August 5th, 2005
By Jennifer Koehler
Charles “Duke” Kramer, also known as “Mr. Guitar Man,” was pivotal in making Gretsch electric guitars what they are today – for guitar aficionados, they are synonymous with quality workmanship and a unique acoustic, breathy sound. Artists such as Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer have made the guitars famous.
Even though he couldn’t play a lick, “The Silver Duke” Gretsch guitar was named after him. Need a Gretsch guitar? No problem. An out-of-commission silver or gold knob? No problem. Mr. Kramer was the man who knew anything and everything about Gretsch guitars. Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2005
Anaheim, CA January ‘05
With approximately 80,000 registrants, this year’s NAMM Show broke attendance records for the second straight year. 1,428 exhibiting companies gathered from over 90 countries. Musical products from around the globe were showcased for all to see, play, and buy.
The Gretsch Company enjoyed its annual visit to sunny southern California as one of the more historic registrants at this year’s 103rd NAMM. With 3 booth locales, Gretsch exhibited their much sought after guitars, drums, and trademark merchandise in celebration of “That Great Gretsch Sound.” Read the rest of this entry »
January 1st, 2005
January 1, 2005
Gretsch Celebrates 100th, 125th & 150th Birthdays of Early Founders/Presidents
Gretsch The Fred Gretsch Musical Instrument Company proudly announces a two-year long celebration commemorating the births of its first three founding fathers/presidents. Gretsch will spend 2005 & 2006 paying homage to three forefathers of not only Gretsch but to the entire music industry.
Music lovers are invited to join Gretsch in celebrating the birth anniversaries of its first three presidents. The year 2005 marks the 125th birth anniversary of Fred Gretsch Sr. and the 100th birth anniversary of Fred Gretsch Jr. The year 2006 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Immigrant Founder Friedrich Gretsch. Read the rest of this entry »
August 13th, 2004
Written by Jeremiah Stermer
Courtesy of Vintage Drummer Magazine
Gretcsh Drums When I was born (that is, completed as a Gretsch drum set) in the summer of 1963, the sun was beaming in through the windows of the Brooklyn New York factory, setting my champagne sparkle ablaze with dazzle. I’m a four piece set comprised of a 5 x 14 chrome snare, a 9 x 13 tom tom, a 16 x 16 floor tom, and my heart is a 14 x 20 bass drum. My player-I call my owner my player because that’s the relation we had. Since, on one hand, he could certainly say I owned him, based solely on my irresistibility-so, my player had visited my birth place, the Gretsch factory, a month or so earlier. He and his Gretsch guitar-playing friend hooked out of school in Baltimore, hopped on a train to Manhattan and walked to the factory. I know back then you could just show up at Gretsch and if you asked nicely they would proudly take you on a factory tour. Read the rest of this entry »
July 6th, 2004
Summer Namm 2004
The Gretsch Company made its annual trip to Nashville one more time as part of Summer NAMM 2004. Next years Namm Show is scheduled for Indianapolis, Indiana. Gretsch has always had a special kinship to the Music City and all the fine artists that call “The Home of Country Music”, their home. From the inspired songwriters to the Grand ole Opry to the music printers down the “Alley” and the pickers on Broadway; Nashville has enjoyed the ultimate music tradition. In its own way, Gretsch too, has been part of that tradition.
Knowing that this was the last show in Nashville made for a bitter-sweet, however productive, Summer Namm. All the fine Gretsch instruments were on display throughout three booth locations. Our exclusive worldwide drum distributors, KAMAN, offered information and samples on all the latest Gretsch Drum lines including USA Maple and Custom Series, Renowned, Signature, Catalina, and BlackHawk. Also featured were LTD 70’s and New Duco finished Limited Kits from Gretsch. Read the rest of this entry »
June 22nd, 2004
Atlanta, GA – Summer ‘04
The Gretsch Company has contributed an extensive historical exhibit of musical instruments and company artifacts for display at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. The exhibit, organized with The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, is located in Concourse T of the Delta Terminal and stretches for over 300 feet. It is expected to be on display for several months.
Like the State Museum in Macon, the exhibit includes performance outfits, photos, instruments and various career memorabilia of Georgia’s most cherished artists. Some of the items on display from Gretsch include guitar models such as the White Falcon, Anniversary, Nashville and Artist Signature Series; Bo Diddley, Elliot Easton and Brian Setzer Hot Rod. Drum fans will find an authentic Tony Williams Signature Series drum kit on display. A historical documentary video that encompasses the 120 years of That Great Gretsch Sound will run continuously throughout the event. Read the rest of this entry »
January 10th, 2004
Anaheim, CA January ‘04
With 1,340 companies exhibiting, this year’s Winter Namm Show was the largest attended ever. The allure of new gear and warm weather, made sunny California the place to be during a monumentally cold January. Music Industry people packed the convention center floor for the four-day event.
This year, Gretsch Products were on display throughout the convention center. The much sought after Gretsch Guitars hung upstairs in the Fender Room. Among the many new and updated models issued for 2004 was a beautiful US Custom Shop White Falcon. Very Pretty! Gretsch Drums were featured at the Kaman Music Booth in Hall B. Several new model variations and color combinations were on display as well as the impressive new Catalog for 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
December 20th, 2003
from the Gretsch House Telegram
Richard “Dick” Gretsch
The youngest of three brothers, Richard Francis Gretsch, nicknamed Dick, was born in 1908. He grew up with his brothers Bill and Fred in the family home in Forest Hills, NY.
Dick remembers trips to Europe with his father, to their offices in Paris and Germany, where they traveled by ship in those days. These trips could last up to a month, and the brothers would take turns traveling with their father. The boys also enjoyed train trips to the Gretsch office in Chicago. When not working, the brothers also took turns caddying for their father when he played golf, which, Dick tells us, he did “quite often.” Their father would pay them $1 plus a 25-cent tip. Read the rest of this entry »