Archive for the ‘Gretsch News’ Category

Legendary Big Band Drummer First to Utilize Double-bass Drums.

Friday, August 24th, 2001

Story by UEC

Louie Bellson is considered one of the most talented and versatile drummers of the Big Band Era and has worked with the most respected names in the business including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey. He is also credited with the invention of the two-bass drum kit.

Louie recalls how his collaboration with Gretsch helped launch his original ideas for a double bass drum kit and a revolving drum platform.

It was around 1946 when he approached the Gretsch Drum Company with his idea for a double bass drum set with multiple toms. The typical drum set of the day was a standard four piece kit. After his idea was turned down by other drum companies, Louie showed the idea to Gretsch. “I was criticized for my idea for a double bass set up. A lot of other companies weren’t too excited about constructing this kit. They said ‘What is this guy up to? What is that? He should go to the moon with Buck Rogers on that.’ Gretsch was with me all the way on it. They said ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll make it.’…”

Soon after Bellson began using the new double bass set-up he joined the Benny Goodman Band and later joined Tommy Dorsey. “When I joined Tommy Dorsey in 1947, he loved this set up. Plus we had a revolving platform that was my idea, too. When I’d play a drum solo, Tommy would push a button and turn me around.”

Chet Atkins Was One of the Most Respected Musicians of the Last Half Century. He Won 14 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award!

Monday, August 20th, 2001

Story by UEC

Chet Atkins died on Saturday morning, June 30th, 2001, at his home in Nashville, TN, after battling cancer for several years. His Funeral was held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, July 3rd and his eulogy was delivered by good friend and “Prairie Home Companion” radio host Garrison Keillor.

Thanks for all the great years Chet … from the Gretsch family.

Chet Atkins Chet Atkins was one of the most popular and best respected musicians of the last half century. He won 14 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at age 49, making him the youngest inductee ever. (more…)

Gretsch Drum Artist Gregg Stocki Records With Billy Bob Thornton

Wednesday, August 15th, 2001

Story by UEC

Gretsch endorser, Gregg Stocki recently recorded with Hollywood’s Billy Bob Thornton for an Album titled “Private Radio” on Lost Highway Records. The Actor’s project is scheduled for released on Sept.11. Joining Gregg for the session was fellow band mate Steve Arnold, also with Marty Stuarts’s Band. Both are seen here in the photo taken at Thornton’s LA studio with Billy Bob and Matt Damon. “I don’t think he[Matt] plays an instrument but I did give him a few tambourine lessons so he could participate in the jam we had at the end of the day” as Gregg recalls.

Gregg explains how he got involved…”We originally got hooked up with Billy when we did the score for his yet to be released film entitled ‘Daddy and Them.’ It stars Billy, Laura Dern, Andy Griffith, Jim Varney, John Prine and Kelly Preston. We’ve since done another movie called ‘Waking Up in Reno’ which should be out this fall.” (more…)

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 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