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Welcome to the New Leedy!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

The Leedy Drum Company was founded in 1895!

The strength of the Leedy legacy stands as a tribute to the founder, Ulysses G. Leedy. U.G. Leedy began his career as a professional percussionist in the 1890s. His personal need for instrument improvements led him to begin crafting his own. A good example is his first product, the folding drum stand. (Snare drums were hung on slings or placed on chairs until Leedy developed the stand.) Fellow musicians, quick to recognize the value and quality of Leedy,s creations, convinced him to start a business. With only $50.00 startup cash, Leedy set up a small shop in his Indianapolis apartment in 1898 and began making snare drum stands, then snare drums. Within two years he was able to buy four lots and build his first factory building.

Recognizing the value and prestige of the Leedy name, Gretsch has taken carefully measured steps in bringing Leedy back into the marketplace. At the 2003 Anaheim NAMM show, 25 new Leedy drums were displayed and received an overwhelming response. Gretsch expects to begin shipping the new Leedy drums to expectant dealers and their customers in mid-2003.

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Sho-Bud Pedal Steel Guitars
Official Website

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

Gretsch launches Sho-Bud website as official source for information about the popular pedal steel brand.

Click here to visit the new Sho-Bud website.

Gretsch & Fender Join Forces
Iconic Companies Ink Global Deal

Monday, August 19th, 2002

Monday August 19, 2002

Iconic Companies Ink Deal, Take Gretsch To Global Level

SAVANNAH, GA – Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. (Gretsch) and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), proudly announce today that the two companies have entered into an agreement wherein Gretsch has granted FMIC the exclusive rights to develop, produce, market and distribute Gretsch guitars worldwide.

As part of the deal, which is effective as of January 1, 2003, FMIC will be responsible for all aspects of the Gretsch stringed instrument product lines and brand names, including Gretsch® guitars and basses, Synchromatic® guitars, Electromatic® guitars and Gretsch’s line of parts and accessories. Development of future new products, including Gretsch branded amplifiers, is also a part of the deal. (more…)

Rock Drum Great Carmine Appice Recorded Early Hits With Gretsch

Saturday, August 17th, 2002

Did you know that legendary hard rock drummer Carmine Appice recorded classics like the Vanilla Fudge hit “You Keep Me Hanging On” with a Gretsch Kit?

Carmine has played with everybody from Jeff Beck to Ozzy Osbourne. Chances are, that if you’ve seen just one Heavy Rock Show in the last 30 years, Carmine was that guy poundin’ the skins behind some BIG kit.

You may not know that his legacy goes back as far as 1963. He’s seen here with some hip band “The 3 Beeets”. OK, he’s the guy in the middle with the sticks! And yes, that is a Gretsch Kit; the same one he apparently used with Vanilla Fudge during the recording of the classic “You Keep Me Hanging On”. I know you don’t need me to tell you, that’s some serious Gretsch trivia.

Excerpts from this article originally appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Tour With Gretsch Guitars

Wednesday, August 7th, 2002

Legendary rockers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recently finished a successful Spring Tour of the US. With a few stops in Canada, the tour rolled through over 40(no pun intended) venues in a little over 2 months. The nearly 4 hour performances were true “concert events” capturing the bands’ greatest and latest tunes. Those in attendance were treated with acoustic and electric sets, and as always, powerful harmonies.

Both Stephen Stills and Neil Young were seen playing their Gretsch Guitars: New White Falcons , a classic Nashville, and even an old Stereo Falcon. Young was also working the Bigsby during classic jams like “Southern Man” and “Cinnamon Girl”; in full Rock mode. “He was wailin’ on the guitar during the entire electric set…the band was really tight, and the vocals were dead on” said Joe Savage, a dedicated CSNY fan who attended the first Philly Show. (more…)

Gretsch “Setup And Play” Drumsets
Talk About User Friendly!

Monday, August 5th, 2002

If you’re eager to get playing on some nifty new gear, Kaman Music Corporation (manufacturer and worldwide distributor of Gretsch drum products) has a deal for you. Their new “Set Up and Play” drumset packages feature Gretsch drums, Gibraltar hardware, and Sabian cymbals.

With an eye to affordability, the new packages offer the most popular Gretsch Blackhawk, Catalina Elite, Catalina Stage, and Renown Maple series shell packs, Gibraltar 5600 and 6600 series hardware, and the player’s choice of Sabian Solar, B8, B8 Pro, and Pro Sonix Performance Pack cymbal sets. The packages give the drummer an opportunity to build a complete drumset with cymbals, featuring top percussion brands and added-value savings. Retail prices for “Set Up And Play” packages start at $999.

Also from Gretsch is word that new production schedules have been set up to drastically reduce lead time of the more popular colors and configurations from the Custom Series offering. The new Custom Drum Shell Bank offers the most popular drumset configurations in Gretsch’s high-gloss lacquer finishes. Delivery time will now be reduced to six weeks from the previous figure of twenty-four. In addition, all Nitron covered single drums in classic sparkles, pearls, and solid finishes will now be delivered within ten weeks from order date.

Summer Nashville NAMM – 2002! Music City America

Monday, July 22nd, 2002

Gretsch Booth – 1003

Gretsch Yes, it was another hot time hanging on the corner in Nashville with Gretsch at booth 1003. Folks from all over stopped by to say “hi” and check out all the Gretsch Products including: Drums, Guitars and Gear.

Those interested in the finest drums on the planet were treated to Custom Series, Grand Prix Walnut, Jazz Blue Pearls and of course, the legendary 6 ply snares; second-to-none in the business. It was a real treat for those who appreciate hand workmanship using the best materials; continuing in the Gretsch tradition since 1883. We happened to hear a great player lay down some beats on a USA Maple kit with a satin blue oil finish. Hands down, it was the best sounding kit on the floor: the kick was round and warm….tight(in the pocket) snare…..the toms were full and perfectly balanced….The overall sound can best be described as “satisfying.” (more…)

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…)