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That Great Gretsch Sound!

Since 1883, when 27-year-old Friedrich Gretsch founded his little shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., making banjos, drums and tambourines, The Gretsch Company has grown to produce some of the world’s greatest drums and guitars over the span of four generations.

With its emphasis on hand-craftsmanship and commitment to quality, Gretsch has pioneered new designs and manufacturing techniques, winning endorsements from some of the music industry’s most respected artists, including Chet Atkins, Bono, Charlie Watts, Brian Setzer, Steve Ferrone, Neil Young, and Phil Collins.

Gretsch also owns and manufactures some of the other most popular and historic music industry products and brands including Bigsby® Vibratos and Sho-Bud® Pedal Steel Guitars.

History of That Great Gretsch Sound

“That Great Gretsch Sound” is the anthem that began when Friedrich Gretsch, an immigrant from Mannheim, Germany, founded a small shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1883. Before dying unexpectedly in 1895, Friedrich Gretsch created a dynasty that would last to this day and beyond.

He passed away while on a trip to his homeland, leaving the company to the enterprising mind of his fifteen-year-old son, Fred Gretsch, who was still in knickers at the time. Energetic as he was enterprising, Fred Gretsch, Sr. built the business on a reputation for precision and quality. Two decades after assuming direction as “the boy in knickers,” he moved the operation to a mammoth ten-story building at 60 Broadway in Brooklyn. From the Brooklyn-based headquarters he responded to the growing demand for more specialized instruments.

In 1935 Duke Kramer joined the company. Kramer provided valued counsel to the company for 70 years as the “string” that tied the generations together. He recalled, “that distinctive sound was our product--the sound that energized the market for decades.”

Fred Gretsch, Sr. retired from the company in 1942, his attire now the pressed suits of a successful businessman. Gretsch’s sons Fred, Jr. and William “Bill” — both of whom had been active in the business since 1927 — were well prepared to assume leadership.

Fred Gretsch, Jr. managed the operations briefly before leaving the company to serve with distinction as a commander in the Navy. Bill Gretsch stayed to run the family business. Duke Kramer recalls that “Bill was a man with a subtle talent for inspiring people to do their best and a genius when it came to constructive counsel. His sense of humor was irresistible. When he passed away in 1948, a legion of individuals felt they lost their best friend.”

Gretsch History

Command was again passed to Fred Gretsch, Jr. and the Navy veteran led the company into a new age of prosperity. It was the explosion of the rock ‘n’ roll music ushered in by Elvis Presley and continued by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and many other artists of the day. The company’s popularity grew with the explosion of rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s and 60s, attracting famous endorsees like George Harrison, Bo Diddley, Chet Atkins, and Charlie Watts.

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, the company’s current president, Fred W. Gretsch, vowed to one day regain control. In 1985, he made good on his promise and bought The Gretsch Company back from Baldwin. He moved operations to Savannah, Ga., where the revitalized company began to offer new, vintage-styled Gretsch guitars and classic Gretsch drums. The new products were immediately successful and The Gretsch Company once again became a leading force in the musical instrument industry.

Today, Gretsch drums and guitars are the preferred instruments of many studio musicians and recording artists looking for unique tonal quality and hand-made craftsmanship. We invite you to join us in celebrating our musical history as we look ahead to the next 100 years of “That Great Gretsch Sound!”

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G9500 JIM DANDY FLAT-TOP PARLOR SIZE 2CSB
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G9500 JIM DANDY FLAT-TOP PARLOR SIZE 2CSB
RRP $469.00
$351.75
 
Gretsch G5024 Rancher Dreadnought Sunburst
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Gretsch G5024 Rancher Dreadnought Sunburst
RRP $899.00
$674.25
 
G2165 GRETSCH LAP STEEL BAG
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G2165 GRETSCH LAP STEEL BAG
RRP $50.00
$39.99
 
G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Golddust
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G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Golddust
RRP $1,299.00
$974.25
 
G2622 STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK DC, Walnut Stain
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G2622 STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK DC, Walnut Stain
RRP $1,099.00
$824.25
 
G2622T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK DC, Bigsby, Flagstaff Sunset
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G2622T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK DC, Bigsby, Flagstaff Sunset
RRP $1,299.00
$974.25
 
G2655 STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Flagstaff Sunset
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G2655 STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Flagstaff Sunset
RRP $1,099.00
$824.25
 
G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Black
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G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Black
RRP $1,299.00
$974.25
 
G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Walnut Stain
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G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Walnut Stain
RRP $1,299.00
$974.25
 
G5013CE RANCHER JR, Black
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G5013CE RANCHER JR, Black
RRP $999.00
$749.25
 
G5022CE RANCHER JUMBO CE SAVANNAH SUNSET
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G5022CE RANCHER JUMBO CE SAVANNAH SUNSET
RRP $1,099.00
$824.25
 
G5022CWFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO A/E C-AY WHITE
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G5022CWFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO A/E C-AY WHITE
RRP $1,499.00
$1,124.25
 
G5265 JET BARITONE Black Sparkle
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G5265 JET BARITONE Black Sparkle
RRP $1,399.00
$1,049.25
 
G5420LH 2016 Electromatic Hollow Body, Left-Handed
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G5420LH 2016 Electromatic Hollow Body, Left-Handed
RRP $2,099.00
$1,574.25
 
G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Aspen Green
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Aspen Green
RRP $2,099.00
$1,574.25
 
G5425 ELECTROMATIC JET CLUB MODEL GTR H-H BLACK
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G5425 ELECTROMATIC JET CLUB MODEL GTR H-H BLACK
RRP $799.00
$599.25
 
G5439T PRO JET MODEL GTR H-H SILVER SPARKLE
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G5439T PRO JET MODEL GTR H-H SILVER SPARKLE
RRP $1,299.00
$974.25
 
G9110-L CONCERT LONG-NECK A/E UKULELE
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G9110-L CONCERT LONG-NECK A/E UKULELE
RRP $469.00
$351.75
 
G9112 CONCERT RESONATOR UKULELE NATURAL W/BAG
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G9112 CONCERT RESONATOR UKULELE NATURAL W/BAG
RRP $599.00
$449.25
 
G9121 TENOR ACE UKULELE FISHMAN & BAG
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G9121 TENOR ACE UKULELE FISHMAN & BAG
RRP $599.00
$449.25
 
G9126 TENOR SIZE GUITAR-UKULELE 6 STR NAT W/BAG
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G9126 TENOR SIZE GUITAR-UKULELE 6 STR NAT W/BAG
RRP $399.00
$299.25
 
G9210 BOXCAR SQUARE NECK RESONATOR Natural
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G9210 BOXCAR SQUARE NECK RESONATOR Natural
RRP $999.00
$749.25
 
G9220 BOBTAIL DELUXE ROUND NECK RESONATOR
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G9220 BOBTAIL DELUXE ROUND NECK RESONATOR
RRP $1,349.00
$1,011.75
 
G9230 BOBTAIL SQUARE NECK ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC RES
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G9230 BOBTAIL SQUARE NECK ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC RES
RRP $1,349.00
$1,011.75
 
G9300 NY STD MANDOLIN 2-TONE SUNBURST
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G9300 NY STD MANDOLIN 2-TONE SUNBURST
RRP $549.00
$411.75
 
G9320 NEW YORKER MANDOLIN A/E 3 TONE SUNBURST
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G9320 NEW YORKER MANDOLIN A/E 3 TONE SUNBURST
RRP $629.00
$471.75
 
G9400 BROADKASTER DLX BANJO
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G9400 BROADKASTER DLX BANJO
RRP $1,799.00
$1,349.25
 
G9451 DIXIE DELUXE BANJO
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G9451 DIXIE DELUXE BANJO
RRP $1,399.00
$1,049.25
 
G9455 DIXIE SPECIAL BANJO
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G9455 DIXIE SPECIAL BANJO
RRP $999.00
$749.25
 
G9500-RUB JIM DANDY FLAT-TOP Roundup Burst
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G9500-RUB JIM DANDY FLAT-TOP Roundup Burst
RRP $469.00
$351.75
 
GRETSCH G5435 ELECTROMATIC PRO JET- BLK
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GRETSCH G5435 ELECTROMATIC PRO JET- BLK
RRP $999.00
$749.25
 
Gretsch G9101 CAMP UKULELE Blue Sunburst
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Gretsch G9101 CAMP UKULELE Blue Sunburst
RRP $249.00
$186.75
 
LAP STEEL GTR BLACK SPARKLE
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LAP STEEL GTR BLACK SPARKLE
RRP $899.00
$674.25
 
G2220 ELECTROMATIC JR JET BASS II Black
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G2220 ELECTROMATIC JR JET BASS II Black
RRP $799.00
$599.25
 
G5034TFT RANCHER FIDELITRON BIGSBY Savannah Sunset
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G5034TFT RANCHER FIDELITRON BIGSBY Savannah Sunset
RRP $1,999.00
$1,499.25
 
G9231 BOBTAIL STEEL SQUARE-NECK A/E RESONATOR GT
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G9231 BOBTAIL STEEL SQUARE-NECK A/E RESONATOR GT
RRP $1,499.00
$1,124.25
 
G9240 ALLIGATOR BISCUIT ROUNDENECK RESONATOR 2SB
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G9240 ALLIGATOR BISCUIT ROUNDENECK RESONATOR 2SB
RRP $1,099.00
$824.25
 
G9350 PARK AVE F MANDOLIN AE 3-COLOUR SUNBURST
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G9350 PARK AVE F MANDOLIN AE 3-COLOUR SUNBURST
RRP $1,549.00
$1,161.75
 
GRETSCH G9126-ACE GUITAR-UKE ACE
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GRETSCH G9126-ACE GUITAR-UKE ACE
RRP $619.00
$464.25
 
Gretsch G9555 NEW YORKER ARCHTOP w/PUP Antique Burst
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Gretsch G9555 NEW YORKER ARCHTOP w/PUP Antique Burst
RRP $1,499.00
$1,124.25
 
 
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