Gretsch Guitars

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About Gretsch Guitars

Gretsch guitars are some of the most iconic in electric guitar history. Gretsch's large hollow body instruments are known for their highly decorative look and distinctive 'twangy' sound.

The story of Gretsch began with Friedrich Gretsch, a German immigrant to the USA who set up business in Brooklyn, New York back in 1895. The company went on, under the guidance of Friedrich's son, to become the major guitar manufacturer that it is today.

Gretsch is best known for its hollow body electric guitar models including the White Falcon and the Country Gentleman. They have long been seen as a luxury, top price brand and though they continue to make high end guitars, recent years have seen more affordable ranges appear. Both the Electromatic and the Streamliner lines are significantly less expensive than the Professional series and have been stratospherically popular.

As a major UK Gretsch dealer, we keep an exhaustive selection of Gretsch guitars available in every UK guitarguitar store. From Limited Edition White Flacons to Streamliners and every model in between, you can find no better selection anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gretsch Guitars

Whilst there are a wide range of Gretsch guitars and they all display different elements of tone, the one word that encapsulates Gretsch more than any other is 'twang'. Early rock 'n' roll stars perhaps helped associate Gretsch with this type of sound and legends such as Duane Eddy sealed the deal with their melodic, super-twangy instrumentals. Gretsch guitars incorporate low to medium power pickups along with hollow and semi hollow guitar bodies to produce that 'great Gretsch' sound! Gretsch guitars are popular in a wide range of musical genres from country to blues to rock 'n' roll. Gretsch players tend to prefer a little less gain on their sound alonsgide lots of crunchy, scratchy rhythm playing.
Well, we would assume you've forgotten that AC/DC's Malcolm Young exclusively played Gretsch and point you towards the likes of The Cult's Billy Duffy, Rancid's Tim Armstrong and of course Jack White and say that yes, Gretsch guitars most definitely can be used in Heavy rock!
That would be none other than the Gretsch G6136T White Falcon. The White Falcon is actually a range of instruments but all are broadly similar in the sense that they are large, hollow and full of beautiful Gretsch details! Billy Duffy actually has his own signature White Falcon these days: the G7593T Billy Duffy Signature Falcon.
Gretsch's Professional Series guitars are made in Japan. The Electromatic Series are made in Korea (and occasionally China) and the Streamliners are built in Indonesia.
No, Fender distribute Gretsch and have a hand in development but the company is actually owned by Fred W Gretsch. The company headquarters are in Savannah, Georgia.