Elliot Easton Visits Gretsch Factory Hilton Head Concert With CCR

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Did You Know that Jeff Porcaro Preferred Gretsch Drums in the Studio?

July 10th, 2002

Jeff Porcaro’s music lives on 10 years after his sudden death in August of 1992. The excerpt below is taken from the August 2002 issue of Modern Drummer. In the article, Jeff’s long-time drum tech talks about the gifted musicians’ set up and his almost exclusive use of Gretsch drums in the studio.

Modern Drummer – August 2002

Paul Jamieson, who now runs Paul Jamieson Studio Rentals, worked with Jeff from 1975 through 1988. He was Jeff’s drum tech and confidante. Although Jeff always shied away from talking about equipment in his interviews, Jamieson says he definitely had certain preferences and pet peeves.

“When we recorded the first Toto album at Studio 55, he used one of my Gretsch drumsets, which were the same sizes as the Ludwig kit. He played Gretsch drums in the studio from that minute on. From there, I built him a Gretsch kit that he used on Boz’s tours. Read the rest of this entry »

GretschStore.com…Now Open!

July 4th, 2002

The Gretsch Company is happy to announce the opening of the Gretsch Online Store, www.gretschstore.com.

Players and enthusiasts can now enjoy a piece of the Gretsch tradition with apparel, accessories and collectibles. All merchandise will feature the original designs and logos that identify Gretsch as an American Classic. This stuff is cool!

The Online Store is the only place you’ll find this exclusive merchandise that celebrates over 100 years of Gretsch. Whether it’s a Drum T-shirt or a Guitar Catalog circa 1950, you’ll definitely find what you need at the Online Store. Many items are available only in limited production and may not be re-produced.

Be sure to visit often as new products will be added and you won’t want to miss a thing. We’re just getting started!


Your Official Home for Gretsch Merchandise!

John Entwistle, Gone But Not Forgotten
Bassist for the rock band The Who

June 27th, 2002

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

John Entwistle LAS VEGAS (AP) – John Entwistle, the bassist for the rock band The Who, was found dead Thursday in his hotel room of an apparent heart attack. He was 57.

Entwistle, a founding member of the band, stood out because he played without emotion, a stark contrast to the antics of lead guitarist Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win This Great Gretsch Drum Gear!

May 2nd, 2002

Kaman Music and Drum Magazine have gotten together to create this incredible Gretsch drum giveaway. You can get more information and complete an entry form by picking up a copy of the latest issue of Drum Magazine. You may enter as many times as you wish, but only one bound-in entry card per issue will be accepted per respondent. The drawing will take place September 9th 2002, so get your entries in early! Read the rest of this entry »

Elliot Easton Exclusive Interview
Picking Up The Guitar At Age 3!

April 24th, 2002

As lead guitarist for 18 years with The Cars. Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones and an uncanny ear for creating “hooks” on pop records.

He is also an enthusiastic fan of the guitar itself, and for many years has been a presence in vintage guitar circles, Texas vintage shows, NAMM etc.

In recent years Elliot has recorded and performed with many respected artists and is currently working with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revisted.

Gretsch Headline News caught up with Elliot on his recent CCR tour for this exclusive interview. Read the rest of this entry »

The Stylish Spectra Sonic Line
Designed by Tom “TV” Jones

March 15th, 2002

These stylish guitars were originally hand made by Tom “TV” Jones for guitarist extraordinaire, Brian Setzer. Tom collaborated with Rich Modica, Brian’s long time guitar technician, to create these supremely playable, innovative and aesthetically engaging guitars. Tom then worked with Gretsch to determine how these instruments could be put into production and still maintain the unique qualities that make them so special.

Now available are the beautiful Spectra Sonic guitars in a striking black finish with uniquely-shaped white pickguard, chrome hardware and custom-made TV Jones pickups.

Spectra Sonic Lead
model: G6143

Spectra Sonic C Melody
model: G6144

Spectra Sonic Bass
model: G6145

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation Honors Legendary Promoter Frank Barsalona

March 11th, 2002

On March 11th, 2002 in New York City, The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation honored the legendary Frank Barsalona with their 15th annual Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the music industry. Frank Barsalona is the renowned promoter and agent who, through hard work and perseverance, helped create rock-n-roll as we know it today. Working initially with historic bands such as The Who and Jimi Hendrix to some of the greatest acts today like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, Frank Barsalona has worked with just about everyone in the business.

The Award was presented to Frank during a private dinner and auction at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The award presenters included Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen as well as a video appearances by Pete Townshend and several others. Read the rest of this entry »