Posted by Mick Common on 30th January 2013
With many thanks to Mike Dolbear for allowing us to to show his video of the Gretsch Stand (see below). Basically a good friend of Drum Shop UK, John Palmer, director of products at Gretsch drums took the time to show us all round the Gretsch stand at NAMM 2013. John came over to Drum Shop UK last year for a visit after he heard so much about us here at Drum Shop UK and was amazed by our shop which was great news for us and very much appreciated…
Okay here is a breif rundown of what is inside the video of all Gretsch’s new products.
We start by seeing a wall full of new Gretsch Snare Drums that will soon be available of which some we will be getting and some we may have to order but these snare drums look as good as you would expect from Gretsch. We see the new Stave snare drum which is 14” x 7” followed by the all new Taylor Hawkins Signature Black Nickel Steel snare drum that is 14” x 6.5”. We get to see the cool looking Gretsch Snare Drum Cases with the orange trim, they look great! John shows us the 130th Anniversary Birdseye Maple snare drum and the 130th Anniversary Flat Black Solid aluminium or should I say aluminum snare drum which is all black, this does look a nice snare drum but my favourite in the looks department of all the snare drums shown is the Retro Luxe in Pewter and White maple snare drum with a big iconic 50’s looking badge the drum is finished off with a nice trim, looks great! We also get to see the Swamp Dog, a 14” x 8” Mahogany 6-ply shell. This baby delivers low and deep throaty tones when tuned way down..
John moves us towards the new Brooklyn Cocktail drum kit which he tells us that they are looking into doing a USA Custom Cocktail drum kit, now I bet that would be nice!!? We see a sneak at the new Satin White lacquer renown with it’s new round badge, the theme this year seems to be back to the old classic round badge, which does look great, I might add we also get to see the new Gretsch suspension system which has new low profile brackets.
John then shows us the Taylor Hawkins drum kit in a red stain which is fitted with gold drum hardware and surrounded by gold hardware stands. The toms are concert toms giving it a prog rock look and sound. The Taylor Hawkins drum kit is finished off with a homage to his dad with a photograph of his dad face on the bass drum head.
We next see the new Catalina Street Kit (mahogany shells) which at first glance looks a little bit odd with its cut in half bass drum which is held together with an adjustable rod on each side of the bass drum allowing the drummer more control over the sound and volume of his bass drum with the adjustable depth. Looks odd but kind of funky too!!
The Catalina Maple in a Satin Walnut Fade this is a new finish which is a hand applied stain and then several sprayed layers of lacquer which is then hand sanded to a finish that is smooth to the touch.
We get to see a 130th Anniversary drum kit that has been made to compliment the Gretsch 130th Anniversary Guitar. The guitar is black with a gold scratch plate, looks great but the Gretsch USA Custom kit that compliments the guitar is half black and half gold on each drum, looks awesome.
A favourite here at Drum Shop UK have been the Brooklyn drum kits and we get to see a 130th Anniversary Gretsch Brooklyn in Pewter Sparkle this will be made to order only. It comes with its own label and serial number and signed certificate of authenticity as do all 130th Anniversary drum kits…Nice!
Lastly, we see the three other 130th Anniversary drum kits that are planned to come out in quarters of the year and are each limited editions. We see the Silver Satin Flame Nitron planned for quarter 2 of the year (around May) where only 35 will be available worldwide, we have one on it way to us, so keep a look out. This kit is a Be-Bop kit based on the 1960’s. We then see the 130th Anniversary Birdseye Maple 5-piece shell pack which is due in March. There are 12 available in Europe only and we have one coming into us here at Drum Shop UK, we’re on it like no other!!!. This is the last and possibly the best a Be-Bop vintage build based on the 1950’s with diamond plate brackets on the gold satin flame shells, there is a banana rail fitted to the bass drum and mufflers on the drums.. Gretsch Seem to have been very busy to the build up in NAMM 2013 and we look forward to seeing and sampling their products very soon.
A special thank you to Mike Dolbear for allowing us to use his video