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Gretsch Drums Historic Highlights

In this one-hour presentation, "Historic Highlights of Gretsch Drums", we join Fred W. Gretsch in a celebration of four generations of family and musical history, as well as a look forward to the next 125 years of "That Great Gretsch Sound!"

Recorded by Bart Elliott at the Drummer Cafe stage during the Chicago Drum Show on Saturday, May 15, 2010.



gretsch_logoThe Gretsch family dynasty began in 1883, when a twenty-seven-year-old German immigrant named Friedrich Gretsch founded a little shop in Brooklyn, New York. There he made and sold banjos, drums, and tambourines. Over the 127 years from that day to this, the Gretsch family has focused on making drums that offer unrivaled sound and uncompromising construction quality.

In 1967 the Gretsch Company was sold to Baldwin, a music industry giant. But without the family dedication that had driven the business for so many years, the company began to falter. As a testament to his passion for the family business, Fred W. Gretsch, vowed to one day regain control.

In 1985, Fred made good on his promise. He bought The Gretsch Company back from Baldwin and moved its operations to Savannah, Georgia. There the revitalized company began to offer new custom-crafted Gretsch drums. The new products were immediately successful, and The Gretsch Company once again became a leading force in the musical instrument industry. This force was recognized in 2008, when Fred and his wife (and Gretsch Company CFO) Dinah became the first musical instrument manufacturers to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame. There the Gretsches joined the likes of artists including Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, R.E.M., and The Allman Brothers Band, as well as industry professionals like record label owner Antonio "L.A." Reid, in the "who's who" of the Georgia music scene.

Today, Gretsch drums are the preferred instruments of many studio musicians and recording artists looking for unique tonal quality and hand-made craftsmanship. In this one-hour presentation, "Historic Highlights of Gretsch Drums", recorded by Bart Elliott at the Drummer Cafe stage during the Chicago Drum Show on Saturday, May 15, 2010, we join Fred W. Gretsch in a celebration of four generations of family and musical history, as well as a look forward to the next 125 years of "That Great Gretsch Sound!"

Visit Gretsch Drums for more instrument information or check out the Gretsch History to see photos used during this presentation.


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