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John Hammond

Gretsch Artist Since: 
Band or Affiliations: 
Nashville studio, Tim Akers & The Smoking Section
Current Kit Setup: 

USA Custom 18x22”, 7x10”, 8x12”, 14x14”, 16x16”
Brooklyn 16x24”, 8x12”, 9x13”, 16x16”, Varying snare drums including 5x14” USA Custom maple snare, 6.5x14” USA Custom, 6.5x14” Solid Aluminum, 6.5x14” Brooklyn Chrome Over Brass


I’d say the studio greats have had the biggest impact; drummers like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Carlos Vega, and Steve Jordan. Local Atlanta area drummers like Barry Borden and Bryan Holmes were hugely influential as well.

We asked...Why Gretsch?: 

"No other drum sounds like a Gretsch drum. To me it’s best described as a “classic” sound. It’s the sound I grew up hearing on my favorite records, and it’s the sound I want."

Advice to Aspiring Musicians: 

"Learn your craft, from instrument preparation (tuning, etc.) to basic musical styles. You should be ready for whatever musical situation presents itself.