Here are some highlights so far from 2015:
Summer Philly Guitar Show – 7/27 & 7/28
The Summer Philly Guitar Show took place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on June 27 and 28. A special treat on exhibit this year was an original 1950s Bigsby mandolin. Check out the Bigsby wrap-up story with photos!
Gretsch Day at Street Sounds – 5/30/15
A special Gretsch Day event was held at Street Sounds in Brooklyn to help celebrate Fred Gretsch’s 50th year in the music business and was a huge success!! Thanks to Rocky and crew, Joe Carducci, Gretsch artists, and all who attended. Read the recap.
Tacoma Guitar Festival – 5/17/15
Bigsby was at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday, May 17, for the very first Tacoma Guitar Festival. Doors opened at 9:30 a.m. to an eager crowd that had gathered outside and the exhibition hall welcomed a steady stream of visitors all day.
Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion – 2/13 to 2/15
The 7th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion took place from February 13 to 15 on the banks of Lake Havasu at the Lake Havasu State Park. Gretsch Guitars was once again a main entertainment sponsor. Some of the acts endorsed by or using Gretsch instruments scheduled to perform included: The Octanes, Cashd’ Out, The Chop Tops, Minor Strut, and The Booze Bombs.
Here are some highlights from 2014:
Christmas 4 Kids Benefit Concert & Guitar Auction – 11/24
The annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends benefit concert in support of Christmas 4 Kids took place on Monday, November 24 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Two Gretsch guitars were auctioned that evening!
Bigsby at Fall Philly Guitar Show – 11/8 & 11/9
Bigsby was at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on November 8 & 9 for the Bee-3 Vintage Great American Guitar Show (Fall Philly). Bigsby offered professional vibrato installs and pit-stop check-ups of Bigbsy-installed guitars for the last time in 2014.
Dinah & Fred Gretsch Receive Georgia Governor’s Award – 10/7
On Tuesday, October 7 Dinah & Fred Gretsch were honored as recipients of the third annual Georgia Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities during a ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol.
GuitArlington – 10/18 & 10/19
Bigsby once again exhibited at the “world’s largest consumer guitar event”–GuitArlington–in Arlington, TX October 18 & 19, 2014. Sharing space with TV Jones, the Bigsby booth was a don’t-miss stop during the show.
Nashville Drum Show – 9/20 & 9/21
The Nashville Drum show, the biggest drum show in the south, took place on September 20 & 21 at the State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Fred Gretsch was in attendance and on Saturday at Noon, made a special presentation on the new Broadkaster line of drums! Check out some fun attendee photos taken during the show.
Brooklyn Walking Tour with Fred Gretsch – 7/30
Current President (and 4th generation family member) Fred Gretsch led an intimate walking tour through Brooklyn to tell personal stories about the family and the building sites where the instruments were made. The tour kicked off at Main Drag Music at 11:30 a.m. followed by “Gretsch Day” activities from 1:30-3:30. And to top it off, another Gretsch Day took place at Steve Maxwell Drums later in the day.
Bigsby at Summer NAMM – 7/17 to 7/19
The 2014 show was the largest in six years with almost 450 exhibitors showcasing more than 1,500 brands. Nearly 20 exhibitors showed Bigsby or Bigsby licensed vibratos on a total of 70 instruments. A truly great show.
Bigsby at Summer Philly Guitar Show – 6/21 & 6/22
The Summer Great American Guitar Show took place in Philly June 21 & 22. Bigsby was on hand to professionally install vibratos and perform pit-stop checks of Bigsby-equipped guitars brought in by attendees. Visit the Bigsby site for the post-show report.
Abbey Road on the River – 5/22 to 5/28
At this year’s Abbey Road on the River festival in Louisville, Kentucky, Gretsch Guitars presented Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebatian on Saturday, May 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Canadian Music Week – 5/6 to 5/10
A special Spotlight on Germany took place on Wednesday, May 7 during 2014’s Canadian Music Week that included a meet & greet with Fred & Dinah Gretsch.
Dallas International Guitar Festival – 5/2 to 5/4
The Dallas International Guitar Festival took place from May 2 to 4 and attendees who took their Bigsby-equipped guitars along were able to get an 8-point pit-stop tune up done for free. Free professional installations of Bigsby Vibratos were also offered. And those purchasing a copy of The Story of Paul Bigsby got a FREE t-shirt!! Visit Bigsby.com for a post-show report.
Gretsch Twang-O-Rama Concert in Tempe – 3/22
On Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. attendees enjoyed a Gretsch Twang-O-Rama concert event at the Tempe Guitar Show. Music by Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, Jet Weston and his Atomic Ranch Hands, Gamblers Mark, The Octanes, and Jay Gordon & Blues Venom.
These Youngsters from Liverpool: The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and Gretsch Guitars – 2/4 to 2/28
A terrific exhibit of Beatles-related memorabilia and instruments was held at the Georgia Southern Museum from February 4 through 28. An opening reception was held on February 4 during which Fred Gretsch spoke about how The Beatles’ performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” changed the musical instrument business forever.
Bigsby Vibratos at South Carolina Guitar Show – 2/22 & 23
The South Carolina Guitar Show in Spartanburg took place February 22 & 23. Attendees had the opportunity to take their Bigsby-equipped guitars for special pit-stop check-ups a well professional Bigsby Vibrato installations at no charge with purchase.
Winter NAMM – 1/23 to 1/26
Gretsch had a plethora of gorgeous guitars and drums on display at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. Of special note this year for Gretsch Guitars, the Gretsch Roots Collection was selected as a “Gotta Stock It” item and Gretsch was proud to have the 9100-L Soprano Long Neck Ukulele selected as a “Best in Show” item. In addition to some exciting new products, Gretsch Drums had on display a kit belonging to Matt Sorum of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver fame, and also to the legendary Phil Collins. Take a look at our highlights story for much more about the show. On Saturday night, 1/25/14, Gretsch Guitars and Drums sponsored an unforgettable Twang-O-Rama event at the Juke Joint in Anaheim. Check out the Gretsch YouTube page for video clips from all the terrific musical performances.
Here are some highlights from 2013:
Bigsby Vibratos at Fall Philly Guitar Show – 11/9 & 10
Bigsby was at the Great American Guitar Show (also known as the Fall Philly guitar show) on November 9 & 10 offering the usual 8-point pit-stop service check of Bigsby-equipped guitars and free Bigsby installs during the show.
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Multi-Media Presentation at Class Axe Guitars – 10/12/13
Due to high demand to attend the Class Axe Guitars multi-media presentation, the event which was originally scheduled in store was moved to a larger venue. Class Axe Guitars in Kemptville, Ontario hosted the final 130th Anniversary event on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the special multimedia presentation hosted by Fred & Dinah Gretsch which explored a remarkable musical journey that began in 1883, there were great prizes including a Gretsch G5420T Electromatic® guitar . A true Gretsch extravaganza!!
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama Concert Event at Blues Angel Music – 9/14/13
The Gretsch 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama concert headed to Blues Angel Music in Pensacola, FL on Saturday, September 14 with music by The Romantics, Rosie Flores & the Rivetors, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, The Octanes, and Gretsch Lyles and the Modern Eldoradoes. The fun began at 1 p.m.
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama Concert at Cream City Music – 8/17/13
Cream City Music in Brookfield, WI hosted a Twang-O-Rama concert event on Saturday, August 17, beginning at 2 p.m. Music by Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley, The Mike Elred Trio, and Jet Weston & his Atomic Ranch Hands. Surprise appearance by Fred & Dinah Gretsch delighted attendees.
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama Concert at Guitar Center Central Chicago – 8/15/13
Guitar Center Chicago hosted a Gretsch 130th Anniversary concert event on Thursday, August 15 at their North Halsted location. Music was provided by the Joe Robinson Trio, Mister Barrington and performing members of CAAS. Fred & Dinah Gretsch were also in attendance.
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Events and Steve Maxwell Vintage Drums & Rudy’s Music Shop – 8/3/13
One day, two events! Steve Maxwell Vintage & Custom Drums as well as Rudy’s Music in Soho were hosts on Saturday, August 3 for two great Gretsch 130th Anniversary events! Music by Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley, the Kimberly Thompson Quartet and performing members of CAAS (the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society). Fred Gretsch was on hand as well!
Gretsch 130th Anniversary Concert at Sam Ash Music in Hollywood – 7/20/13
Sam Ash Music in Hollywood, CA, hosted a Gretsch 130th Anniversary Concert Event. Presented by Gretsch Guitars & Drums. Performances by Steve Ferrone, the Joe Robinson Trio, and the Michelle Marie Trio. Billy Duffy was emcee.
Three Gretsch 130th Anniversary Events in June -
Three great Gretsch dealers hosted 130th anniversary events In June. Each included lots of great music, meet & greets, giveaways, and a whole lot more!
StreetSounds, Brooklyn, NY, Saturday, June 15. Presented by Gretsch Guitars. Music by The Romantics, Michelle Marie Trio, Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, and Foxy Studs.
Sweetwater GearFest, Fort Wayne, IN, Saturday, June 22. Presented by Gretsch Guitars & Drums. Music by Fountains of Wayne and the Joe Robinson Trio.
Greg Golden’s Bizarre Guitar, Reno, NV, Saturday, June 29. Presented by Gretsch Guitars & Drums. Music by Rosie Flores & the Rivetors, Zach Danziger (Mister Barrington), The Octanes. And Billy Duffy was the emcee!
Bigsby at the Ohio Guitar Show – 6/9
New in 2013, Bigsby exhibited at the Ohio Guitar Show at the Aladdin Shrine Temple Complex in Columbus with free installations and pit-stop checks of attendees’ Bigsby-equipped guitars. Visit the Bigsby site for a recap of the event.
Abbey Road on the River – 5/23 to 5/27
Abbey Road on the River, the world’s largest Beatles-inspired festival took place from May 23 through 27. Gretsch Guitars proudly presented the legendary Peter Asher on Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, the Steve Sizemore Group performed each day, and a special Gretsch guitar auction preceded both of Peter Asher’s shows.
Chicago Guitar Show – 5/18 & 19
Bigsby Vibratos once again exhibited at the Chicago Guitar Show at the DuPage Expo Center and completed free Bigsby installations and pit-stop checks of attendees’ Bigsby-equipped guitars.
Dallas International Guitar Festival – 4/19 to 4/21
The annual Gretsch Guitar Extravaganza took place in Dallas from April 19 to April 21 with Bigsby Vibratos, Gretsch Guitars, and TV Jones once again teaming up at the Dallas International Guitar Festival.
That Great Gretsch Day in Germany – 4/17 & 4/19
Thanks to all the great Gretsch fans in Germany who came out for That Great Gretsch Day at No. 1 Guitar Center in Hamburg on April 17 and to Music Store Professional in Köln on April 19. A special thanks to The Adriano BaTolba Trio who provided great music for the enjoyment of all, and also to Gretsch Guitars and everyone at each store for all the hard work that went into ensuring that That Great Gretsch Day was truly great!
Musikmesse Frankfurt – 4/10 to 4/13
A fantastic show this year with a record 113,000 visitors from 142 countries attending! Bigsby Vibratos exhibited with TV Jones Pickups and Gretsch Guitars and Drums had a great setup in Hall 4. Check out our picture gallery and check the Bigsby site for a post-show report.
Tempe Guitar Show & Gretsch 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama Concert – 3/23
On March 23, the 2013 Tempe Guitar Show presented by CE Distribution hosted Gretsch Guitar’s 130th Anniversary Twang-O-Rama concert event featuring performances by Lee Rocker and Buzz Campbell, the Mike Elred Trio, Big Nick & the Gila Monsters, and the Saucy Jacks. A total of 48 vendors, 5 bands, and 1,800 people attended the show.
Gretsch Day at Musicroom Salisbury – 3/9
Musicroom Salisbury hosted a special Gretsch Day on March 9. The event featured talks and demonstrations from Gretsch brand manager Adam Bowden Smith, a meet-and-greet with other Gretsch team members, a chance to win a Gretsch G5420T guitar, and more!
Elmhurst College Jazz Festival – 2/21 to 2/24
The 46th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival took place from February 21 through 24 in Elmhurst, Illinois–one of the oldest and best college jazz festivals in the United States! Learn about Elmhurst’s great music department and performing ensembles including the Gretsch Guitar Ensemble.
5th Annual Rockabilly Reunion – 2/15 to 2/17
Gretsch Guitars once again co-sponsored the Rockabilly Reunion in Lake Havasu City, AZ which took place February 15 to 17. Attendees were treated to performances by The Octanes, Voo Doo Swing, and The Chop Tops!
Winter NAMM Show – 1/24 to 1/27
Gretsch created quite a buzz at this year’s show with lots of exciting new guitar and drum products. Take a look at some great photos from the show: Gretsch NAMM Show Album, Bigsby gallery, Gretsch Guitars and Drums Facebook pages, and the GretschPages.
Here are highlights from 2012:
Christmas 4 Kids Concert – 11/19
The 11th Annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends concert benefiting Christmas 4 Kids took place on November 19 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. During the concert attendees were able to place a bid on a Gretsch Anniversary guitar donated by the Gretsch Foundation.
Great American Guitar Show – 11/10 & 11/11
Bigsby Vibratos attended the Great American Guitar Show, also known as the Fall Philly Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on November 10 & 11 and offered free installs with purchase along with the popular pit-stop program. Additionally, to help support victims of Hurricane Sandy, Bigsby offered to match 100 percent of all show sales with a donation to The Salvation Army.
GuitArlington – 10/20 & 10/21
Gretsch Guitars and Bigsby once again teamed up with pickup and guitar extraordinaire Tom “TV” Jones to bring you a one-stop GUITAR EXTRAVAGANZA! Attendees were able to check out their favorite products from all three companies! Special features of the booth included FREE Bigsby Installations, Bigsby Pit-Stops, guitar setups by TV Jones, and much, much more!
Savannah Folk Music Festival & Noteworthy Art Auction – 10/12 to 10/14
The Savannah Folk Music Society’s 23rd annual Savannah Folk Music Festival took place October 12 through 14. For the ninth year, the Society presented the “Noteworthy Art” Exhibit and Silent Auction in support of the festival with guitars donated by the Gretsch Fundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch family. Some of the guitars were autographed by the biggest names in folk music including Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss & Union Station, National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and harp guitar expert Muriel Anderson, and Grammy Award-winner singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Watch as Chris Desa talked with WTOC11 in advance of the festivities.
Nashville Roundup – 9/27 to 9/30
The beautiful Hachland Hill Farms in Joelton, TN and the gracious Ms. Phila Hach once again hosted the Nashville Roundup. The perfect setting for a great Gretsch event! The Gretsch Pages UStream channel broadcast live streaming during the event.
Gretsch Family & Paul Bigsby Named Manufacturing Legends by Guitar Player Mag – Nov 2012 Issue
The November issue of Guitar Player Magazine included their inaugural GP Hall of Fame awards and Paul Bigsby as well as the Gretsch Family were inducted as “Manufacturing Legends”. Truly a great honor presented by one of the preeminent industry publications.
Gretsch Euro Roundup – 9/22 & 9/23
The fifth annual Euro Roundup, a fun weekend of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, and jazz along with Gretsch guitars took place 9/22 and 9/23. This years’ event was held at hotel De Steenen Man in Zurich, Netherlands.
NorCal Roundup – 9/14 to 9/16
An extraordinary weekend of music and friendship in a setting of great natural beauty–the Clair Tappaan Lodge in Norden, CA. Gretsch Guitars was be on hand along with pop and rock industry legend, Peter Asher. Highlights and pictures via the GretschPages.
Abbey Road on the River, Washington DC – 8/30 to 9/3
The “Fred & Joe Show” made a stop in Washington DC over Labor Day weekend for the annual Abbey Road on the River Beatles festival. Gretsch Guitars presented The Love Album Live and the Steve Sizemore Group performed each day and also met with fans at the Gretsch exhibit. Some great Gretsch guitars were auctioned for worthwhile charitable organizations including the American Red Cross. PHOTO GALLERY.
SoCal World Guitar Show – 7/21 & 7/22
Bigsby Vibratos was in attendance at the SoCal World Guitar Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA July 21 and 22. Visitors to the Bigsby booth were able to get a pit-stop check of their Bigsby-equipped guitars, enjoy install demonstrations, and more!
Great Gretsch Weekend in Nashville Recap
The weekend of July 13 and 14 saw a once-in-a-lifetime confluence of events in Nashville, Tennessee, otherwise known as “Music City USA.” And Gretsch was an important participant in all of them. Read the weekend RECAP.
Chet Atkins: CGP Exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum – 8/12/11 to 7/15/12
After an 11-month run in the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum’s East Gallery, the cameo exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player came to an end on July 15, 2012. Originally scheduled to close in June, the exhibit was extended to accommodate members of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society as well as NAMM during the final weekend. Employing a wealth of instruments, vintage photos, personal possessions and correspondence, career-spanning audio and video, as well as special programs scheduled throughout its duration, the exhibit explored the life and impact of this incomparable musician, producer, and executive. The exhibition was made possible through support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by the Great American Country Television Network.
Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention – 7/11 to 7/14
The Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville again hosted the annual members-only Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention. The Society, whose members have a sincere interest and appreciation of Chet’s music, was founded in 1983 and meets annually in order to preserve Chet’s legacy and encourage young and old alike to keep his music alive. This year the Gretsch booth included a special tribute to Paul Yandell, Chet’s long-time friend and band leader who was bestowed with the fifth and final “Certified Guitar Player” (C.G.P.) title by the Atkins family in 2011.
Summer NAMM Show, Nashville, TN – 7/12 to 7/14
The annual Summer NAMM Show took place at the Nashville Convention Center from July 12 to 14. Featuring a Public Day on Saturday, attendees were treated to Bigsby Vibrato installation demonstrations at the Gretsch booth along with a sampling of authorized Gretsch Company merchandise from GretschGear. In addition, the full line of Bigsby Vibratos were on display along with a copy of the beautifully-illustrated book Paul Bigsby: Father of the Modern Solidbody Electric Guitar.
Gretsch Day at Cream City Music, Brookfield, WI – 6/30
Gretsch Guitars and Cream City Music joined forces to present Gretsch Day on June 30. The event featured free guitar re-stringing, the unveiling of a specially-painted Gretsch guitar by Sarah Gallenberger, as well as the Fred & Joe Show which included music by Jake Allen, Bobby Gibson, and Nik & Sam. For event photos, click HERE.
Gretsch Day at Street Sounds Brooklyn – 6/2
Street Sounds in Brooklyn hosted Gretsch Day 2012 on June 2. Billed as the Fred & Joe Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival, the evening featured live music from 3 to 6 p.m. Performers included the Grammy-winning quartet Fountains of Wayne, sisters Nik & Sam, Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley, The Octanes, and Foxy Studs. Making special appearances were Damian Kulash of OK Go and Gretsch Girl Kim Falcon. For images from the event, click HERE.
Dinah & Fred Meet Gretsch Drummer Mark Pontius – 5/30
The Gretsches had the opportunity to meet with Gretsch-endorsed drummer Mark Pontius and the rest of the popular Indie pop band Foster The People during a concert at Rumsey Playhouse in New York City’s Central Park on May 30. Here’s a great photo from their meeting.
Abbey Road on the River – 5/26 & 5/27
The Fred & Joe Show with Fred Gretsch & Joe Carducci was at Abbey Road on the River in Louisville. The world’s largest Beatles-inspired festival ran May 24 through 28. The Fred & Joe Show took place on May 26 with an encore presentation on May 27 . Take a look at some pictures from the booth HERE.
Dallas Guitar Show – 4/20 to 4/22
Bigsby Vibratos once again teamed with TV Jones and Gretsch Guitars for a Guitar Extravaganza at the 35th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival held at the Dallas Market Hall from April 20 to 22. Installation demos by Bigsby as well as Tom Jones, “pit stop” service checks of Bigsby-equipped guitars, and Kim Falcon signing autographs were just some of the highlights.
Balto-DC Roundup – 3/30 & 3/31
The third annual Gretsch Balto-DC Roundup took place March 30 & 31 at the Hartford Park Community Association Center in Parkville, Maryland. Pictures here.
Meeting with Charlie Watts – 3/28
While in Vienna, Austria, Dinah & Fred Gretsch were able to get together with Charlie Watts, long-time Gretsch drummer and member of the Rolling Stones as well as the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. Read the entire story here.
Musikmesse Frankfurt – 3/21 to 3/24
Gretsch Guitars, Drums, and Bigsby Vibratos were on hand in Frankfurt for Musikmesse 2012. Bigsby product specialist Adam Seutter performed twice-daily installation demonstrations at the Warwick/Framus booth. Gretsch drummer Mark Schulman, as part of the Fender Rock Trio, performed daily to standing-room-only crowds.
The Fred & Joe Show at Blues Angel Music – 3/2
The Fred & Joe Show made its first stop of 2012 at Blues Angel Music in Pensacola, FL on March 3 for their Grand Opening and charity raffle event benefiting the Red Cross and United Services Organizations (USO). The event took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in its brand new facilities at 657 N. Pace Blvd. The new 14,000-square-foot building boasts modern retail, music lesson, and musical instruments and electronics repair space.
Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion Weekend – 2/17 to 2/19
The 2012 Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion Festival took place from Februrary 17-19 at Lake Havasu Arizona State Park. Sponsored by Gretsch, the festival featured live music, hot rod cars, Ms. Lake Havasu Rockabilly Pinup Girl Contest and much, much more! Gretsch was there with a fabulous display of guitars as well as the lovely Gretsch Girl, Kim Falcon, who signed her new poster for festival-goers.
Gretsch and Superbowl ILVI – 2/5
OK Go climbed into a specially-equipped Chevy Sonic and utilized 148 black Gretsch G5105 and 140 red G5103 Electromatic CVT III guitars in their latest video for “Needing/Getting” which aired during Superbowl XLVI. More here.
The NAMM Show, Anaheim – 1/19 to 1/22
The 2012 NAMM Show took place at the Anaheim Convention Center January 19 to 22. Gretsch Guitars and Gretsch Drums were on hand with some exciting new products including the Gretsch Rancher Acoustics and Roots Collection as well as the Gretsch Brooklyn Series drums. Bigsby Vibratos also had an exciting new display featuring Bigsby-equipped guitars from 13 different manufacturers. Check here for coverage provided by our friends at The Gretsch Pages and here for videos from the show.