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KMC Announces “The Gretsch Drums Woodshed is Open”

Monday, September 20th, 2010

From the 9/8/10 edition of KMC Music’s eNewsletter:

Gretsch Drums has recently established a new integrated social media site called The Gretsch Drums Woodshed. Why the term “woodshed?” Woodshed is a widely accepted term used by drummers to refer to their personal drum practice space.

The woodshed is a place for any drummer and/or music fan to connect and exchange ideas, videos, images, etc. The layout is built upon contemporary social sites, so navigation is very intuitive and easy to use. Within the Woodshed is a forum that will function very much the same as other drum forums. It’s a great place to hear firsthand from drummers who play Gretsch and what makes their relationship with their instrument so special. Gretsch Drums invites all drummers to connect in the “Shed” and share their drumming experiences.

Check it out here!

Mark Schulman Visits Musician’s Warehouse in Athens, GA

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By special correspondent and 6th Generation Gretsch Family member, Will Gretsch

On Monday, September 13, Mark Schulman displayed his jaw-dropping drumming to the people of Athens, GA at the Musician’s Warehouse. Jamming on a new Gretsch Renown Maple Series kit, he inspired the audience to play drums with not only passion but with the right “attitude”.

Left to Right: 6th & 5th generation Gretsch family members Will Gretsch and Fred Gretsch Jr. with Mark Schulman and Ed Magruder (owner of Musician's Warehouse) and Don Waylett (KMC Music District Sales Manager).

Mark’s clinic featured a state of the art audio visual presentation with him playing along to a series of tracks accompanied by exciting video montages.  His performances across a wide variety of musical styles demonstrated his comprehensive knowledge of music from many different cultures.

Mark explained how he developed his “attitude” at a young age, playing cello in front of his entire school. One moment in particular made him realize the power of being able to play an instrument. After performing in front of the whole school, he explained how he was dreading going back into the classroom for fear of the ridicule and scorn his classmates would surely bestow upon him. Hands shaking, Mark grasped the knob and opened the door awaiting his embarrassment. Instead, to his surprise, he received a standing ovation from his classmates for his outstanding performance. This experience would shape Mark’s attitude forever.

Mark also explained how his love for drumming came from one of the most famous moments in music history.  Replaying footage of the legendary 1964 appearance by The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, Mark told of how he instantly fell in love with drums and drumming. The fans screaming, Ringo’s head shaking, girls crying; the young Mark Schulman knew that playing the drums was what he wanted to do. It inspired him to pick up a pair of sticks and get his first kit, a cheap Sears Catalogue drum set.

Mark continued to impress upon the audience the importance of having a positive attitude and it was evident whenever Mark was in the room, because he brings it with him in everything he does.  Judging by the expressions on the audiences’ faces, Mark’s clinic was a huge success.

The event was also a special occasion because it gave me and my Father, 5th generation Gretsch family member Fred Gretsch Jr., the opportunity to meet a great friend and ambassador of The Gretsch Company.  It was also wonderful to be able to hear just how great the instruments which have been my family’s legacy for over 125 years sound in the hands of such a wonderful musician.  Finally, Mark signed autographs for everyone who attended and offered one very important final piece of advice saying, “Play what you love; for me, I love Gretsch!”

New Classic Ocean Sparkle Burst

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

New Classic in Ocean Sparkle Burst

Gretsch’s New Classic series is now available in a shimmering Ocean Sparkle Burst lacquer finish. This hand applied lacquer finish uses Gretsch’s exclusive Mixed Sparkle Technology, incorporating a meticulous blend of small, medium and large sparkles. The blue color burst pattern features gradual shade transitions accompanying the sparkle flake transitions. Shell color goes from deep blue at the top and bottom to a turquoise shade in the middle of the shell, radiating a rich and glittering finish.

New Classic series drums include proportionate shells that increase in thickness with the shell diameter, producing full, balanced tonality across the entire drum set. Sophisticated appointments include vintage styled tube lugs, very low mass “ITS” integrated tom suspension system and 9025-hinged tom and floor tom leg brackets. Die-cast hoops and Silver Sealer shell interiors are included. Add on drums available.

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Gretsch Guitars at Abbey Road on the River

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Beatlemania invaded the nation’s capital once again and Gretsch Guitars was there.  The “Abbey Road on the River”  festival happened in the Washington, D.C. area over the Labor Day weekend and featured a near-constant lineup of bands, guest speakers, films, contests and other special events, all of which were staged to celebrate the still-thriving legacy of the Beatles.

Billed as “the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival,” Abbey Road on the River took place from Thursday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 6 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hotel in National Harbor, MD.  Gretsch co-sponsored the event.

Gretsch girl Kim Falcon was on hand for photos and to sign autographs. Gretsch Guitars also presented Hal Bruce and the Hard Dazed Knights in concert, who played 214 Beatles songs as a single continuous medley with no breaks or intermission.

Gretsch enthusiasts enjoyed a personal appearance by Fred Gretsch and Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci. They presented the Gretsch Guitars Experience, sharing behind-the-scenes stories about Gretsch history—which included the Beatles—and a multimedia presentation of the sights and sounds of Gretsch.

Abbey Road on the River takes place twice a year, once in Louisville, KY over Memorial Day weekend and then again in National Harbor, MD (Washington, D.C.) over Labor Day weekend.  Mark our calendar now for 2011 and we’ll see you there.

Click here to watch videos from the event.

Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollowbody

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Tim Armstrong Signature B5191BK

Punk rock war-lord Tim Armstrong makes no apologies that the music radiating from his soul at times can be loud & ferocious. His guitar tone alone has become as infamous as his world renown persona. Gretsch is proud to introduce the G5191BK Tim Armstrong Signature Electromatic Hollow Body guitar. A big sound resonates from the parallel tone bars and sound post mounted under the top of the 17″ wide body, which has a harp tailpiece and a pair of “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups for maximum sustain and tuning stability. Grover® tuners, big block fretboard inlays and gold-plated hardware set against the ominous FLAT BLACK urethane finish is a recipe to incite your senses to euphoria. Also available LEFT-HANDED.  Asked what it is in particular that he loves about the guitar, Armstrong said, “To me, it sounds like a piano, like it’s full body and thick. I hear the chords as if I’m playing a piano. That’s just a simple way for me to explain it.”  Armstrong also commented “It’s an honor for me, and it is designed after my favorite guitar ever, which is that 1971 Country Club Gretsch I play more than any other guitar––in the studio and onstage.” Adding that “I would drag that Country Club all over the place. So, it’s amazing for me. I was playing the signature and it sounds identical to my Country Club. The people at Gretsch have been amazing, super respectful. They kept the ingredients the same.”

To see more photos and get the specs visit Gretschguitars.com.

Jazz Brunch at Fort Stewart Museum a “Splendid Event”

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Fred & Dinah with 3rd ID Jazz Combo Drummer SGT Jason McElveen

Fred and Dinah Gretsch recently attended a jazz brunch at the Fort Stewart Museum as the guests of Brigadier General Jeffrey E. Phillips, 3rd Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General-Rear. Hosted by General Phillips and 3rd ID Command Sergeant Major-Rear, Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Ashmen, the event featured music by the 3rd ID Jazz Combo and a presentation and tour by the museum curator Walter “Buck” Meeks III.

The museum includes several thousand artifacts in its archives and the current exhibit includes a walk-through timeline of world events, explaining the 3rd ID’s role beginning in 1917, as well as telling its story through the voices and words of Soldiers who have made up the Division.  The museum is one of the first places Soldiers arriving at Fort Stewart are required to visit.

The 3rd ID Jazz Combo with retired SFC Walt Peters (far right)

Sitting in with the band was a special guest, retired Sergeant First Class Walt Peters, a Vietnam veteran and volunteer of the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Well known to all the Soldiers at Fort Stewart, Peters has made it his personal mission to greet every single departing and returning Soldier as they pass through Savannah’s Hunter Army Airfield base.  An accomplished guitarist, Peters spent many years as a professional guitarist in Nashville.

“It was an honor to be invited to such a splendid event”, said Fred Gretsch.  “The museum is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the 3rd Infantry Division and we are truly privileged to have such an important institution right here on our doorstep in Savannah.  The 3rd ID Jazz Combo was terrific, absolutely first class. They kept everyone entertained with really great music throughout.”

SGT McElveen

The Fort Stewart Museum is free and open to the public but requires civilian visitors to obtain a pass to enter the installation.  The museum is located in Building T904, 2022 Frank Cochran Drive, Fort Stewart.  For more information, call 912-767-7885. Hours: 10 am-4 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays (closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays).

Fred & Dinah Attend Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Concert

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

On August 11, Fred and Dinah Gretsch, along with 18,000 highly-energized and eager fans, had the chance to attend the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert in Atlanta’s Phillips Arena.  With the equally legendary group–Crosby, Stills, & Nash–opening the show, it was guaranteed to be a night not soon forgotten.

Before the show Fred and Dinah had the opportunity to spend some time backstage visiting with members of both bands.  The Atlanta show followed a week-long break and Tom and the rest of the Heartbreakers seemed to be in good spirits as they prepared to kick off the third leg of their Mojo summer tour.

Mike Campbell on Stage

The Gretsches learned that Mike Campbell, the Heartbreakers’ lead guitarist and one of its original founding members, recently purchased a ‘56 Gretsch Nashville of which he’s reportedly very proud.  They were also delighted with the opportunity to visit with the Heartbreakers’ drummer, family friend, and Gretsch drum endorser, Steve Ferrone.

Fred with Steve Ferrone

This show was the first of several that rock legends CSN will be opening on the Mojo tour.  Gracious as always, Stephen, Graham, and David spent time catching up with the Gretsches and chatting about some of their instruments including, of course, their various Gretsch guitars.

After delivering their best wishes to all, it was on to the show.  Following an amazing 90-minute set by CSN, Tom and the Heartbreakers did not disappoint. “Tom Petty has reached the youth market again,” commented Dinah after seeing the large number of young fans in attendance. Thirty-four years and counting and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are still selling out shows.  With their earlier hits becoming popular with today’s youth, it appears their music will be transcending generations of music lovers for a long time to come.

Two legendary groups; one amazing evening of music.  It can’t get much better than that!

In Concert

New Gretsch Catalina Maple Series

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Catalina Maple

The new Catalina Maple series starts with the Gretsch maple formula shell. We carefully developed the maple shell specification to produce tones that explode with attack and volume and project a balanced amount of warm, low-end frequencies. All Catalina Maple shells are 7-ply, 7.2mm. We equipped the shells with “Gretsch Classic” features and hardware, including 30-degree bearing edges, fully-adjustable Gretsch ball-and-socket tom holder with 12.7mm tom arms, 9020-style mounting brackets and our famous 5-lug configuration (a standard Gretsch feature for over 50 years) for all 10” / 12” toms. All drums feature a multi-step lacquer process that produces an extremely glassy-smooth finish that is hard and durable. In addition, we partnered with Evans® drum heads to produce a distinctive “Gretsch by Evans” batter and resonant head combination. Drums are easy to tune and produce full tones right out of the box.

The new Catalina Maples are available in two configurations – a 6-piece shell pack set and a 5-piece shell pack set. Add-on drums are also available to allow for further drum set expansion.

Learn more at:

http://www.gretschdrums.com/index.cfm?fa=drums&sid=661