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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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Guitar Legend Duane Eddy

Learn how a simple introduction by a Beatle 25 years ago led to two Gretsch signature models, and a long friendship with “The King of Twang.” Included is an exclusive interview with Duane wherein he shares many memories and colorful stories about his nearly 60-year career in music.

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Nashville Expo Center, located on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds - See more at:
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American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection - NOW OPEN THROUGH MID-JULY!

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 happen throughout the exhibit:

Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style. Drop in between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on any of the following dates:  May 1, 15, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30; June 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26.

Songwriter Session:  Lindsay Ell, June 25, 11:30 a.m.

Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion with Andy Babiuk, June 25, 1:30 p.m.



Andy Babuik's critically-acclaimed book is now expanded with over 650 new and previously unpublished photos as well as plenty of new and never-before-told stories. This book is the first to tell the full story of how the Beatles made their music. It details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards the Beatles used at the key points of their relatively brief but entirely revolutionary career…

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German Guitar Heroes

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