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75th Anniversary Gretsch – American Drums
Honoring America and the American Worker

Saturday, January 5th, 2002

75th Anniversary Gretsch-American Drum Series honors America and the American worker with three colorful Red,White, & Blue designs.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic, Ford produced their fifteen millionth Model T, the first “talking” motion picture was released, and the Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Company introduced the historic GRETSCH-AMERICAN drum series. Now, 75 years later, The Gretsch Drum Company is introducing a new GRETSCH-AMERICAN drum series with three special red, white, and blue patriotic finishes at the Winter 2002 NAMM Show.

The three unique designs were developed by the Gretsch Drum Factory team of Gene Haugh, Paul Cooper, Lena Thomas, and Fred Gretsch, President of The Gretsch Company. Two Gretsch drum endorsers, Harvey Mason and Vinnie Colaiuta, who will have limited-edition snare drum models, also submitted their input as well as encouragement to the re-release of the GRETSCH-AMERICAN drum series. For each Harvey Mason and Vinnie Colaiuta model sold, Gretsch will make a donation to the New York City Relief Fund for the victims and families of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. (more…)

The Gretsch-American Drum Team
Continues a Long Held Family Tradition

Friday, January 4th, 2002

Drum Series Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

The Gretsch Drum Company is one of the oldest music companies in America and has been manufacturing high-quality drums by hand with the best materials available since 1883. Drum innovations and product development “firsts” are also a rich part of Gretsch’s long musical history.

Fred Gretsch Sr In the early 1920’s, under the visionary leadership of Fred Gretsch, Sr., the son of founder Friedrich Gretsch, the Brooklyn-based Gretsch Company developed and perfected the multi ply drum lamination process. This revolutionary new construction method had tremendous advantages over the then-current method of steam bending wood. Drum shells and hoops were not only lighter, but were more perfectly round and stronger. In fact, Gretsch was the first drum company to guarantee their hoops and shells to hold their perfect round and not warp. (more…)

Welcome Back Beautiful Tennessee Rose
This Single Cutaway Hollowbody

Thursday, January 3rd, 2002

The 1962 Tennessee Rose is a radically different instrument from its late fifties, early sixties predecessors. This guitar is a faithful re-creation of the early sixties Electrotone hollow-body guitar with a single, not double, cutaway body. The Tennessee Rose (known as the Tennessean in the sixties) was the most basic of Gretsch’s sixties hollow body line up with the Country Gentleman and Nashville.

The 1962 Tennessee Rose reissue has a distinctive dark cherry red, hand-polished finish. The guitar’s maple laminate body is 16″ wide and 2″ deep with simulated f-hole top. Gretsch has also brought back the original sixties vintage HiLo’Tron pickups. The HiLo’Trons are single coiled pickups that bring “Brilliant highs” and “Mellow lows” giving an extra lively response to this wonderful Tennessean sound. (more…)

Current President, Fred W. Gretsch
started assembling drums very early in life!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002

Did You Know??

Fred Gretsch, Sr., his grandson & current owner Fred W. Gretsch, & his son Fred Gretsch, Jr.

Fred Gretsch, Sr. was only fifteen years old when he took over his father’s company.

It’s hard to imagine a fifteen year old wearing knickers and owning a growing music manufacturing company with twelve employees. But Fred Gretsch, Sr. wasn’t your typical teenager. (more…)

George Harrison … The Beatles’ Quiet Lead Guitarist

Wednesday, November 21st, 2001

Story by UEC

LOS ANGELES (AP) – George Harrison, the Beatles’ quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer who added both rock ‘n’ roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band’s timeless magic, has died. He was 58.

Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a friend’s Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. Harrison’s wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 24, were with him. (more…)

Gretsch introduces 6120N Nashville
Beautiful New Model Makes Debut

Thursday, November 15th, 2001

Story by UEC

This gorgeous new Nashville is guaranteed to make your mouth water! She features a beautiful, maple body with arched top and back finished in classic “Gretsch” orange. One of the first things you’ll notice when you set your eyes upon this beauty is the clean, deep cutaway – which allows full, easy access right up to the top of the fingerboard. The neck is 2-pc maple, fitted with an ebonized, rosewood fingerboard, humped block inlays, white celluloid binding and 22 smooth jumbo frets.

The 6120N is equipped with all of the classic Gretsch hardware and electronic furnishings including master volume, master tone, pickup selector switch, individual volume controls, Dual FilterTron pickups, gold hardware, adjustamatic bridge and a Bigsby Vibrato! (more…)

Fred Gretsch Visits Tokyo Music Fair
With A Focus On New Drum Business

Monday, November 12th, 2001

Fred Gretsch, President of the Gretsch Company traveled to Tokyo in October to visit the Tokyo Music Fair, check the market, and visit with customers.

One important focus of the trip was the Gretsch Drum Business. Mr. Gretsch spoke with many exhibitors at the Fair who distribute drums. By good fortune he met Mr. Akio Matzuki an individual with many years of experience in the drum trade in Japan and he had the opportunity to tour the Fair exhibits with him. (more…)

Jeff Beck finds Cliff in an old Gretsch!
New “Mystery Train” Recording Is Proof

Wednesday, November 7th, 2001

Story by UEC

Did you know that Jeff Beck recorded his version of “Mystery Train” on the new release, “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records”, with a Gretsch Duo Jet! A recent review of the record from Guitar One Magazine says, “Moment of Truth: Jeff Beck and Chrissie Hynde, “Mystery Train”, Beck shows off his Cliff Gallup influence with some flashy yet tasty electric fingerstyle licks soaked in slapback delay. Jeff Beck’s Gear: Gretsch Duo Jet straight through a Fender Bassman.

This is not Jeff’s first encounter with a flying Gretsch! Jeff was able to capture the authentic “Cliff Gallup” sound when he discovered a couple of old Duo Jets! Here in his own words, Jeff discusses both the unique sounding Duo Jets and his early influence from “hero” Cliff Gallup. (more…)