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Louis Messina, Jr.

About the Artist

Louis' current setup:
Greatch Maple Renown - 22’’ or 24’’ Kick - 12’’ or 13’’ Tom - 16’’ Floor 6.5 X 14’’ Aluminum Snare

We asked... Why Gretsch?

When we recorded our last record with Howard Benson he preferred me to use his old Gretsch kit which was the same exact set up that I was using so with no hesitation I was banging on Vintage Gretsch which was tuned amazing. Not to scare you but the drums on the record sound like real drums. Just listen to Billboard top 10 and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Then about 6 months later my brother Christopher’s Fender rep (Jeff) snuck this red to black fade renown kit in our studio before our rehearsal and from then on I’ve played it every show and rehearsal. I feel in love with the punch and attack from the Kick and toms though it still retained my boom that I have to have. Jeff thinks I’m borrowing the kit but I think he knows he’s not getting it back.


Aerosmith (Joey Kramer) Led Zeppelin (John Bonham) The Mars Volta (Jon Theodore) Green Day ( Tre Cool) Genesis (Phil Collins) The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith) The Beatles (Ringo Starr) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Max Wienberg) also some studio guys Kenny Aronoff and Josh Freese.


It takes time, patience and dedication. You got to work harder than the person next to you and hit harder than the drummer next to you. Learn from your mistakes and also learn from your favorite bands mistakes. Have open ears and most of all have fun. And if don’t want to wait try out on American Idol.

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For years, Gretsch’s Catalina Club has been the go-to drum set for versatility and reliable tone.

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Gretsch Marquee Series

New from Gretsch® Drums, the Marquee series delivers explosive, open tones, professional features and rock solid performance at an accessible price. Marquee shells combine 7-ply North American maple with a slight softer maple species that are cut with classic Gretsch 30-degree bearing edges and fit with 2.3mm triple flanged hoops.

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