Summer Nashville NAMM – 2002! Music City America

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.”

Gretsch Guitar dealers and players also had their share of beauties to feast on, including: Falcons, Tennessee Roses Jets, 6120’s and Artist models, just to mention a few. Duane Eddy stopped by to check on his namesake and sample some new guitars. The Anniversary Junior 6118 was a little guy that got particular attention. It stands out; sporting a smoke green finish and pearl inlay headstock, all fashioned from the 50’s. The Big Acoustic Rancher was also a real eye catcher. With its distinctive triangle sound hole and western style, this favorite is known for a big sound. Those interested in cool solid bodies were more than happy to “paw” one of the many Jets. The single cut-away Champagne Sparkle Jet was however, the visitors choice.

New to the booth, were samples from the much anticipated Gretsch Store. Shirts, Hats, coffee cups, and catalogs were on display for the Gretsch enthusiast. For the first time, Gretsch fans can now purchase apparel and accessories on-line. The embroidered denim drum shirt was one of the store items in particular that caught quite a few looks….comfy! Look for new merchandise as the store builds.

All in all it was another strong showing for the good people at Gretsch.

This coming year, Gretsch will celebrate a 120 year milestone! From its early beginnings as a modest shop in Brooklyn, Fred Gretsch and Company have continued to manufacture some of the finest instruments known. With that tradition, Gretsch enjoys the legacy of not only “That Great Gretsch Sound” but also curved out its own slice of “Americana”.

Go Gretsch!

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