Founded by a 27-year-old Fredriech Gretsch in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, Gretsch has been producing high-quality musical instruments for well over 100 years. Best known for their guitars and drums of the 1950s and ‘60s, that great Gretsch sound has helped to shape essential records by all walks of artists from Elvin Jones to Elvis Presley.
You know it when you hear it, and you’ve heard it a lot. It’s that great Gretsch sound and you can get it on drums and guitars ranging from entry-level that’s perfect for beginners, to workhorse models for the gigging pro, and on up to the top-of-the-line Masterbuilt series. A Gretsch just isn’t a Gretsch without it!
If you’re looking for American-made quality that doesn’t skimp on style, look no further than the Gretsch Custom Shop and the amazing work of Gretsch Masterbuilder and our frequent collaborator Stephen Stearn.
With some of the wildest looks on walls, Grestch’s mid-century aesthetic sets them apart from other manufacturers. Their penchant for retro-inspired body shapes and mod colors accented by gold hardware consistently produces equipment easily confused for a work of art.