With an international music career over 27 years, with 7 albums and a string of superband appearances including The Beatle's White Album, David Bowie Tribute and Easyfever, this aussie legend has notched up a legion of players lining up to get their own Gretsch.
Gretsch guitars achieved some popularity among New Wave and alternative rock guitarists in the 1980s.
The 5120, a single-cutaway model inspired by the 6120, became the best-selling guitar in Gretsch history.
The double-cutaway 5122 model, introduced in 2008 and inspired by the 6122 Country Gentleman, filled out the Korean-built Electromatic Hollow line.
Friedrich Gretsch manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums until his death in 1895. moved operations to a larger facility where Gretsch went on to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments.
Most modern-era Gretsch guitars are manufactured in the Far East, though American-made "Custom Shop" models are available.
They were of generally high quality, but with notable non-vintage details and features. S.-built "Custom Shop" models were offered at significantly higher prices.
Factory fires in the early 1970s caused serious problems, and production was finally halted by Baldwin in 1981. While this guitar model did little to bolster Gretsch's reputation for producing classic guitars, it served notice that Gretsch was back.
After numerous failed attempts to acquire facilities or contract production in the United States, Fred Gretsch and long-time Gretsch employee Duke Kramer, who advised Gretsch, turned to Terada of Japan, and production began there.
In 2002, Gretsch entered a business agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC). Gretsch would retain ownership while FMIC would handle most of the development, distribution and sales. In 1895, Gretsch died at the age of 39, and company was taken over by his wife and fifteen year-old son Fred.
Fred Gretsch expanded the business, adding Gretsch Building #1 at 109 South 5th Street in 1903, Gretsch Building #2 at 104-114 South 4th Street in 1910, and a new ten-story Gretsch Building #4 at 60 Broadway in 1916.
Duo Jets were chambered in accordance with vintage practice.