1st Generation Gretsch Catalina Jazz


Senior Member

I recently picked up a 1st generation Gretsch Catalina Jazz kit, the ones with the "club date" style center mounted lugs and plain wood hoops, in Silver Sparkle.

To the best of my knowledge, they only came in two finish choices: Silver Sparkle and White Marine Pearl. Is that right?

Also, did these kits come with snares? Mine did not. I can't remember if they came from the factory with an included snare or not.

I was browsing Reverb and I saw this kit listed. There is no mention of a re-wrap, but I'm thinking it has to be. I know the Gretsch sometimes did "Limited Edition" finishes of their Catalina stuff (ie an Exclusive finish only for Sam Ash etc.), but I've never seen a 1st generation kit in anything other then Silver Sparkle or White Marine Pearl.

Anyone else have information to the contrary?




Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
I think there were 4 finishes. Don't really remeber, but I think there was a black one.

There should be a snare, but you're not missing out on anything.

Gretsch does make limited runs. My Catalina kit is an example.