Gretsch is a name that resounds in virtually every musical circle. In the more than 100 years since Friedrich Gretsch founded the company, it's branched out into guitars and other instruments—but its roots have always been in percussion, with drums, tambourines and banjos making up the original lineup of Gretsch offerings. A particularly good period for Gretsch drums began with a surge in popularity among jazz drummers in the 1950s and stretched into the '70s. During this era, the Gretsch name adorned the kits of drummers like Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and, by the 1970s, Billy Cobham. Through years while on tour with Genesis, Phil Collins used a Gretsch drum kit, and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones has relied on Gretsch for an incredible 45-year span—longer than many drum builders have even existed.
Offering a variety of collections with drums available in sets or individually, Gretsch has something available for any drummer. If you're just starting out, give the Energy kits a look. They come with a full set of hardware to get you started, including some nice Sabian cymbals as the icing on the cake. For a diverse selection, check out the Catalina models, available in maple, ash, mahogany club classic and even club jazz editions to deliver venue-tailored percussion sounds. At the higher end of the lineup, Gretsch caters to the most discerning professionals with the rock maple-shelled Renown sets and the new Marquee series designed to produce explosive, open tones.
Naturally, any self-respecting drum builder needs a good selection of snares, and Gretsch is ready with a lineup that's sure to impress. The Renown series makes another appearance here, as well as a wide array of both open and closed-bottom snares. You're free to pick out the wood or metal that you prefer for the shell, or choose from the Signature Series snares to follow in the footsteps of Taylor Hawkins, Mark Schulman or Steve Ferrone. The power of choice is alive and well in Gretsch snare drums.
Whether you're looking for a snare, a standalone tom, bass or an entire drum set, Gretsch is ready for you. Just select the Gretsch drums that you most want to try and you'll be well on your way to discovering first-hand why they're preferred by so many drummers.