About Gretsch Drums
The Gretsch Company is a brand with deep American roots whose drums have set a backbeat for one music revolution after another. With classic, vintage aesthetics and tone, Gretsch drums were a mainstay in the rhythm section of the swing, bop and cool jazz eras. With a focused product line and a sound that will never go out of style, Gretsch has an expanding roster of artists that are putting the brand at the forefront in new genres.
Founded by German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, Gretsch drums were proudly crafted in the borough for the better part of the century. Brooklyn and Gretsch share a fused history that is part of American music history. After a string of acquisitions and sales in the 20th century, Gretsch was re-purchased by Fred Gretsch in the '80s and, with manufacturing operations in the Southeastern United States, remains a family, American company.
The lore and excitement of the "Great Gretsch Sound" is one that is known to musicians far and wide – over all styles of music. The classic badge styles of Gretsch drums are a trademark for that sound, but it's the craft and quality inside the drums that has always enabled a Gretsch to rise to any challenge. Drum series like the "Brooklyn", Renown and the USA Custom are handbuilt by veteran drum builders in Ridgefield, South Carolina and feature classic tonewoods like maple and new-era woods like American poplar.
Additionally, Gretsch-quality drums are available to elementary drummers or those operating on a budget. The Energy and Renegade series offer all-poplar shells in a wide array of configurations with high-end features like suspended toms and an undrilled kick drum. These drums are available with optional hardware and Sabian cymbal packs.
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