Gretsch Electric Guitars
Gretsch is a musical instrument brand that is responsible for not only beautiful guitars but some of the most iconic drums in the the world. In their guitar production, the Gretsch family was able to produce some of the most beautiful guitars the world has ever seen.
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.
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Some of Gretsch first instruments were not only drums but also high quality banjos. Eventually, Gretsch started producing guitars for jazz musicians and country western musicians with their acoustic archtop guitars and flat top guitars.
Gretsch stood toe to toe with the popular Fender guitar brand with cutting edge customizations that were not being offered by other companies which drew musicians like Chet Atkins to make Gretsch one of the most popular guitars of the 1950s.
The beginnings of Rock and Roll were good for the Gretsch brand as musicians like Elvis Presley and George Harrison made the Gretsch look and sound famous world wide, especially after George Harrison played his Gretsch Country Gentleman on the The Ed Sullivan Show as well as his use of the Gretsch Tennessean in the movie “Help” by the Beatles.
More recently musicians like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has used Gretsch guitars keeping the amazing look and sound relevant for generations to come.
In 2002, Gretsch joined forces with the Fender brand which has helped insure the survival of the amazing guitars offered by Gretsch.
George Harrison of The Beatles
Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day
John Lennon of The Beatles
Stephen Stills of Crosby Still And Nash
Hilton Valentine of The Animals
Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones
Lou Reed of Velvet Underground
Peter Townshend of The Who
Paul Atkinson of The Zombies
Sterling Morrison of Velvet Underground
Bono of U2
Billy Duffy of The Cult
Robert Smith of The Cure
Reverend Horton Heat