Archive for the ‘Gretsch Events’ Category

Elliot Easton Visits Gretsch Factory Hilton Head Concert With CCR

Wednesday, July 17th, 2002

Factory Tour

Gretsch Gretsch artist, Elliot Easton, recently made a stop at the Gretsch guitar factory while on tour with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band was scheduled to perform at the beautiful Harbour Town Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Before the show, Elliot took time to visit the Ridgeland S.C. Plant to check out the recent developments from Gretsch guitars. Elliot was stunned when he saw the over whelming display of sweet looking lefties! Accompanied by President, Fred Gretsch, Elliot sampled a few choice axes fresh from the factory floor, including a few of his namesake, Signature Model Jets as well as an incredible Smoke Green Anniversary, a Synchromatic Historic, a “Get Square” Bo Diddley and a beautiful ‘59 Re-Issue White Falcon. (more…)

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win This Great Gretsch Drum Gear!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002

Kaman Music and Drum Magazine have gotten together to create this incredible Gretsch drum giveaway. You can get more information and complete an entry form by picking up a copy of the latest issue of Drum Magazine. You may enter as many times as you wish, but only one bound-in entry card per issue will be accepted per respondent. The drawing will take place September 9th 2002, so get your entries in early! (more…)

Welcome To The Gretsch Booth!
Winter NAMM 2002 – Anaheim, CA

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002

Story by UEC

GRETSCH BOOTH #3540

Gretsch at Namm Welcome to the Gretsch Booth at Winter NAMM 2002! It was another ground breaking show, bringing in the new year with lots of new gear. There was plenty to see as Gretsch unveiled several new products at the opening of the show including the re-release of the 75th Anniversary GRETSCH-AMERICAN Drum Series! The news went live online, right here on the Gretsch HEADLINE NEWS as the NAMM Show opened Thursday morning the 17th!

For the drum enthusiast, there certainly was plenty to check out! The hall was full of Gretsch Drum kits everywhere including the incredible 75th Anniversary GRETSCH-AMERICAN Drum Series, three unique designs, developed by the Gretsch Drum Factory team of Gene Haugh, Paul Cooper, Lena Thomas, and President, Fred Gretsch, with input from drum endorsers, Harvey Mason and Vinnie Colaiuta. The Gretsch Renown Maple Series, was nominated for Best New Acoustic Drum Set in the 2001 Music and Sound Retailer Awards! The booth maintained a continuous flow of drum artists “extraordinaire” including; Denny Seiwell, Harvey Mason, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bruce Gary, Alvino Bennett, Stan Frazier, Paul Goldberg, Steve Ferrone, and Bobby Tait to name a few. Gretsch drums were played and autographs handed out!

For guitar players, there were several new pieces on hand as well as fine examples of the current Gretsch line-up. New at this show, the 6119-62HT Tennessee Rose was being closely eyed by Gretsch fanatics for accuracy to detail. This guitar is a faithful re-creation of the early sixties Electrotone hollow-body guitar with a single cutaway body and vintage style HiLo’Tron pickups. And it looked like no one could put down the new 6120N Nashville that was played non-stop throughout the show. It was hard to miss this striking instrument staring you in the face as you entered the guitar room with it’s beautiful, arched top body finished in that piercing, classic “Gretsch” orange.

Gretsch Presents Guitar Clinics Featuring Tom Jones of TV Jones Guitars!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2001

Story by UEC

Tom Jones – TVJones Gretsch Guitars is proud to present Tom Jones, of TV Jones Guitars, in several small, informative clinics in the Southern California area. The clinics will cover basic guitar setup, operation, customizing and how to get the most out of your Gretsch guitar!

Some of the topics that Tom will discuss include how the basic Gretsch components work, such as their unique switches and controls. Tom will discuss the wide variety of pickups available and how they differ. He will talk about how to adjust your pickups and fine tune them for optimum performance. He will also cover bridge adjustments, saddle alignment, intonation as well as what happens when you change string gauges and how to make truss rod adjustments to compensate. To demonstrate some of these tips and techniques, Tom will perform an actual setup on a stock Gretsch guitar. (more…)

HUGE EQUIPMENT SALE at Fred Gretsch Enterprises Ridgeland SC plant

Monday, September 3rd, 2001

Story by UEC

Out of use tools and equipment no longer needed for production, for sale by Fred Gretsch Enterprises at their Ridgeland, SC plant. Mostly woodworking machinery and related items. Also, racking, shelving, metal conveyors, maple veneer, etc.

* For more Details Contact: Robert Krueger -rak27us@charter.net or Tel/Fax 864-879-4657.

Gretsch Enjoys Another Strong Showing at Nashville Namm Show!

Monday, August 13th, 2001

Story by UEC

GRETSCH ENJOYS STRONG SHOWING “PROVEN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND TRADITION”

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 At Summer Namm 2000 Nashville July 21 – 23

Sunday, July 23rd, 2000

Story & Photos by UEC

Nashville Namm July 21 Thru 23

NAMM It was another strong showing for Gretsch at The Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The booth was teaming with activity throughout the 3 day event. Those in attendance got a first hand look at all the fine guitar and drum gear that has made Gretsch famous. The return of 2 “Classic” finishes, White Marine Pearl and Caribbean Blue, caught the eye of those in the percussion department.

The guitar section was busy with many visitors eyeing up the Brian Setzer Hot Rod Guitars, in 4 dazzling colors. The NEW Gretsch Historic Series Guitars, Stephen Stills and Elliot Easton signature models were also on display. Some of the artists to stop by the booth during the show included Jack Gavin, Pat McDonald, Jimmie Fadden, Gregg Stocki, Duane Eddy, and Kim Richey.

Jazz Greats, FOURPLAY tour with Harvey Mason!

Friday, May 12th, 2000

Jazz Greats Fourplay hit the Road with Harvey Mason and Gretsch Drums!

Story by UEC

Harvey Mason, winner of the First Annual Smooth Jazz Award(The Oasis Awards) for Best Percussion, is hitting the road with his Jazz Band FOURPLAY and his trusty Gretsch BroadKaster Drum Set. If you want to witness an incredible evening of great jazz by master musicians you will not want to miss this show. Check the scheduled listings below for a show near you. Be sure to call early to reserve tickets and confirm dates prior to attending, we’re sure Harvey would love to see you there!

AUGUST 11
Trump Tower
Atlantic City, NJ

AUGUST 12
Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI

SEPTEMBER 10
Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA

SEPTEMBER 11
Humphrey’s
San Diego, CA

SEPTEMBER 13
Newporter Jazz Festival
Newport Beach, CA

SEPTEMBER 14
Red River Music Hall
Tempe, AZ

SEPTEMBER 15
House of Blues
Las Vegas, NV

SEPTEMBER 27
Vic Theatre
Chicago, IL

SEPTEMBER 28
Royal Oak Theater
Detroit, MI

SEPTEMBER 29
Southern Theatre
Columbus, OH

SEPTEMBER 30
Capitol Jazz Fest
Prince George’s Stadium
Bowie, MD

OCTOBER 1
Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA

OCTOBER 3
Blumenthal Center
Charlotte, NC

OCTOBER 5
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA

OCTOBER 6
House Of Blues
Lake Buena Vista, FL

OCTOBER 7
Carefree Theatre
West Palm Beach, FL

OCTOBER 8
Performing Arts Center
Tampa, FL

OCTOBER 12
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ

OCTOBER 13
Towne Hall
New York, NY

OCTOBER 14
Berklee Performance Center
Boston, MA

OCTOBER 15
Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, CT

EUROPEAN TOUR

OCTOBER 25
Fabrik
Hamburg

OCTOBER 27
Bayrisherhof
Munich

OCTOBER 28
Jazz Festival
Ingolstadt

OCTOBER 30
Ohne Filter
Baden Baden

NOVEMBER 2
Bridgewater Hall
Manchester

NOVEMBER 3
Warwick Arts Centre
Coventry

NOVEMBER 4
Royal Festival Hall
London

NOVEMBER 6
Music Center
Utrecht

NOVEMBER 8
Teatro Orfeo
Milan

NOVEMBER 9
Volkshaus
Zurich

NOVEMBER 10
Jazz Festival
Aalen

For more information about Fourplay, visit their website at fourplayjazz.com; the Fourplay online chat can be found at firstmusic.com/chat/fourplayjazz.html.