no cost for Ruiz’s “Principal” band project, Ruben agreed to play a guitar track on a demo song for a new group called “‘Nsync.” When the group exploded up the pop charts, Ruben was asked to join the vocal group’s band to play guitar and keyboard. The last three years has seen the quintet rise to become one of the biggest tickets in the world. In fact the group won numerous 2000 Billboard Awards including Album of the Year (“No Strings Attached”), Top 40 Artist of the Year, and a special award for the biggest one-week sales ever (over 2.4 million units). Onstage’ Ruben has to compete with lasers, videos, banks of lights, and thousands of screaming fans, but his dazzling purple Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod and highly flamed orange Gretsch Setzer 6120 guitars more than hold their own.

Joe Perry Plays His Big Gretsch on Saturday Night Live and Super Bowl!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2001

Did you happen to catch Saturday Night Live this past weekend? If you did, you got to witness Aerosmith with Joe Perry playing his big, classic Gretsch Hollowbody, the same one he uses in the new video “Jaded.”

What a band! What a guitar!

How about that killer appearance at the Super Bowl XXXV half-time show? If you missed that, …well, too bad! Aerosmith rocked out with NSYNC, Britney Spears and Mary J Blige, what a show! Joe was totally awesome brandishing that beautiful White Falcon that shined so bright on stage!

Don’t forget to watch VH-1 this Wed, March 21st at 9pm to see Aerosmith be inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame! They will be performing during the ceremony and if we’re lucky, we might get to see Joe play the square Bo Diddley Gretsch he just got from us.

Also, check their website for cool wallpaper for your desktop (with Joe & his Gretsch)!!

It’s so awesome to see Gretsch in the hands of such a great guitarist and musician!