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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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ELECTROMATIC CORVETTE H-H BURGUNDY W/BIGSBY RWD-
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ELECTROMATIC CORVETTE H-H BURGUNDY W/BIGSBY RWD-
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CASE - G6283 GRETSCH THUNDER JET
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CASE - G6283 GRETSCH THUNDER JET
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G2182 GRETSCH DIXIE 5 BANJO GIG BAG
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G2182 GRETSCH DIXIE 5 BANJO GIG BAG
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G2183 GRETSCH DIXIE 6 BANJO GIG BAG
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G2183 GRETSCH DIXIE 6 BANJO GIG BAG
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G2184 GRETSCH BRAODKASTER BANJO GIG BAG
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G2184 GRETSCH BRAODKASTER BANJO GIG BAG
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G2420 STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Aged Brooklyn Burst
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G2420 STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Aged Brooklyn Burst
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G2420T STREAMLINER Hollow Body with Bigsby, Broad'Tron Pickups, Walnut Stain
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G2420T STREAMLINER Hollow Body with Bigsby, Broad'Tron Pickups, Walnut Stain
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G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Flagstaff Sunset
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G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Flagstaff Sunset
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G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Golddust
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G2420T STREAMLINER HOLLOWBODY, Bigsby, Golddust
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G2655T STREAMLINER Center Block Jr. with Bigsby, Broad'Tron Pickups, Golddust
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G2655T STREAMLINER Center Block Jr. with Bigsby, Broad'Tron Pickups, Golddust
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G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Walnut Stain
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G2655T STREAMLINER CENTREBLOCK-JR DC, Bigsby, Walnut Stain
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G5022CBFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO CE, Black
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G5022CBFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO CE, Black
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G5022CE RANCHER JUMBO CE SAVANNAH SUNSET
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G5022CE RANCHER JUMBO CE SAVANNAH SUNSET
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G5022CWFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO A/E C-AY WHITE
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G5022CWFE RANCHER FALCON JUMBO A/E C-AY WHITE
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G5031FT RANCHER DREADNOUGHT FIDELITRON SUNBURST
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G5031FT RANCHER DREADNOUGHT FIDELITRON SUNBURST
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Aspen Green
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Aspen Green
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Orange Stain
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Orange Stain
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G5422G-12 ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLE-CUT 12-string, Black w/ Gold Hardware
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G5422G-12 ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLE-CUT 12-string, Black w/ Gold Hardware
RRP $2,199.00
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G5422T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLECUT, Black
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G5422T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLECUT, Black
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G5422TG ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLECUT, Snow Crest White w/ Gold Hardware
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G5422TG ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY DOUBLECUT, Snow Crest White w/ Gold Hardware
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Georgia Green
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Georgia Green
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Vintage Orange
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Vintage Orange
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Walnut Stain
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G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Walnut Stain
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G6120SH SETZER HOT-ROD 2-Tone Trans Black
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G6120SH SETZER HOT-ROD 2-Tone Trans Black
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G6120SH SETZER HOT-ROD Blonde
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G6120SH SETZER HOT-ROD Blonde
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G6129T-1957 SILVER JET SILVER SPARKLE W/BIGSBY
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G6129T-1957 SILVER JET SILVER SPARKLE W/BIGSBY
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G6136T-BLK Players Edition Black Falcon
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G6136T-BLK Players Edition Black Falcon
RRP $6,199.00
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G6244 GRETSCH DLX 17inch ACOUSTIC, Black Case
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G6244 GRETSCH DLX 17inch ACOUSTIC, Black Case
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G6296 Round Neck Resonator Flat Top Case, Black
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G6296 Round Neck Resonator Flat Top Case, Black
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G6299 Bass Case, Flat Top, Electromatic®, 30.3" Scale, Black (0996409000)
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G6299 Bass Case, Flat Top, Electromatic®, 30.3" Scale, Black (0996409000)
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G6301 GRETSCH G100CE
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G6301 GRETSCH G100CE
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G6609 PLAYERS EDITION BROADKASTER Center-Block Double-Cut, Black (V-stoptail, Full'Tron)
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G6609 PLAYERS EDITION BROADKASTER Center-Block Double-Cut, Black (V-stoptail, Full'Tron)
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G9112 CONCERT RESONATOR UKULELE NATURAL W/BAG
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G9112 CONCERT RESONATOR UKULELE NATURAL W/BAG
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G9120 Tenor Standard Ukulele with Gig Bag, Ovangkol Fingerboard, Vintage Mahogany Stain
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G9120 Tenor Standard Ukulele with Gig Bag, Ovangkol Fingerboard, Vintage Mahogany Stain
RRP $329.00
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G9121 TENOR ACE UKULELE FISHMAN & BAG
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G9121 TENOR ACE UKULELE FISHMAN & BAG
RRP $569.00
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G9200 BOXCAR ROUND NECK RESONATOR Natural
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G9200 BOXCAR ROUND NECK RESONATOR Natural
RRP $949.00
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G9221 BOBTAIL STEEL ROUND-NECK A.E., STEEL BODY SPIDER CONE RESONATOR GUITAR, FISHMAN NASHVILLE RESONATOR PICKUP
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G9221 BOBTAIL STEEL ROUND-NECK A.E., STEEL BODY SPIDER CONE RESONATOR GUITAR, FISHMAN NASHVILLE RESONATOR PICKUP
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G9240 ALLIGATOR BISCUIT RESONATOR 2- Tone Sunburst
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G9240 ALLIGATOR BISCUIT RESONATOR 2- Tone Sunburst
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G9511 STYLE 1 SINGLE-0 ACOUSTIC, Appalachia Burst
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G9511 STYLE 1 SINGLE-0 ACOUSTIC, Appalachia Burst
RRP $799.00
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G9531 STYLE 3 DOUBLE-0 ACOUSTIC, Appalachia Burst
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G9531 STYLE 3 DOUBLE-0 ACOUSTIC, Appalachia Burst
RRP $1,099.00
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GIG BAG - G2162 GRETSCH HOLLOWBODY
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GIG BAG - G2162 GRETSCH HOLLOWBODY
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Gretsch G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Black
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Gretsch G5622T ELECTROMATIC Center-Block Double- Cut with Bigsby, Black
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GRETSCH ORCHESTRA/RANCHER JR G6292
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GRETSCH ORCHESTRA/RANCHER JR G6292
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Gretsch White Leather Vintage Strap
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Gretsch White Leather Vintage Strap
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LAP STEEL GTR TOBACCO
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LAP STEEL GTR TOBACCO
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STRAP - GRETSCH G6334 DLX VINT TOOLED, Black
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STRAP - GRETSCH G6334 DLX VINT TOOLED, Black
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STRAP - GRETSCH TOOLED WHITE
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STRAP - GRETSCH TOOLED WHITE
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STRAP - GRETSCH VINT SKINNY Black
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STRAP - GRETSCH VINT SKINNY Black
RRP $75.00
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G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Bass II Short-Scale Torino Green
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G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet Bass II Short-Scale Torino Green
RRP $699.00
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Fairlane Blue
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G5420T ELECTROMATIC HOLLOWBODY, Fairlane Blue
RRP $1,849.00
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G9100 SOPRANO STD UKULELE W/BAG
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G9100 SOPRANO STD UKULELE W/BAG
RRP $289.00
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GRETSCH G9126-ACE GUITAR-UKE ACE
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GRETSCH G9126-ACE GUITAR-UKE ACE
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