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No mention of Malcolm Young?
Remarkable that the main article about Gretsch, especially since the guitars are so prominent, is silent about AC/DC's rhythm (and sometimes lead) guitarist, who favors the Jet Firebird but has also played the White Falcon and Roundup. For shame.
Clapton and Les Paul
- I made an edit because Clapton never endorsed the Les Paul. Outrageous —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 20:49, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Yes, they are expensive, even more so than that of a gibson. Got $5000 to spare? Good, because you'd probably get a cheap Gretsch.
- Not really. The "Nashville" and "Tennesee Rose" guitars (which are superb quality instruments with wonderful craftmanship) can be bought for under $2000. The "Country Classic" can be bought for about $2000. That's less than what Gibson's hollow bodys cost, and Gibsons are far inferior.
- If you pay $5k for a Gretsch you're a fool. They cost far less than that, and far less than comparable Gibsons.
I just read the article and noticed that there is some ambiguity over who bought back Gretsch. Just so you know it was Fred gretsch III who then struck a marketing deal with Fender. Hope this can clear some things up.
- That in itself is ambiguous, leading to the assumption that Fred III is the son of Fred Jr., which is not true. -- Tim Baxter
Punk rock guitarists using Gretsch
Prior to the Living End, Billy Zoom of X had used a Gretsch Roc-Jet. Johnny Thunders occasionally used them as well. While it is debatable whether The White Stripes are a punk band, Jack White has used a Gretsch White Falcon on the most recent tour in addition to his usual National guitar. Punk-rockabilly band The Legendary Shack Shakers also employ Gretsch guitars.
Billy Zoom still uses that silver Gretsch by the way. And seeing as how X has been around since 1978 I think its worth a mention on the page.
188.8.131.52 07:16, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
We can't call them the "best" years without qualifying it somehow. I've put them in quotes for now but if someone can more accurately determine why they are the best years, they should definitely tell us so we can replace that word. -Nietzscheanlie 01:00, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
Gretsch fans typically refer to roughly 55-67 as the "best" years or the "golden years", as those were, frankly, Gretsch's best years. Sales were very high (rivalling and, at least in the 50s, often exceeding Fender), visibility was very high, with the guitars in the hands of many prominent artists, and the guitars themselves, particularly the 55-61 models, were just incredible (Arguably the '62 on double-cuts didn't sound as good as the single cuts). '67 is usually considered the turning point because of the sale to Baldwin AND shifting musical tastes. By '67-'68 it was getting harder to find a Gretsch in the hands of popular musicians, Stephen Stills notwithstanding. By any measure, the 70s were unkind to Gretsch, and they were basically out of business in the 80s.
With an influx of R&D money and marketing savvy from Fender, many people call today the "second Golden Age", but it's still pretty much universally acknowledged that the company's heyday was approximately '55-67. Tim Baxter - The Gretsch Pages.
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Add new guitarist
Just as an addition to the text (maybe at the "Resurgence" period) I'd point to Poison Ivy, guitar player of The Cramps, as the first rockabilly revival band guitar player to ever use a Gretsch. You can find it anywhere on the Net. She's been playing Gretsch and Danelectro guitars for decades now. JAWS —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 10:24, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
This article is in desperate need of a better introduction. It tells you nothing about the company as it stands except for some vague accusations that every single product bearing the Gretsch name is manufactured abroad. That information, if it can be substantiated, belongs deep in the body of the article and does not serve as an appropriate overview for the company. Furthermore, I know that's all a load of bull anyway, because the Gretsch USA Custom series drums are, in fact, handmade in Georgia. Supraphonic (talk) 03:08, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
- I agree, it really doesn't have an introduction at all. Hopefully someone with the necessary knowledge who can write and doesn't have an axe (heh) to grind can give this article a proper intro, rather than an argument. MrBook (talk) 15:43, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
Isn't it erroneous to list the Jet series as solid bodies? They're semi-hollow/chambered/semi-solid or arguably even hollow but definitely not solid.
it seems especially important given it's a commonly held perception that they are solid due to the lack of f holes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abdul tom (talk • contribs) 14:45, 23 April 2012 (UTC)