The Gretsch Company Celebrates 125th Anniversary

news_gretsch.jpg Throughout the year, Gretsch will celebrate by introducing new lines of limited edition anniversary drums, guitars, and other Gretsch products and hosting a major concert event in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

The Gretsch Company will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2008.  Throughout the year, Gretsch will celebrate by introducing new lines of limited edition anniversary drums, guitars, and other Gretsch products; conducting an online search for the world’s best unsigned artists called Next Gretsch Greats; and hosting a major concert event in New York City featuring an illustrious lineup of "Gretsch Greats."

"It’s quite exciting to reach this remarkable milestone," said President Fred W. Gretsch.  "We owe our many years of success to four generations of Gretsch owners and the dedicated men and women on their team who were – and are – passionate about great music and high-quality instruments."

According to research conducted by American Management Services, Inc., only three percent of American family-owned businesses survive to the fourth generation.  The Gretsch Company is among that relative handful of fourth-generation companies.

Based in Savannah, Ga., the company has earned its reputation as an industry leader through 125 years of enduring commitment to manufacturing professional-quality, handcrafted instruments.  The Gretsch Company began in 1883 when Friedrich Gretsch, a German immigrant, started making banjos, tambourines and other instruments in a Brooklyn, N.Y. factory. The company’s popularity grew steadily, and then exploded with the arrival of rock-n-roll in the 1950s and 1960s as Gretsch attracted famous endorsers like George Harrison, Bo Diddley and Charlie Watts.

Today, Gretsch drums and guitars are the preferred instruments of many studio musicians and recording artists looking for unique tonal quality and hand-made craftsmanship.

"For as long as I can remember Gretsch drums have always epitomized ‘class,’" said longtime Gretsch endorser Phil Collins.  "I remember prowling around the drum shops of London in the 60s gazing at the beautiful drums in the windows.  More often than not it was the Gretsch kits that made my mouth water.  Then I started to notice which drummers played which drums – Charlie Watts played Gretsch, so did Tony Williams.  Many more of course, but those two were enough for me."

As the 2007 recipient of Cox Family Enterprise Center’s Century Award for Family Business, the company is also known for its strong commitment to community service.  Last year, Gretsch awarded four college scholarships and donated numerous guitars for school fundraisers across the country.  The Gretsch family was also an early major sponsor of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga.

"The Gretsch Company is gearing up for another 125 years of excellence" said CFO Dinah Gretsch.  "We look forward to an exciting future creating that great Gretsch sound."

More information about The Gretsch Company’s 125th Anniversary celebrations can be found at www.gretsch125th.com and www.myspace.com/gretsch125th .

 

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