Gretsch Guitars 135th Anniversary
135 years of effortless cool.
In 2018, Gretsch Guitars celebrate their 135th Anniversary.
For well over a century the Gretsch sound has been recognized as big and powerful, loud and clear.
In the early 1950s, Chet Atkins’ flawless finesse and Duane Eddy’s infamous twang jolted the airwaves with a sound that would forever mark That Great Gretsch Sound™ as one to be reckoned with.
When George Harrison led the British Invasion to American shores a legacy of sound soared, fueling decades of icons in Billy Duffy, Tim Armstrong and, of course, the thundering rhythms of the late Malcolm Young.
Like ourselves, Gretsch is a family business. The Gretsch Company was founded in 1883 when a German immigrant named Friedrich Gretsch opened a small musical instrument shop in Brooklyn, New York. When Friedrich died suddenly in 1895, his fifteen-year-old son, Fred Gretsch Sr., took over the company.