THE ONE

THE ONE THAT MAKES THE GUITAR PLAYER'S HEAD HURT
THE ONE THAT SPEAKS TO YOU
THE ONE THAT DEFINES YOUR SOUND
THE ONE THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BORROW
THE ONE THAT SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
THE ONE THAT MAKES YOU SMILE
THE ONE THAT EVERY OTHER DRUMMER WANTS
THE ONE THAT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY
THE ONE THAT TUNES PERFECTLY
THE ONE THAT ENGINEERS LOVE
THE ONE THAT LOOKS THE SEXIEST
THE ONE THAT RESPONDS JUST LIKE YOU EXPECT IT TO
THE ONE THAT YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR
THE ONE THAT WORKS ON EVERY GIG
THE ONE THAT MELTS PEOPLE'S FACES OFF
THE ONE THAT YOU HAND DOWN TO YOUR KID
THE ONE YOUR DRUMMER BUDDIES TALK ABOUT
THE ONE THAT IMPRESSES THE OPPOSITE SEX
THE ONE THAT RECORDS PERFECTLY EVERY TIME
THE ONE YOU PROTECT WITH YOUR LIFE
THE ONE THAT MAKES YOU PLAY BETTER
THE ONE THAT SOUNDS LIKE THUNDER
THE ONE THAT INSPIRES YOU
THE ONE THAT YOU NEVER LEAVE IN THE CAR
THE ONE YOU'LL NEVER SELL
THE ONE THAT DESERVES THE REALLY NICE BAG
THE ONE THAT GETS YOU THE DREAM GIG
THE ONE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF OWNING
THE ONE THAT SOUNDS PERFECT AT ANY VOLUME
THE ONE YOU ALWAYS GO TO

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  • GERGO BORLAI - INDEPENDENT/CLINICIAN

     

    5" x 14" chrome over brass

    G4160

    When its 1.2mm brass shell is plated with chrome, the drum’s high end is accentuated and the result is crisp, piercing tone, with powerful attack. Dry in character, Gretsch’s Chrome over Brass is free of disruptive overtones and has a broad playing surface. The 8-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Lightning throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • STEVE FERRONE - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

     

    6½" × 14" bell brass

    G4169BBR

    Its broad versatility makes the Gretsch Bell Brass snare one of the world’s most coveted snare drums. The 3mm cast bell brass shell has the powerful cut that you would expect from a metal drum with the warmth of a wood drum. The 20-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Lightning throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • MARK SCHULMAN - !PINK

     

    6½" × 14" solid maple

    G5-6514SSM

    Made in Gretsch’s Ridgeland, South Carolina factory, this single-ply, solid maple drum has a rich, warm tone and broad-ranging dynamics that make it the ideal drum for any gig. Available in dozens of Gretsch USA Custom finishes, this brilliant 10-lug snare features 4mm die cast hoops, a Lightning throw-off and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • JOE LABARBERA - BILL EVANS/EDUCATOR

     

    5½" × 14" rosewood

    S1-5514-RW

    Gretsch’s 9-ply rosewood shell produces a powerful, full-bodied sound with warm and ambient dynamics. The shell’s beautiful grain pattern is accentuated by a clear, high-gloss finish and its interior features Gretsch’s exclusive Silver Sealer. This 10-lug drum features die cast hoops, an adjustable throw-off andRemo® drumheads.

  • MATT SORUM - HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES/KING OF CHAOS

     

    6½" × 14" phosphorus bronze

    G4164PB

    Gretsch’s Phosphorus Bronze snare is built to destroy every 2 and 4 you play. The heavy 5mm cast shell produces strong projection and powerful clarity. This 10-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Lightning throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • MICHAEL MILEY - RIVAL SONS

     

    8" × 14" broadkaster

    GKSL0814S1CL

    The legendary 3-ply Gretsch Broadkaster returns in a very big way with this sonically brilliant snare drum. Deep and punchy, the maple/poplar/maple 20-lug drum features Gretsch 3mm “302” double-flanged hoops, a reverse-roundover bearing edge, Lightning throw-off and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • MIKE JOHNSTON - MIKELESSONS.COM

     

    6½" × 14" bronze

    G4169B

    Gretsch bronze snare drums are remarkably musical. The 1mm polished bronze shell produces dark, melodic tone with a contrastingly articulate high-end. The 20-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Micro-sensitive throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • KIMBERLY THOMPSON - INDEPENDENT

     

    6½" × 14" aluminum with wood hoops

    S1-6514A-WH

    This remarkable drum is a must-have for any snare collection. The 1.2mm seamless aluminum shell produces a satisfying dry tone with focused attack. The 13-ply rock maple hoops add a warm, earthy timbre and explosive cross stick clicks. This 10-lug snare features an adjustable throw-off and Remo® drumheads.

  • CHRIS FRYAR - ZAC BROWN BAND

     

    5" × 14" copper

    G4160C

    The Gretsch Copper is sharp in attack, yet the softness of the 1mm polished copper shell gives this snare tonal warmth and superb articulation. This 8-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Micro-sensitive throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • GARY NOVAK - MICHAEL LANDAU/LA STUDIOS

     

    6" × 14" black brass

    G4166D

    The Gretsch Black Brass produces bright tone and has great cutting ability. Its newly designed “dial” throw-off is quick and easy to use and allows full control of snare wire tension. The 1.2mm brass shell is plated in black nickel and the drum features 10 lugs, 4mm die cast hoops and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

  • ZACH DANZIGER - INDEPENDENT

     

    6½" × 14" solid aluminum

    G4164SA

    With its dry, focused attack and minimal overtones, the Gretsch Aluminum Snare offers dynamic controlled sound and outstanding playabilty. The 3mm cast reinforced shell is lightly finished with a coat of lacquer. The 10-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, Lightning throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

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Which Gretsch snare will you choose?

Gretsch has more choices than ever when it comes to achieving the ultimate personalized snare sound. No matter what style of music you play, both USA-made and Full Range™ snares offer a sonic palette that’s just waiting to be discovered.


 

6½ x 14" USA EBONY MAHOGANY SNARE DRUM

 

G5-6514ERM

Exquisite beauty and superior sonic performance come together in remarkable fashion in Gretsch’s all-new 6½ × 14 Ebony Mahogany Snare Drum. The classic Gretsch USA maple/gum shell features an exterior ply of lavish Ribbon Mahogany which is then finished with a deep, rich ebony stain. The 16-lug pattern and 4mm die cast hoops offer an expansive tuning range that delivers both thunderous lows and piercing highs. The drum also features Gretsch’s exclusive Silver Sealer interior, a Micro-Sensitive throw-off, 42-strand snare wires, a tone control dial, snap-in key holder and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.


 

5" × 14" hammered black steel

 

S1-0514-BSH

Unique in both appearance and performance, this snare’s 1.2mm steel shell uses its slightly oversized hammering impressions to deliver focused tone and a slightly dry attack. The 10-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, an adjustable throw-off and Remo® drumheads.

 

5" × 14" usa custom

 

part number determined by selected options

The USA Custom Snare Drum has been an essential component of “that great Gretsch sound” for over 65 years. The legendary maple/gum shell is expertly finished with a 30º bearing edge and Gretsch’s exclusive Silver Sealer interior. Handcrafted one-at-a-time in Gretsch’s Ridgeland, South Carolina factory, USA Custom snares come with a seemingly endless variety of hardware and finish options.

 

6½" × 14" solid steel

 

G4164SS

The Gretsch 3mm Solid Steel snare is a stunning combination of power, definition and sensitivity. Plated in deep black chrome, this 10-lug drum features 4mm die cast hoops, a Microsensitive throw-off, snap-in key holder, 42-strand snare wires and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

 

8" × 14" swamp dawg mahogany

 

S1-0814SD-MAH

When tuned low, the deep, 6-ply mahogany shell produces a throaty, “low-fi” timbre reminiscent of many historic recordings from the 1970s. At higher tunings, the Swamp Dawg cuts with saturating attack and full body. The drum features 8 tube lugs, triple-flanged hoops, 42-strand snare wires, an adjustable throw-off and Remo® drumheads.

 

6½" × 14" brooklyn
chrome over steel

 

GB4164S

This bold and beautiful snare drum possesses a balanced combination of medium to high frequencies, with sharp attack and impressive sustain. The drum features a 2mm chrome-plated steel shell, 10-lug Gretsch “302” triple-flanged hoops, 20-strand snare wires, Lightning throw-off and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo®.

 

6½" × 14" hammered black steel
with wood hoops

 

S1-6514WH-BSH

The combination of the 1.2mm hammered steel shell and rock maple wood hoops results in a snare drum that offers all of the advantages of a metal drum with greater attack and darker tone. The 10-lug drum features an adjustable throw-off and Remo® drumheads.