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Great Gretsch Fun in the Great White North

Great Gretsch Fun in the Great White North

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, members of the The Gretsch Pages (GDP) and Gretsch-Talk online communities with support from Gretsch Guitars participated in the fifth annual Canadian Roundup–a gathering of Gretsch Guitar enthusiasts.  Along with live musical performances, attendees were treated to food, prizes, and fire branding with the “official” Gretsch branding iron!  It all happened at the Royal Canadian Airforce Lodge in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Over 100 attendees from near and far brought their guitars to display, jam, and socialize with other like-minded, friendly folks.

Here are some event highlights in pictures:

Gretsch Guitars Everywhere!

Gretsch Display

Paul Overly from Baltimore, MD, and Paul Shannon from Philadelphia, PA found time to jam together.

John Beldman showing off his 1933 model #25 Archtop, serial #113.

Mark Rehkopf from Kitchener, Ontario won a NEW G5622T center-block model from our “Pick-Drop” game. Congrats!

Young guitarist Sebastian Craig’s mom, Cylvie, drove her son to the Roundup. Then mom ended up singing with the band!

And the cherry to top off the day was when attendees had the opportunity to fire brand a wooden board that proudly displayed their signed event “proclamation” that stated, “PRESENT & ACCOUNTED FOR AS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING”. A few folks got carried away and branded guitar cases. (See videos below.)  One attendee even branded their car bumper!

The “G” Brand ready to roll!!

Branding Videos!

Many thanks to local Authorized Gretsch dealers, Center Stage Music (Kingston, ON) and The Guitar Corner (Kitchener, ON) who were present and showed support by displaying store-stock Gretsch inventory and donating prizes.

And a special, big THANK-YOU to Mr. Joe Carducci, a great Gretsch brand ambassador, who puts his heart and soul into every event for the benefit of Gretsch fans worldwide!!

Joe Carducci with Bill Henry from Kingston, ON.

Joe with Apostolis Kustoms and Marisa from Montreal.

Joe with Solomon Woodland from Napanee, ON.

Thanks to all who attended! Hope to see you next year in the Great White North!