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Old 01-16-2008, 02:30 PM
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Default Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I'm going to pick-up a set of Gretsch Maple Fusion (6 ply maple) and I'm pretty sure the stock heads are not going to be the greatest. What heads would you suggest for a deeper, warm tom sound? There are four toms, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, 14 x 14, 16 x 16. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I think all the new Gretsch kits come with Evans heads these days. If not, I would go with either clear or coated G2s over clear G1s. This is a popular combination that works with several styles of music.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:02 PM
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I think all the new Gretsch kits come with Evans heads these days. If not, I would go with either clear or coated G2s over clear G1s. This is a popular combination that works with several styles of music.
These or Remo Emperors. I use the emps on my Gretsch Birch kit and they sound great. No muffling required.
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:40 PM
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I think all the new Gretsch kits come with Evans heads these days. If not, I would go with either clear or coated G2s over clear G1s. This is a popular combination that works with several styles of music.
The Gretsch USA sets don't, only the Catalina Club, Renown, and New Classic sets. The USA sets come with Permatone heads.

But I second the coated G2 over G1 combo. If you want less sustain, put Resonant Glass heads on instead of the G1's.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:26 PM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I like the sound of those Gretsch toms... nice and dark... on 2 ply heads theywork specially well with G2's... clears will be brighter, coated will have nice punch and mellower overtones... personally I'll try those.

Another good sugestion for a beefy, powerful tone, would be Evans EC2 heads as is... I like Emepor clear as well for that sound, maybe a tad of muffling in that case.

If you want great resonance with powerful and a clear sound coated ambassador would just scream on those toms... specially if you like tuning higher, they would choke less.

For the Bass drum I'd go with EMAD, Gretsch bass drums are MONSTERS... an EMAD with maybe a T shirt just touching the front head, batter medium low, reso REALLY low will be killer.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:17 AM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

Cant go wrong with Remo ambassodors. Just such good heads.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:38 PM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

Thanks for the advice everyone. I got a set of Catalinas and went with G2's all around and left the stock on the res's, for now. The set sounds great.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:38 PM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I'd try some Evans J1's. Thats just me. I'm a jazzbo.
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:04 AM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

So the G2's sound good? I bought the same kit 2 months ago and there sorta starting to sound plasticy, and thats what I'm learning towards to. Love the kit though.
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:21 AM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I left the stock reso's and put G2 on the toms. Great sound to my ears.
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

I have g2 coated over g1 coated on my Catalina Rock but I'm thinking of trying the EQ1s for a warmer more open sound. The g2s are kinda bright. I'm just mad they dont' offer an 18" j1
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:38 PM
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Default Re: Buying Gretsch - what heads would you suggest?

Another suggestion is Aquarian. I just put Response 2 coated over Classic clears on my Renown standard and I like these. I think these are simlar to the Evans G2/G1 combo.
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