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Gretsch Foundation Announces Duke Kramer MBA Graduate Assistantship

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

An endowment in the memory Charles “Duke” Kramer has been set up at Georgia Southern University by The Gretsch Foundation.

Kramer started selling musical instruments for the Gretsch Co. in 1935 at age 19. By the time he passed away in August 2005, he was a 70-year employee affectionately known as “Mr. Guitar Man.”

The endowment creating the “Duke Kramer MBA Graduate Assistantship” will be held in perpetuity by the Georgia Southern University Foundation, with annual interest being used to award a scholarship each year to one or more deserving MBA applicants who meet the award criteria. The scholarship committee will select recipients based on academic qualifications, and the scholarship will be renewable for no more than two years.

Those interested in adding gifts to the “Duke Kramer MBA Graduate Assistantship” may contact the Georgia Southern University Foundation at (912) 681-5253. Those interested in learning how to qualify for the “Duke Kramer MBA Graduate Assistantship” and other Georgia Southern scholarships may contact the University’s Financial Aid Office at (912) 681-5413 or go to the Web site at students.georgiasouthern.edu/finaid/.

Gretsch Foundation Announces Ernie Gadzos Music Scholarship

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Drummer’s Memory Lives on Through Georgia Southern Scholarship

Georgia Southern’s percussion faculty member, Dr. Matt Fallin (seated), Dinah and Fred Gretsch and a Georgia Southern percussion student (standing).

Savannah, GA – When Savannah’s legendary drummer, Ernie Gadzos, passed away in June 2005, Fred Gretsch sought a way to honor his dear friend and longtime Gretsch Music Company employee. At Georgia Southern University he found an inspiring method of keeping Ernie’s memory alive. He created the Ernie Gadzos Scholarship in Music with funding from the Gretsch Foundation. (more…)

Gretsch Bo Diddley Guitar Auction

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Gretsch Bo Diddley Signature Model Guitar Autographed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers!

Calling all Collectors!!

Gretsch Bo Diddley and Grestch designed this guitar in 1958. The signature model bears Bo Diddley’s ‘John Hancock’ on the head stock of the instrument. On the neck of the guitar, the Grestch nameplate is proudly displayed.

This GRETSCH BO DIDDLEY signature model guitar has been signed by Tom Petty and all of the band members of the Heartbreakers. It was signed in 2006, marking their 30th anniversary. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are now on tour celebrating this monumental anniversary, making the guitar even more collectible. (more…)

Gretsch Guitars – The Artful Icon

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

By Billy Murphy – From Vintage Guitar Magazine

Gretsch But isn’t this the very art and status of Gretsch; giving so many artists a voice? Not simply a twangy voice, or a sustaining voice or a diving Bigsby “is it out of tune or is it in tune ?” voice, but a voice for their words, tones, emotions, passion and image. Even God loves a Strat, but could Eddie Cochran have been the Eddie Cochran without a 6120? If there ever was an illustration to the adage, “The whole equals more than the sum of its parts,” it ’s a Gretsch guitar. With every blistering Setzer run, you not only hear Brian ’s talent, discipline and love, you also feel his guitar -its history and its journey; its womanly curves that Setzer none-too-coincidently hugs as his own.

But how did Gretsch get where it is on this evolutionary six-string food chain? In those beginning days, there were no marketing plans.There was no focus group research. Yet for some reason the Gretsch guitar,in its form and design, has become an icon. Who do we thank? Who do we even congratulate? Was it even a conscious result of the guitar – maker? Gretsch guitars reached their prominence in a time when the cart came before the horse, when guitars were made for the average man to play his average tune. Not like to- day, when guitars seem designed and built for that imaginary star who might someday be playing it. (more…)

Charles Kramer was instrumental to guitarists
Known as ‘Mr. Guitar Man’

Friday, August 5th, 2005

By Jennifer Koehler

Charles “Duke” Kramer, also known as “Mr. Guitar Man,” was pivotal in making Gretsch electric guitars what they are today – for guitar aficionados, they are synonymous with quality workmanship and a unique acoustic, breathy sound. Artists such as Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer have made the guitars famous.

Even though he couldn’t play a lick, “The Silver Duke” Gretsch guitar was named after him. Need a Gretsch guitar? No problem. An out-of-commission silver or gold knob? No problem. Mr. Kramer was the man who knew anything and everything about Gretsch guitars. (more…)

Gretsch at Winter Namm 2005

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Anaheim, CA January ‘05

With approximately 80,000 registrants, this year’s NAMM Show broke attendance records for the second straight year. 1,428 exhibiting companies gathered from over 90 countries. Musical products from around the globe were showcased for all to see, play, and buy.

The Gretsch Company enjoyed its annual visit to sunny southern California as one of the more historic registrants at this year’s 103rd NAMM. With 3 booth locales, Gretsch exhibited their much sought after guitars, drums, and trademark merchandise in celebration of “That Great Gretsch Sound.” (more…)

My Life as a Drum Set

Friday, August 13th, 2004

Written by Jeremiah Stermer

Courtesy of Vintage Drummer Magazine

August 2004

Gretcsh Drums When I was born (that is, completed as a Gretsch drum set) in the summer of 1963, the sun was beaming in through the windows of the Brooklyn New York factory, setting my champagne sparkle ablaze with dazzle. I’m a four piece set comprised of a 5 x 14 chrome snare, a 9 x 13 tom tom, a 16 x 16 floor tom, and my heart is a 14 x 20 bass drum. My player-I call my owner my player because that’s the relation we had. Since, on one hand, he could certainly say I owned him, based solely on my irresistibility-so, my player had visited my birth place, the Gretsch factory, a month or so earlier. He and his Gretsch guitar-playing friend hooked out of school in Baltimore, hopped on a train to Manhattan and walked to the factory. I know back then you could just show up at Gretsch and if you asked nicely they would proudly take you on a factory tour. (more…)

Nashville Shows Gretsch Good Time as Summer NAMM Bids Farewell!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Summer Namm 2004

The Gretsch Company made its annual trip to Nashville one more time as part of Summer NAMM 2004. Next years Namm Show is scheduled for Indianapolis, Indiana. Gretsch has always had a special kinship to the Music City and all the fine artists that call “The Home of Country Music”, their home. From the inspired songwriters to the Grand ole Opry to the music printers down the “Alley” and the pickers on Broadway; Nashville has enjoyed the ultimate music tradition. In its own way, Gretsch too, has been part of that tradition.

Knowing that this was the last show in Nashville made for a bitter-sweet, however productive, Summer Namm. All the fine Gretsch instruments were on display throughout three booth locations. Our exclusive worldwide drum distributors, KAMAN, offered information and samples on all the latest Gretsch Drum lines including USA Maple and Custom Series, Renowned, Signature, Catalina, and BlackHawk. Also featured were LTD 70’s and New Duco finished Limited Kits from Gretsch. (more…)