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Six Degrees of Separation--Gretsch Style!

Question: What does a nearly century-old guitar have to do with a college in the Chicago area, a country music artist from New York, and a classic building in Williamsburg? Answer: More than you might think.

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The Gretsch Building Turns 100

The Birthplace of Silver Jets, White Falcons, Round Badges, and “That Great Gretsch Sound” Turns 100 in 2016. Learn how in 1916 my grandfather, Fred Gretsch, Sr., took his bold vision of growing Gretsch into the largest music manufacturing company in America and constructed a large 10-story factory that, at the time, was the biggest building in Williamsburg, New York.

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

*Chet Atkins Little Black Book of Songs

*Fred Gretsch Receives Honorary Degree from Elmhurst College

*Gretsch Greatest Hits...and Hitters: Mark Guiliana


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


The Bachman-Gretsch Collection Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN closed on July 17.  We hope you had the opportunity to explore the history of the guitar with the exhibition that featured "...the largest collection of stringed instruments ever displayed by the museum" and also marked the first time this collection was made available to the public.

Some exciting and fun programs happened throughout the exhibit.  Here are the most recent, some of which you can enjoy now:

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

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

Songwriter Session:  Lindsay Ell, June 25. Watch.

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

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.  Watch.


German Guitar Heroes

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