The Origins of the Gretsch Name
In a tale dear to all American's hearts, Gretsch was started by a German immigrant by the name of Friedrich Gretsch in 1883 Brooklyn New York. Initially a producer of Banjos and drums, the Gretsch brand grew to be the largest instrument manufacturer in the early 20th century and by the early 1930's Gretsch Guitars were born. At around the time as some other pioneers, Gretsch Guitars created its first solid body electric with the Duo Jet in 1953, a model still extremely popular today.
Gretsch Guitars in the 21st Century
As the Gretsch brand passes 130 years in operation it would be hard to see any signs of slowing down. With guitar greats like Chet Atkins and Brian Setzer as its eternal endorsee's, Gretsch Guitars has continued to hold true their mantra that every guitar has a personal touch that can be as unique as the emotions of the player. Today Gretsch Guitars can be found on stages all over the world in the hands of musical icons such as Jack White, , Billy Duffy, Reverend Horton Heat, Richard Fortus of Guns and Roses, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Jerry Cantrel , David Gilmore and Lady Gaga! Recently passed rock legends Tom Petty and Malcolm Young (RIP) were also famous for that Great Gretsch Sound. The versatility, ingenuity, style and statement of Gretsch Guitars set them apart from the pack while maintaining the legacy of one of the world’s most iconic guitar brands.