You Asked For It and Now You Got It

June 24th, 2009

Thanks for celebrating our 125th anniversary with us last year. As we kick off the next 125 years, we wanted to give Gretsch.com a hot new custom finish — just the way our friends wanted it. So we put it out to vote, and in just a few days, nearly a thousand Gretsch friends from around the world voted for the “look” they liked the most, and here it is, in all its glory. In case you didn’t see the other designs, here they are:

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Gretsch Roadshow visits Street Sounds in Brooklyn New York!

June 13th, 2009
Fred Gretsch, Rocky Schiano & Joe Carducci

Fred Gretsch, Rocky Schiano & Joe Carducci

We are live from Street Sounds, located in the heart of historic Brooklyn – just a “stones throw” from the Gretsch Company’s original home. upon our arrival we’re immediately greeted at the door with a friendly welcome and VIP pass from store owner, Rocky Schiano. Today the Gretsch Roadshow visits Street Sounds!

Gretsch Guitar fanatics of all ages pack the well-stocked store in anticipation as current Gretsch Guitar Marketing manager, Joe Carducci and Gretsch Company President, Fred W. Gretsch discuss the vast history of “That Great Gretsch Sound.” All in attendance were treated to a visual presentation that acknowledged the many fine Gretsch employees and artists, both past and present. Highlights included Mr. Gretsch’s personal reflections on some of his memorable family experiences with both. The presentation also included inspirational video clips of historic Gretsch Artist moments with special commentary by both Fred and Joe.

Later, Fred treated all to the infamous “Two Dollar Bill” trivia contest; a company tradition started by his uncle, Fred Gretsch Junior. Here the audience got a chance to try their luck answering the many music industry trivia questions as special prizes were awarded. This was followed by a toast to Brooklyn; an homage to the great boro and birth place of Gretsch. The event ended with an impromptu autograph session where Fred personally met everyone in attendance.

All in all, it was a very special day! Thanks to the Gretsch Company for arranging the event and proprietor Rocky Schiano for hosting the event.

Check the schedule for a Gretsch Road Show event near you. Next time you’re in Brooklyn, stop into “Street Sounds” and say “Hello” to Rocky — you’ll get that big New York smile!!

GRETSCH GUITARS SUMMER ROADSHOW 2009
DATE LOCATION
June 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
Street Sounds
9206 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-314-8647
www.streetsoundsnyc.com
June 26, 2009
Time: TBD
Sweetwater Sound
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
206-432-8176
www.sweetwater.com
June 27, 2009
Time: TBD
Sweetwater Sound
5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
206-432-8176
www.sweetwater.com
July 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM
Redbone Guitars
4343 McCullough
San Antonio, TX 78212
210-822-4111
www.redboneguitar.com
August 1, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
House of Guitars
645 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY 14617
585-544-3500
www.houseofguitars.com
August 8, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM
Cream City
12505 W. Bluemound Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005
262-860-1800
www.creamcitymusic.com
August 15, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
Dave’s Guitar
1227 3rd St South
LaCrosse, WI 54601
608-785-7704
www.creamcitymusic.com
August 22, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
Rainbow Guitar
2550 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-325-3376
www.rainbowguitars.com
August 29, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
West LA Music
3501 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angela, CA 90068
323-845-1145
www.westlamusic.com

Sixth Generation Gretsch Family Member, Calvin “Rane” Gretsch to visit Gretsch Japan Dealer

June 10th, 2009

Sixth generation Gretsch family member, Calvin “Rane” Gretsch, will be traveling to Japan this month to meet and greet customers during a visit to Gretsch Guitar and Drum dealers.

Rane will be accompanied by well known guitar & pickup manufacturer, TV Jones as they tour throughout Japan. Some of the younger musicians may find it very interesting to meet a member of their generation within a company that has been in business for over 125 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Gretsch Celebrates Downbeat’s History . . . And Its Own

June 9th, 2009

In a nifty message-within-a-message concept, the Gretsch Company recently took out a two-page spread in Downbeat magazine’s July issue to congratulate the publication on its 75th anniversary. A personal note from company president Fred W. Gretsch touts Downbeat’s importance as the chronicler of music history. This note mirrors a similar one offered in 1954 by then-president Fred Gretsch Jr. on the occasion of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.

Fred W. Gretsch’s new message goes on to point out the long-standing connection between Gretsch and Downbeat, and how so much of the history that the magazine has covered involved Gretsch artists. These points are underscored by a decade-by-decade display of Gretsch ads that ran in Downbeat from the 1950s through the 2000s. The ads feature such legendary artists as drummers Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones, as well as guitarists Chet Atkins, Freddie Green and Roy Clarke.

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Gretsch Institute MUSIC, ART & DANCE CAMP 2009 Provides Children an Opportunity to Explore the Arts Like Never Before

June 3rd, 2009

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Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in educational funding in general, and arts funding in particular. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children. Accordingly, Fred and Dinah Gretsch are taking steps to ensure that the children of Savannah have an unprecedented opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.

Thanks to generous support from the Gretsch Music Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp will be held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. Launched in the summer of 2008, this unique camp offers 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 pair students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp. Read the rest of this entry »

Gretsch To Display Century Award Badge

June 2nd, 2009

The Gretsch Company is now proudly displaying the official Cox Century Award insignia badge on all company communications. The Savannah-based manufacturer of drums and guitars was presented with the award as part of the Georgia Family Business of the Year Award program.

The Cox Century Award recognizes companies that are one hundred years old or more. The Gretsch Company was chosen because of its 125-year history as a family-owned operation, its importance within the worldwide music industry, and its contributions to the Georgia business community. Read the rest of this entry »

Gretsch Guitars Present The “Fred & Joe Show” At Gretsch Dealers Throughout The United States

May 28th, 2009

Gretsch enthusiasts will have the chance to celebrate the music Gretsch has been a part of since their guitar production began in the 1930s. What better way to pay tribute than to have, in-person-the man himself, Fred Gretsch III, and Gretsch marketing honcho, Joe Carducci-sharing the behind-the-scenes stories and musical performances that helped catapult the iconic family business to prominence.

Patrons will be transported through time with a multi-media presentation of sights and sounds including rare Gretsch family archive photos and mind blowing guitar footage from past and future legends. Also featured will be Fred’s famous “$2 Quiz” where Gretsch trivia questions are posed and the person with the correct answer wins a crisp $2 bill. This is the chance to get to know Fred Gretsch up-close-and-personal in a casual open forum at a local Gretsch dealer. Read the rest of this entry »

Bigsby Exhibits at United States Patent & Trademark Expo

May 24th, 2009

The Bigsby Division of the Gretsch Company was honored to participate at the 2009 Trademark Expo presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The event was held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on May 8th and 9th. The goal of the annual Expo is to educate the public about the important role that trademarks and patents play in our society and global marketplace.

Over 7,000 visitors were said to have attended the two-day Expo that featured seminars on the basics of trademarks, what every small business should know about intellectual property, and counterfeiting and piracy. The event opened with loud applause as a cast of iconic trademark costumed characters including Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl and The Cat in the Hat were introduced. The Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass Quintet played classic American anthems. Congressman Jim Moran spoke and presented a plaque to USPTO officials containing remarks he introduced into the Congressional Record hailing the National Trademark Expo. He then joined Acting USPTO Director, John Doll and Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations, Debbie Cohn to cut the opening ribbon along with the help of Dennis the Menace and Curious George! Read the rest of this entry »