Gretsch drums were born in Brooklyn, New York in 1883. They were proudly crafted in the vibrant city for the better part of the 20th Century. Brooklyn and Gretsch share an inseparable history that is part of American music history and folklore. It is a shared legacy that cannot be duplicated. Today, Brooklyn represents a renaissance community that vibrates with contemporary artistic expression, youthful innovation and passionate musical commitment. Gretsch Brooklyn series celebrates the rejuvenated Brooklyn city passion and spirit and expands on its distinctive shared American experience.
Keith Carlock & The Brooklyn Series
Rooted in classic Gretsch design, Brooklyn delivers vintage Gretsch tones that are full, punchy and warm. These classic tones are modified by the 6-ply North American maple/ poplar shells and "302" hoops. Innovative specs drive a new Gretsch tonal characteristic that is slightly more open and ambient. Brooklyn drums sound like classic Gretsch drums, but speak with their own sonic personality.
All Brooklyn drums feature 6-ply North American maple/ poplar shells. Toms are .220" thick and snare and bass drums shells are .310" thick, slightly thicker than standard USA Custom shells. All shells have the proprietary Gretsch 30-degree bearing edge. Shell interiors are finished with classic Gretsch Silver Sealer. Each shell comes with a distinctive Brooklyn internal shell label that contains drum shell model number and serial number.
Brooklyn toms and snares come fitted on batter and resonant side with the new Gretsch "302" hoop. At 3mm thick and double-flanged, it is reminiscent of hoops used by Gretsch up until the mid 1950's. The 302 hoop has the same height profile as the classic Gretsch die-cast hoop to provide a playing experience that feels the same as traditional Gretsch USA Custom drums. All other drum hardware components - lugs, claws, brackets, spurs, etc - are the same that is used on Gretsch USA Custom.
THE SNARE DRUM
Gretsch Brooklyn series metal snare drums add another professional and distinctive voice to the Gretsch snare line up. The straight-sided chrome over brass shell (with Gretsch center knurl pattern) is offered in two sizes, 5x14 (8 lug) and 6.5x14 (10 lug). Also offered is hammered chrome over brass shell in 6.5x14 (10 lug). All shells include Gretsch "302" 3mm/double-flanged hoops, Lightning throw off and butt plate, "Snap-in" drum key holder, 20-strand snare wire and Gretsch Permatone drum heads. The brass shells resonate with classic, musical tones and are extremely versatile. The "302" hoops provide a timbre that is more open and ambient than traditional Gretsch die-cast hoops.
Satin Natural (SN), Dark Ebony (DE), Satin Emerald Green (SEG), Satin Mahogany (SM) and Satin Tabasco (ST)
Nitron (Wrap) Finish:
Royal Blue Oyster (BO), Ruby Red Oyster (RO), Smoke Grey Oyster (GO) and
Vintage Cream Oyster (CO)
Brooklyn Series Specs
Shell: Gretsch Maple/American Poplar 6-Ply
Bearing Edge: Gretsch Style 30-degree
Hardware: USA Custom drum hardware in chrome
Shell Interior: Gretsch Silver Sealer with serialized
Brooklyn shell label
Hoops: "302" double-flanged 3.0mm
Badges: Brooklyn Round Badge
Configurations: 12 total configurations
Finishes: 5 Satin, 4 Nitron
BD Hoops/Satin: Maple hoops finished in satin natural
BD Hoops/Nitron: Maple hoops finished in satin black
with matching inlay
Drum Heads: Gretsch Permatone by Remo
Brooklyn Metal Snare Drums
Shell: Rolled 1.1mm brass with center knurl
pattern or 1.1mm hammered brass
Finish: Chrome with chrome hardware
Hoops: Gretsch "302" 3mm, double flanged
Throw-off: Lighting Throw-off / Butt plate
Snare Wires: 20 Strand
Heads: Permatone coated batter with white sound
dot and clear snare-side heads
Features: Snap-in key holder
for kit configurations and more information click here
Join the Club
For years, Gretsch’s Catalina Club has been the go-to drum set for versatility and reliable tone.
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.