Welcome to Brooklyn
Introducing the Gretsch Brooklyn Series
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.
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.
The return to Brooklyn means a return to a Round Badge. The Brooklyn Round Badge has a black/pewter color scheme with classic embossed Gretsch design.
Satin Finish Colrs: Mahogany (SM), Dark Ebony (SDE), Tobasco (ST), Emerald Green (SEG)
Nitron (Wrap) Finish Colors: Vintage Cream Oyster (CO), Smoke Grey Oyster (GO), Ruby Red Oyster (RO), Royal Blue Oyster (BO)
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: 6 total configurations
Finishes: 4 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 more specs and photos check out the Brooklyn Series Product Page