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The Gretsch Guitars' trajectory wasn't always upward. In the late '60s, Gretsch became a subsidiary of the Baldwin Piano Company. Numerous problems, including factory fires, during the Baldwin years finally resulted in a halt to Gretsch guitar production in 1981. Fortunately, the Gretsch family led by Frederick Gretsch III reacquired the company in 1985 and began to restore the brand's luster. In 2002, Gretsch and Fender reached an agreement giving Fender, maker of some of the most famous guitars and basses, control over production and distribution of Gretsch Guitar products.
Instrumental in the Gretsch comeback, rocker Brian Setzer appreciated the Gretsch Guitar sound so much that after they had gone out of production he searched out classic Gretsch models on the used market. So avid a user was Setzer, that when Gretsch resumed their guitar business, they named several models in Setzer's honor. Today you can get a Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Electric Guitar, a Brian Setzer Hot Rod, or a Gretsch Brian Setzer Black Phoenix.
Other Gretsch guitarists include notables like Lou Reed, Brian Jones, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Bo Diddley, Bono, David Crosby, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison, Joe Perry, Tom Petty, Slash, Stephen Stills, Malcolm Young, Dave Grohl, Jack White, and many others.
Another Gretsch enthusiast, Patrick Stump of the multi-platinum selling band Fall Out Boy, also has a signature model: the Patrick Vaughn Stump Signature Series Gretsch STUMP-O-MATIC Electromatic Corvette Guitar, a stylish sonic monster.
Today Gretsch Guitars makes accurate re-creations of many of the classic Gretsch models that contributed so much to the sounds we love. The budget-friendly Gretsch Electromatic series gives you a whole lot of electric guitar, bass, or amplifier for a small outlay of cash. Gretsch also offers their Rancher line of flattop acoustic-electric guitars that come in dreadnought, jumbo, and junior configurations.
When you buy your Gretsch Guitar, bass, or amp from Musician's Friend, you have the security of the best guarantees in the music industry as well as the benefit of thousands of unedited user reviews to help you make your selection.
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Town Hall Party! This tribute to the early Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body models of the mid-'50s features...
Used to define his sound on early Beatles songs, George Harrison played his Gretsch on the Ed Sullivan show....
That full-bodied piano-like sound that Tim loves is generated by parallel tone bars and a sound post mounted...
That Gretsch sound...with 'tude.
A rose by any other name ... The classic Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose model features a 16" laminated maple body,...
A single-cutaway slice of history! Designed in close conjunction with Paul Yandell, Chet Atkins rhythm...
Single-cutaway semi-hollow mahogany body that's super lightweight, one-piece mahogany neck with Neo-Classic...
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