Gretsch Question

Chunkaway

Silver Member
Has anybody ever played a Gretsch USA Custom kit with 302 hoops or 2.3mm hoops? I am wondering if the drums would sound like a Gretsch Brooklyn series.

(To my ears, the Brooklyn series sounds a little warmer than the USA Custom line, but the finishes on the USA Custom are MUCH better.)

Thanks!
 

dmacc_2

Well-known member
Someone's already tested this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nXSqLya62U

I own both a USA Custom Bop Kit and a Brooklyn Bop kit.

Everyone defines sounds differently and of course heads / tuning matters.

That being said, to my ears, the Brooklyns don't sound warmer than the USA's. They resonate a tad more and I think have a little less attack that the USA's. Some of this probably has as much to do with the shell difference as it does with the hoops.

I like them both. They do sound a little different but are undeniable Gretsch.
 

Chunkaway

Silver Member
Someone's already tested this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nXSqLya62U

I own both a USA Custom Bop Kit and a Brooklyn Bop kit.

Everyone defines sounds differently and of course heads / tuning matters.

That being said, to my ears, the Brooklyns don't sound warmer than the USA's. They resonate a tad more and I think have a little less attack that the USA's. Some of this probably has as much to do with the shell difference as it does with the hoops.

I like them both. They do sound a little different but are undeniable Gretsch.

Thank you very much for the link, I really appreciate that.

The first thing I noticed is the two kits were not tuned the same way. The first kit is definitely tuned higher than the second kit. Having said that, there isn't a great deal of difference between the two kits. More importantly, those recordings leave me completely flat in regards to the "Gretsch" sound. Maybe it is just the recording, but the drums (both sets) sound pretty cold to my ears. Hmm...
 
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