Gretsch Acoustic Drums
Gretsch is one of the oldest and iconic drum brands in the country and in music in general. As a drum manufacturer, Gretsch introduced the first ever multi-ply drum shell and even pushed forward drum sets with double bass drums. The look and sound of Gretsch has been a staple in music for so long it’s amazing that Gretsch is still one of the leading brands in drumming.
The Gretsch brand has changed hands on a few occasions including having been acquired by Fender and then sold to DW Drums (Drum Workshop), but despite the ownership changes, the sound and style has stayed consistent.
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For the most part the production of Gretsch drums have been part of a family business. From 1883 to 1967 Gretsch was run in the Gretsch family which included Friedrich Gretsch and his sons Bill Gretsch and Fred Gretsch Jr.
In 1967 Fred Gretsch Jr. Sold the company to Baldwin out of necessity. Fred W. Gretsch, the great grandson of the founder of Gretsch bought the company back from Baldwin in 1985 and made sure that the family had it’s hands on the future of the Gretsch brand.
The USA made Broadkaster Seriers is the iconic vintage Drumset from 1935 that helped bring fame to the Gretsch brand. The great sound has been refined and approved as it was rereleased as a modern “vintage” Drumset in 2014. This helped revitalize the great vintage look and sound that made Gretsch famous.
The family of famous drummers that use and endorse Gretsch is quite vast and has helped define the great Gretsch sound.
Gretsch drummers include:
Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters
Phil Collins of Genesis
Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones
“Philly” Joe Jones
Jimmy Cobb of Miles Davis Quintet
Cindy Blackman Santana of Lenny Kravitz Band
Michael “Leroy” Bram of Jason Mraz
Keith Carlock of Steely Dan
Joe Clegg of Ellie Goulding
Clive Deamer of Radiohead and Portishead
Brian Delaney of Melissa Etheridge
Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty And The Heart Breakers
Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic
Sam Fogarino of Interpol
Jody Giachello of Hiam
Chad Gamble of Jason Isbell Band
Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell of Tedeschi Trucks Band
JJ Johnson of Tedeschi Trucks Band
Ryan Macmillan of Matchbox 20
David Lovering of The Pixies
London May of Danzig
Miles Miller of Sturgill Simpson Band
Jason McGerr of Deathcab for Cutie
Stanton Moore of Galactic
David Northrup of Boz Scaggs Band
Seth Rausch of Keith Urban Band
Johnny Radelat of Gary Clark Jr. Band
Mark Schulman of Pink and Cher Bands
Rich Russo of Andrew W.K.
Ryan Shaw of Michael Buble Band
Terry Silverlight of Billy Ocean Band
Matt Sorum of Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver and Hollywood Vampires
Bill Stewart of John Scofield and Maceo Parker Bands
Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood
Dan Weiss of Chris Potter Band
Hannah Ford-Welton of Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL
Nate Wood of Kneebody and Wayne Krantz Band
Elijah Wood of Shania Twain Band
And so many more!