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Gretsch Day 2016 at Street Sounds

A very special event took place in Brooklyn, New York on June 4: the annual Gretsch Day at Street Sounds. Located on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn (and touting itself as “the world’s largest Gretsch dealer” for guitars, amps, and related accessories), Street Sounds staged an all-day event that showcased Gretsch products and Gretsch artists alike. UPDATE: INTERVIEW WITH DARREL HIGHAM ADDED.

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Fred Gretsch Receives Honorary Degree

Saturday, May 28 was a red-letter day for Fred W. Gretsch. The fourth-generation leader of the Gretsch family business was presented with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from suburban Chicago’s Elmhurst College at the school’s Spring Commencement ceremony. Bedecked in classic doctoral robes, Fred—who is himself an alumnus of Elmhurst—joined more than 600 Elmhurst graduates in celebrating their memorable life passage.

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

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

*Great Gretsch Guitarists: Joe Robinson

*Gretsch Guitar Connects Past with New Era of Women


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.


Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style. Drop in between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on any of the following dates: June 25, 26, and July 15.

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.

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

Gretsch Guitar Demonstration: Craig Dobbins, July 14, 11:30 a.m.

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.


German Guitar Heroes

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