In 1984, Gretsch was bought back by a member of the Gretsch family, Fred W.
Gretsch, the son of the late William "Bill" Gretsch and great-grandson of original company founder Friedrich Gretsch.
Gretsch was founded by Friedrich Gretsch, a German immigrant who opened his own musical instrument shop in Brooklyn, New York in 1883.
After Friedrich's sudden death in 1895, his enterprising son, Fred Gretsch Sr., took over the business as a teenager.
As always, we are learning and researching and adding new items to this web site.
Since we can't list it all here, our Vintage Drum Guide houses all the research and history on Gretsch Drums and that is the place to gain more information about your drums!
We have an extensive section devoted to Gretsch Drums over on our Vintage Drum Guide web site.
This could be a born together set, I don't know the history of this set.
To mark the occasion, the company sent us a brace of snare drums, each bearing a 125th anniversary silk-screened decal.
They also have the famous round badge, the distinguishing label of Gretsch drums from the '30s to the end of the '60s.
Even Charlie Watts, who's played the same Gretsch kit on stage for decades, doesn't normally couple it with a Gretsch snare.
So how will these two commemorative models shape up?