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Congratulations to Fred Gretsch!

Fred W. Gretsch, fourth-generation leader and president of the Gretsch Company--which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1883--was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Elmhurst College at the school’s Spring Commencement on May 28, 2016.

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Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: Kimberly Thompson

It’s hard to find a single word that accurately describes Kimberly Thompson. In fact, it’s hard to describe her using several words. “Original”… “dynamic”… “versatile”…“skillful”… they all fit. But perhaps the most appropriate term would be “determined.”

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

*On the Passing of Remo Belli.

*Gretsch Guitars Connects Past to a New Era of Women: Meet the Chicanery Band.

*The Birthplace of Silver Jets, White Falcons, Round Badges, and “That Great Gretsch Sound” Turns 100!!


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 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 29; June 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26.

Gretsch Bass Demonstration: Tom Petersson, June 23, 2 p.m.

Gretsch Fred & Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar with Fred Gretsch & Joe Carducci, June 24, 2:00 p.m. To be live streamed.

Songwriter Session:  Lindsay Ell, June 25, 11:30 a.m.  To be live streamed.

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


German Guitar Heroes

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