Gretsch Musical Instruments
Friedrich Gretsch founded his instrument building workshop in 1883 when he was 27 years old. Of course, at that time, he was making banjos, drums and tambourines in Brooklyn, New York. Friedrich was focused on designing and building the best in class and given his Germanic roots, he was a stickler for precise detail, aesthetics and masterful techniques. Since then, Gretsch has been a fixture of the musical instrument world. At Maple Leaf Music we currently favor their imported Roots Collection instruments that offer very enjoyable resophonics, mandolins, and ukuleles in a very accessible price range.
The Gretsch musical instrument company has become an iconic brand, synonymous with so much of what we all think of when we hear classic rock and roll and other Americana. Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Neil Young, Duane Eddy, Stephen Stills, Bo Diddley... the list is indeed legendary. Many modern players have also taken to the brand as well. The likes of G. Love, Billly Zoom, Brian Setzer, and the Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath continue to keep "that great Gretsch sound" prominent in our collective consciousness.