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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) likes to play “really loud rock!”
Headline News Talks with Stan While on Tour

October 16th, 2001

Story by UEC

Stan Frazier say’s he likes to go out on tour and play “really loud rock”. Who wouldn’t? Stan’s gettin’ plenty of time to do just that as part of the Southern California pop-rockster’s known as Sugar Ray. The band has been out on tour in support of their fourth self-titled effort, “Sugar Ray”. “We still like to go out and bash our heads” Stan explained however, he enjoys other things too such as golf and cooking.

The “heads” Stan is referring to are those of he and his band-mates thrashing with the fans as they rock across the states, in full tour mode. “Rock & Roll is the only job where you show up for work, and there’s four cases of beer….at your desk!” Read the rest of this entry »

The “New Jet” Gretsch Guitars! Smooth, Sleek and Sexy!

October 11th, 2001

Story by UEC

Smooth, sleek and sexy are the new Jet 6114 guitars from Gretsch! They embrace all that makes a modern guitar classic; simple clean lines and a straight-up, solid body electric setup. Outfitted with TV Jones Dual FilterTron pickups, Tune-O-Matic bridge and a G-stop tailpiece; the sound is pure Gretsch – trademark Kerrang!

The lightweight mahogany body is capped with a carved maple top and flame maple laminate to create the perfect balance between tone, beauty and player comfort. The finish is a silky smooth, deep clear gloss over a see-through-stain of either vibrant red or antique maple. The appearance is absolutely stunning! The 2-pc mahogany neck has an immediate, old-friend feel and is fitted with an ebonized rosewood fingerboard and the classic Gretsch “Humped” block inlays. The 24.6″ scale makes string bending smooth and effortless over the finely finished jumbo frets. Read the rest of this entry »

Pete Townshend Discovers Gretsch Magic!
A Gift From Joe Walsh Makes History

October 10th, 2001

Story by UEC

Did you know that Pete Townshend developed his “new” sound when buddy, Joe Walsh gave him a Gretsch 6120? Pete recorded both the incredible classics “Who’s Next” and “Quadrophenia” records exclusively with his new Gretsch setup! Read the rest of this entry »

Win Your Own Full Set Of Beatles Gear!
The Beatles Gear Giveaway!

October 6th, 2001

Backbeat Books and Music Player Network Present:


Story by UEC

George Gretsch 6122-62 Celebrate with us, the release of Backbeat Books, “BEATLES GEAR”, the definitive history of the Beatle’s Instruments by Andy Babiuk. The first and only story of all the instruments played by all the Beatles, of course including many Gretsch Guitars. George Harrison is widely known for having a career-long love affair with his Gretsch guitars.

Get the first book ever to tell the stories behind the guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, amplifiers, effects – everything The Beatles used to become the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Read the rest of this entry »

New Rancher Is Truly – Sweet Sixteen!
Traditional Gretsch Meets 2001!

September 16th, 2001

Mixing tradition dating back to the 1930s with new millennium tastes, Gretsch introduces a new line of 16-inch Jumbo Ranchers in multiple eye-catching translucent colors. This solid Spruce top guitar with Maple back and sides features a bound French-style triangular soundhole, and neoclassic (half moon) inlay fret markers. This incredibly comfortable guitar is the perfect size for playing on stage, or strumming alone.

Masterfully stained, these guitars are finished with a clear coat that is polished to a perfect mirror gloss providing an intense and dazzling color display while enabling the beautiful grain and figure of the various woods to show through. Color choices currently available are: Natural, Purple, Regal Blue, Candy Apple Red, Tangerine, Anniversary Two-Tone Green, Gretsch Orange and Tobacco Sunburst. This guitar is then elegantly framed by flawless multiple bindings. Read the rest of this entry »

Gretsch Presents Guitar Clinics Featuring Tom Jones of TV Jones Guitars!

September 12th, 2001

Story by UEC

Tom Jones – TVJones Gretsch Guitars is proud to present Tom Jones, of TV Jones Guitars, in several small, informative clinics in the Southern California area. The clinics will cover basic guitar setup, operation, customizing and how to get the most out of your Gretsch guitar!

Some of the topics that Tom will discuss include how the basic Gretsch components work, such as their unique switches and controls. Tom will discuss the wide variety of pickups available and how they differ. He will talk about how to adjust your pickups and fine tune them for optimum performance. He will also cover bridge adjustments, saddle alignment, intonation as well as what happens when you change string gauges and how to make truss rod adjustments to compensate. To demonstrate some of these tips and techniques, Tom will perform an actual setup on a stock Gretsch guitar. Read the rest of this entry »