Gretsch celebrates 135th Anniversary with limited edition drum set and snare

2018 marks the 135th Anniversary of one of America’s oldest drum manufacturers, Gretsch Drums. To celebrate the occasion, the brand has released a limited edition drum set and snare drum.

Designed by Gretsch master drum builder Paul Cooper, the 135th Gretsch Drum Set features a Broadkaster series shell with Exotic Ribbon Mahogany outer ply, finished in Dark Emerald or Classic Mahogany nitrocellulose gloss lacquer, Gretsch Round Badges, and limited edition 135th Anniversary Remo Permatone drum heads.

Single-flange 301 hoops with vintage-style claw hooks complete the retro look and add to its signature tonality. Hand-crafted at the Gretsch USA factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina the kit is available in two 4-piece configurations: 5×14”/8×12”/ 14×14”/ 14 x 18” and 6.5×14”/8×12”/16×16”/14×22”.

Only 135 of these highly-prized drum sets will ever be produced.

Gretsch has also unveiled a 135th Anniversary 5″ × 14″ 8-lug Solid Aluminum Shell Snare Drum. Each one is hand engraved by master engraver Eric Sooy with a delicate engraving pattern encircling inspired by the 4160G gold plated engraved metal snare drum (introduced in 1968).

Assembled with 301 single flange hoops with mini-claw hooks, Lightning Throw-Off and snap-in key holder, each USA-made snare drum is complimented by a limited edition 135th Anniversary Permatone Drum Head. Each one comes with a deluxe carrying case.

Only 135 of these unique collector’s items will ever be produced.

“In 1883 my great Grandfather Friedrich Gretsch founded Gretsch Drums in Brooklyn, NY. It is with an incredible sense of honour that we mark 2018 as the 135th Anniversary of Gretsch Drums’ and we share this pride in accomplishment with the artisans, artists and Gretsch fans worldwide who have contributed to the history, longevity and the American tradition of handcrafting Gretsch Drums and inspiring “That Great Gretsch Sound,” said Gretsch Drums’ President, Fred Gretsch.



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