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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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When Freidrich Gretsch began making drums, banjos and tambourines in the late 1800's, there was no way of telling how renowned his name would become in the grand scheme of popular music. Today, Gretsch has an immaculate reputation that's firmly planted in the minds of musicians all over the globe. From iconic recording studios to the most legendary concert stages, the Gretsch name can easily be found, thanks to their serious dedication to superb tone and professional craftsmanship.
Gretsch guitars have graced the hands of many influential artists, including Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer, Chet Atkins and Tim Armstrong. However, Gretsch is also well known and praised for their lineup of many other musical instruments and accessories, such as mandolins, ukulele's, and even cases, straps and strings. Whatever rocks your socks, you can be sure that everything constructed by Gretsch is built to last, and made with only the finest materials and components.
Amongst Gretsch's many top sellers is their Root Series G9200 Boxcar Resonator. Consisting of a round neck that's preferred by most musicians of ragtime and country blues, the heart of this incredible guitar is the Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone. Hand-spun in Eastern Europe from around 99-percent pure aluminum, it's a significant reason why this guitar has such amazing sonic projection. For bass players, the Gretsch G2220 Electromatic Junior Jet ll electric bass guitar contains dual mini humbucker pickups, a rosewood fingerboard, and is capable of filling a room with tremendous subsonic tones. As mentioned earlier, Gretsch also constructs highly durable and impeccably designed guitar cases, and the G6238 is a popular option, fitting both Gretsch Duo Jets and Pro Jet guitars.
The unique tonal quality in every instrument manufactured by Gretsch is truly one of a kind. And with a family of instruments and other musical accessories that are continuously expanding, Gretsch will forever remain a go-to choice amongst expert musicians and amateur enthusiasts alike.