Any anniversary celebration is special. But when it’s a double anniversary, that’s extra-special. And when one of those anniversaries marks 130 years…well, that’s unique.
So it was with the Gretsch 130th Anniversary celebration, which was held this past May 4 at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, Georgia. The location was appropriate, since Bloomingdale is just “down the road a bit” from Pooler, which is where my wife Dinah and I reside. And the Gretsch USA Custom Drums factory is located just across the river, in Ridgeland, South Carolina.
The setting for the event had a somewhat rural... Read More
GRETSCH MAKES HISTORY WITH RENOWN PUREWOOD BEECH 6-PIECE KIT
August 11, 2010
Gretsch’s latest addition to its Renown Purewood lineup marks a first in the 126 year old brand’s history. For the first time ever, the company is incorporating beech wood into “That Great Gretsch Sound”. Limited to 45 kits in the US, Gretsch’s Renown Purewood Beech 6-piece kit (RP-E826-BCH) features 100% 7-ply beech shells, 30-degree bearing edges and die cast hoops. To retain the natural beauty of the beech wood, the kit is finished in a medium/ dark cherry stain and applied the standard Renown gloss lacquer finish. High quality triple chrome plated Renown hardware components complete the kit. Sizes: 18 x 22 bass drum, 8 x 10 tom, 9 x 12 tom, 14 x 14 floor tom, 16 x 16 floor tom and 6.5 x 14 10-lug snare. Retail: $3690
Other Features Include: • Matching beech bass drum hoops • Non drilled bass drum (tom arms and clamps are included) • Chambered rubber FT feet • Evans G2 clear batter heads, EMAD BD batter head
About Gretsch Drums: With 126 years of fine hand-craftsmanship under their belt, Gretsch Drums is one of the oldest operating drum companies in the United States. World renowned for “That Great Gretsch Sound” and a meticulous commitment to quality, the company produces drums for all levels of players, from the beginning drummer to the discriminating professional. In 2000, Gretsch entered an exclusive worldwide distribution partnership with KMC Music, Inc., paving the way for the company to increase their distribution reach and expand their product offering to include Gretsch products for any level of player. Through the years, Gretsch’s unique tonal quality has won endorsements from some of the industry’s most respected artists including Charlie Watts, Phil Collins, Vinnie Colaiuta, Cindy Blackman, Steve Ferrone, Stefanie Eulinberg (Kid Rock), Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) among others. Gretsch’s flagship USA Custom and Signature drums are manufactured in Ridgeland, SC.
Gretsch USA Custom
Hand-crafted every step of the way
The epitome and legend of "That Great Gretsch Sound." The USA Custom series is hand-crafted every step of the way in our Ridgeland, SC factory by highly experienced and skilled drumsmiths. Our legendary Gretsch formula 6-ply shell is the cornerstone of our legendary sound. Shells are completed with 30-degree bearing edges, Silver Sealer, die-cast hoops and custom finishes - ingredients all combined to make a sound long recognized for its classic clear timbre, balanced tone and explosive projection. Custom design your Gretsch dream kit "a la cart" by choosing your desired drum sizes, colors and hardware options. The Gretsch legend continues.
The NEW Gretsch USA Custom Order Guide will explain the many options that are available to help you design a drum set that matches your individual voice as a drummer.
Carefully developed to produce tones that explode a balanced amount of warm low end frequencies
The Catalina Maple series starts with the Gretsch maple formula shell. We carefully developed the maple shell specification to produce tones that explode with attack and volume and project a balanced amount of warm, low-end frequencies. All Catalina Maple shells are 7-ply, 7.2mm.
The Catalina Maples are available in two configurations - a 6-piece shell pack set and a 5-piece shell pack set. Add-on drums are also available to allow for further drum set expansion.