Let's see your Gretsch kits (saved the best for last!)

GruntersDad

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OK fellow Gretsch owners, you've seen the rest now its time to show the best. Post your Gretsch kits here, and show them what makes that Great Gretsch Sound.

My Gretsch Renown Maple in Cherry Burst
22 x 18
8 x 7 rack
10 x 8 rack
12 x 10 rack
14 x 14 floor
14 x 7 Vaughcraft Steambent Snare
22 inch Masterwork Jazz series Ride
16, 17 Masterwork Jazz Series Crash
Pearl Icon 501 Rack
18 inch Sabian HHX Evolution Crash
14 inch Masterwork Jazz Series Hats
8, 10, 12 Wuhan Splashes
Pearl Icon 501 Rack
 

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fourstringdrums

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Re: SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST

Even though I won't be in this club anymore soon I'll post anyway.

Gretsch New Classic in Ivory Marine Pearl
14x18
8x12
14x14
6.5x14 Hammered Black Chrome Steel Snare
6x14 McKenzie Steambent Myrtle Snare (not shown..older pic)

15" Bosphorus Masters Hi-hat
19" Bosphorus Antique Thin Ride
21" Bosphorus Turk Med-Thin Ride (actually for sale, no longer using)
20" Bosphorus New Orleans Ride


 

rritter

Senior Member
Re: SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST

My 6 piece Catalina Birch with maple snare at a recent job. I currently own 3 kits. A Slingerland 7 piece from 1981, the Cats from 2004, and a new Sonor Force 3007 kit configured the same as the Cats. The Catalina kit will be a tough act to follow with the new Sonors. Gretsch makes a great product and they build in that “Great Gretsch Sound” even in their Asian made kits. 100% satisfied with My Gretsch.

 

max77

Senior Member
My new Gretsch Catalina Jazz in Marine White Pearl :

18X14
12X8
14X14
14X5

All originals heads who cames with the kit , I tuned it and the kit sounds amazing compared to my sonor force 1005. The bass drums is punchy but with enough presence , the toms sing with the low of mahogany (Oh my god i'm in love) and the snare is sensitive and have a nice crack to it. When I'll have some more money I'll buy some Ambassadors for all the toms and the snare.

My cymbals are :

Dreams Bliss III series :

18" Crash/Ride 1415 g
20" Crash/ride 1875 g

Masterwork Jazz series :

13" Hi-hat 860 g / 654 g

And a nice Istanbul Mehmet 15" thin crash





 

Drummer Karl

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All originals heads who cames with the kit , I tuned it and the kit sounds amazing compared to my sonor force 1005. The bass drums is punchy but with enough presence , the toms sing with the low of mahogany (Oh my god i'm in love) and the snare is sensitive and have a nice crack to it. When I'll have some more money I'll buy some Ambassadors for all the toms and the snare.
Very nice kit!!
And you wouldn`t really need new heads because those original heads which came with the kit are original Evans G1, the Evans equivalent to Remo`s Ambassadors.

Or do you wanna change them because of the sound differences between G1 and Ambassador?

Again, nice kit you got there...like all the other Gretsch sets, beautiful!

Karl
 

zambizzi

Platinum Member
Re: SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST

Even though I won't be in this club anymore soon I'll post anyway.

Gretsch New Classic in Ivory Marine Pearl
14x18
8x12
14x14
6.5x14 Hammered Black Chrome Steel Snare
6x14 McKenzie Steambent Myrtle Snare (not shown..older pic)

15" Bosphorus Masters Hi-hat
19" Bosphorus Antique Thin Ride
21" Bosphorus Turk Med-Thin Ride (actually for sale, no longer using)
20" Bosphorus New Orleans Ride


I really like that kit. I mean, I really, really LIKE that kit! ;)
 

tizzdizz

Senior Member
Here's mine. Same shell kit as Gruntersdad, different snare and cymbals though. Do you love yours as much as I love mine??

Snare is a 14x7 Yamaha Brass Nouveau. Amazing sound.

Cymbals have changed as well:
14" Tosco Light Hats
17" K Custom Hybrid Crash
16" AAX studio Crash
14" Paiste Prototype China
12" China Star Splash
10" Avedis splash
10" B8PRO China Splash
20" XS Medium Ride











 

stasz

Platinum Member
Well mine doesn't count yet, but...

Gretsch USA custom in green wrap, around 80s or 90s but not sure

5x14 9x12 10x13 16x16 16x22

Right now, just shells with holes. I have tension rods, screws, hoops, and heads, but I need to buy some Gretsch lugs from a shop in Chicago.
 

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ihitdrumz

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Re: SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST

Even though I won't be in this club anymore soon I'll post anyway.

Gretsch New Classic in Ivory Marine Pearl
14x18
8x12
14x14
6.5x14 Hammered Black Chrome Steel Snare
6x14 McKenzie Steambent Myrtle Snare (not shown..older pic)

15" Bosphorus Masters Hi-hat
19" Bosphorus Antique Thin Ride
21" Bosphorus Turk Med-Thin Ride (actually for sale, no longer using)
20" Bosphorus New Orleans Ride


Those drums are awesome, not to mention the beautiful cymbals.
kudos
 

rmandelbaum

Platinum Member
I saw those shells on ebay. that will be a great kit when you get it done.

I don't have a Gretsch kit but I have a couple of vintage Gretsch snares

they are on the bottom left. The white marine pearl one used to belong to my wife's grand father.
The other one is COB, weighs a ton and sounds great!

 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I saw those shells on ebay. that will be a great kit when you get it done.

I don't have a Gretsch kit but I have a couple of vintage Gretsch snares

they are on the bottom left. The white marine pearl one used to belong to my wife's grand father.
The other one is COB, weighs a ton and sounds great!

Had that same snare as the wifes Grand Dad back in1963. Sold it when I got out of the Army. OUCH.
 
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petetheweed

Junior Member
I am new to this forum!

Here is my Gretsch New Classic:









With my Pearl Firecracker:



It came with those Evans heads but I have since put a Remo Powerstroke 3 on the bass drum, a set of smooth Emporers on the toms (Evans G1 underneath) and a Coated Emporer on the snare. Sounds so good!

The cymbals are:

16" A Custom projection
15" A Custom
10" A Custom splash
13" A Mastersound hihats
20" K Heavy ride

The hardware is all DW 9000 apart from the pedals which are 5000s.

I currently have my eyes on a 13x7 New Classic snare in Nitron Glass to match the kit but I'm not sure I can afford more drum stuff.
 

stasz

Platinum Member
Those new classics are beautiful drums. Really nice drums and setup! The firecracker matches pretty closely, too.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Love the New Classics man. That sparkle is to die for. Great find.
That photo with the vintage piano and wooden music stand is also classic.
I would have to re-shoot that photo and put it on the wall. Very cool.
 
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