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Gretsch Shines at Yokohama Music Fair

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The biennial Musical Instruments Fair Japan was held November 5 through 8 at Pacifico Yokohama. Regarded as the world’s largest consumer show for music products with attendees at the last three shows averaging 90,000 strong, this year’s fair was another great success.  The Gretsch booth was rated among the top at the fair with a steady stream of enthusiasts stopping in to admire the many eye-catching Gretsch guitars and drums on display.

Joe Carducci Demonstrates That Great Gretsch Sound

Joe Carducci Demonstrates That Great Gretsch Sound

Joe Carducci, Gretsch guitar marketing manager, was on hand to help bolster the fervor of Gretsch fans by demonstrating the great sound of Gretsch guitars with his masterful playing skills and with his seemingly endless knowledge of the Gretsch brand and history.

On the drum side, Aki, our friend and Gretsch drum specialist in Japan, discussed the many desirable and unique features of Gretsch drums with countless Gretsch devotees who came by to get a glimpse of their favorite drum brand.

Gretsch Drum Specialist Aki

Gretsch Drum Specialist Aki

All around it was a tremendous show and we’re looking forward to participating in the Musical Instruments Fair again in 2011.  Hope to see you there!

Gretsch Guitars on Display

Gretsch Guitars on Display

Great Gretsch Roundup In Nashville

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Any time you get a bunch of Gretsch fans together, it’s going to be a rockin’ event.  But get them together for a whole weekend, playing in a 100-year-old tobacco barn on the outskirts of Music City USA, and you have the ingredients for a genuinely historic occasion.

Such was the case this past October 16-18, when Gretsch players from across the country gathered at Hachland Hills Vineyard in Joelton, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville) for the second annual Gretsch Nashville Roundup.  The event was a live-in weekend of jammin’, jawin’, and jivein’ in a camp-like setting.  And, of course, the musical focus was on the great sound of Gretsch instruments.

Gretsch drummer Jason Woodring with Steve Harms on Bass and Dylan Taylor on guitar

Gretsch drummer Jason Woodring with Steve Harms on bass and Dylan Taylor on guitar

As is always the case in any band setting, drummers at the Roundup were outnumbered by guitarists and bassists.  But what they lacked in number they made up for in talent and enthusiasm, providing great rhythmic support for the music that echoed throughout the surrounding woods.

Gretsch drummer John DeVaul of Knoxville provided the kit for the Roundup

Gretsch drummer John DeVaul of Knoxville provided the kit for the Roundup

The drumming trio at the Nashville Roundup consisted of Jon DeVaul (who provided his own beautiful Gretsch kit for use at the event), Dylan Taylor, and Jason Woodring.  And the attraction of the drumset was so strong that it prompted bassist Steve Harms to put down his axe and pick up some sticks for a few tunes.

A special treat for the participants was the presence of Fred Gretsch himself, representing the fourth generation of the Gretsch family.  Fred shared historic anecdotes and stories about the family, the company, and the many great artists who helped to create the Gretsch legacy—all to the delight of the Gretsch enthusiasts in attendance.

Fred Gretsch (left) with Gretsch Guitars master builder Stephen Stern

Fred Gretsch (left) with Gretsch Guitars master builder Stephen Stern

Additional coverage of the event can be seen on the Gretsch Pages discussion forum at

All photos by Tim Harman.

Setzer Releases “Songs from Lonely Avenue” and Heads Out for the Holidays

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Brian recently met with Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal to discuss the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s new album, “Songs from Lonely Avenue”, released earlier this month and which has since debuted in the #4 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart.  Brian wrote all 13 songs on the album which is already receiving rave reviews from music lovers and critics alike.  “Lonely Avenue” looks destined to make it onto many’s holiday gift wish list this year.  Be sure to check out the great WSJ interview at

Brian and the Orchestra are also getting ready to hit the road for their 7th Annual Christmas Rocks Extravaganza!  This year some lucky fans will be able to purchase special VIP ticket packages.  Check out Brian’s website,, for the complete show schedule and to purchase tickets before they’re all sold out.


Setzer Releases "Lonely Avenue"

Setzer Releases "Lonely Avenue"

Gretsch and Sam Ash Share a Moment in History

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For the past year the Fred & Joe Show, featuring Fred W. Gretsch and Gretsch Guitars marketing manager Joe Carducci, has been visiting Gretsch guitar dealers across the country. Every stop along the way has been well-attended by enthusiastic guitar fans. But none has had quite as much historical significance as the October 1 show at the Sam Ash Music location in New York City.

Fred Gretsch and Ian Goldrich

Fred Gretsch and Ian Goldrich

Located on 48th street just off Times Square, the store was known as Manny’s Music when it was opened by Manny Goldrich in 1935. It stayed in the Goldrich family for sixty-four years, passing from Manny’s son Harry to grandson Ian. Over those years the store became famous for the number of top musical stars—and future stars—who shopped there.

In 1999 Manny’s was purchased by Sam Ash Music. Founded by Sam and Rose Ash in Brooklyn in 1924 and currently overseen by Sam’s sons Jerry and Paul (with the help of Jerry’s sons Sam, David, and Richard), Sam Ash Music is the nation’s largest family-owned retail music business. The 48th street store continued to operate under the “Manny’s” name until early in 2009, when it was fully converted to a Sam Ash Music location. But the family connections remain strong, with Ian Goldrich, grandson of the founder, helping to direct store operations.


Gretsch Foundation Supports Community Events

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

On September 12th the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah, GA held its second annual Gretsch Foundation Banjo Assembly Workshop. During the workshop attendees assembled five-string, resonator-back steel string banjos from parts donated by the Gretsch Foundation. Participants enthusiastically spent the day working on their projects and were able to take their finished banjos home at the end of the workshop. This fun, educational, and well-attended workshop was co-sponsored by the
Savannah Folk Music Society.

In addition to donating parts for the Museum’s banjo assembly workshop, The Gretsch Foundation donates guitars for the Noteworthy Art Auction and the Signed Guitar Auction, both events held during the Savannah Folk Music Festival. This year the festival runs from October 9th through the 11th. Visit for more information about
the festival.

The Gretsch Foundation’s goal is to enrich lives through participation in music.  For more information about The Gretsch Foundation, please visit

Beatlemania is Back

Friday, September 11th, 2009

gretschcontrollerDespite nearly 40 years since their last album together, Let It Be, the Beatles still dominate the charts as the number-one selling artists in U.S history with, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, 170 million records sold.

Indicative of their long-awaited arrival, Amazon reported selling out both the re-mastered stereo and mono box sets a day before the official release.

The 9.09.09 release—selected for its correlation to the The Beatles (the “White Album”) track “Revolution 9”— coincided with the release of The Beatles: Rock Band™, the first version of the popular video game series devoted solely to one musical act. The game features 45 tracks, including “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Come Together” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

The game’s creators went to great lengths to ensure that the digital depictions of the gear used by the Beatles are as authentic in every detail as possible.  The meticulous research by Rock Band™ designers into the musical equipment used by the Beatles in the game’s montage of animated performances that trace the group from its Liverpool beginnings to its final London rooftop performance in 1969, is reflected in the detail of the Gretsch Duo Jet replica controller and various digital depictions of Gretsch guitars seen in the game.


“Fred & Joe Show” Summer Tour Recap

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Redbone Guitar Boutique - Gretsch Day 043It’s not at all unusual to see Gretsch guitars being played by major artists on summer tours at venues across the country. But it is a little unusual when the man whose name is on those guitars is also on tour. But that’s exactly what Fred W. Gretsch has been doing this past summer.

In the company of Gretsch guitar marketing manager Joe Carducci, Fred has been visiting Gretsch guitar retailers from coast to coast.  Dubbed “The Fred & Joe Show,” the tour has provided Gretsch enthusiasts with a chance to get to know Fred Gretsch — up close and personal — in a casual open forum.  The tour has also been celebrating the music that the Gretsch family has been a part of since their guitar production began in the 1930s.  At each stop, Fred has shared behind-the-scenes stories, as well as recalling great musical performances that helped catapult the iconic family business to prominence.


Gretsch Family Supports Arts Camp for Kids

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Gretsch Institute Summer Camp 2009Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in funding for early education. Programs across the country have been slashed, particularly in the area of arts education. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children.

Recognizing this fact, Fred and Dinah Gretsch recently took extraordinary steps to ensure that the children of Savannah, Ga. are given an opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.

With the help of generous support from The Gretsch Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp was held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. This unique camp offered rising 2nd through 8th graders an opportunity to expand their creativity and their artistic skills through an inspiring multi-dimensional arts curriculum. Small-group settings paired students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp.

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