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Remembering Louie Bellson

Louie Bellson was a legendary clinician and educator. The eternal student himself, he was always eager to share his knowledge and his skills with young drummers. And on top of everything else, Louie was an innovator. His vision of what a drumset could be literally revolutionized the design of the instrument, blazing a trail that would be followed by generations of creative drummers. And when Louie first sought to turn his vision into reality, he turned to the Gretsch Drum Company.

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Chet Atkins’ Little Black Book (of Songs)

From the outside, it looks like an everyday, ordinary pocket-sized memo book. The kind you can still buy at any office supply store. Its black leather cover is worn around the edges and it’s scuffed from years of being put in coat pockets, briefcases, suitcases – and even guitar cases. Just like the man who bought it, the book’s cover is understated and unassuming. But once opened, you’re given a fascinating glimpse into the musical journey of the book’s original owner: Chet Atkins.

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Nashville Expo Center, located on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds - See more at:

*Gretsch Day at Street Sounds NYC

*Fred Gretsch Receives Honorary Degree from Elmhurst College

*Gretsch Greatest Hits...and Hitters: Kimberly Thompson


American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection


The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN is exploring the history of the guitar with an exciting exhibition of "...the largest collection of stringed instruments ever displayed by the museum" which "marks the first time this collection has been made available to the public." Learn more.

Some exciting and fun programs are happening throughout the exhibit.


Gretsch Guitar Demonstration: Richard Smith, July 13, 1:00 p.m.

Gretsch Guitar Demonstration: Guy Van Duser, July 14, 1:00 p.m.

Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style. Drop in between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on July 15.

Gretsch Guitar Demonstration: Pat Kirtley, July 15, 1:00 p.m.

Musical Celebration to Send Off the Bachman-Gretsch Exhibit: The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Tommy Emmanuel, Eddie Pennington, Joe Robinson, and Striking Matches, July 16, 2:00 p.m.  To be live streamed.


Gretsch Bass Demonstration: Tom Petersson, June 23. Watch NOW.

Gretsch Fred & Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar with Fred Gretsch & Joe Carducci, June 24. Watch NOW.

Songwriter Session:  Lindsay Ell, June 25. Watch NOW.

Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion with Andy Babiuk, June 25. Watch NOW.


German Guitar Heroes

Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.