Talk:Gretsch Drums

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Clean up[edit]

I have started cleaning up this article. It may not be perfect; some information is still un-updated, and some parts of the article still needs to be reformmated. I'm quite busy at the moment, so I hope for people who are able to help. Optakeover 03:28, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Gretch Logo Drums.jpg[edit]

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Image:Gretch Logo Drums.jpg is being used on this article. I notice the image page specifies that the image is being used under fair use but there is no explanation or rationale as to why its use in this Wikipedia article constitutes fair use. In addition to the boilerplate fair use template, you must also write out on the image description page a specific explanation or rationale for why using this image in each article is consistent with fair use.

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BetacommandBot 01:35, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

What a waste of time. The net result of this was to require another user not just to provide a rationale, but to upload the file all over again, see File:Gretsch-logo-drums.jpg. And of course in the meantime other users had to add the deletion template, list the file for deletion, and delete it.
The rationale was not difficult to write, and would have taken far less time than deleting the file did. There are no secrets in it, and no great research needed to find the information required. And of course, adding the rationale would have improved the encyclopedia far more than deleting the file did, remembering that the use of the file was justified and would have stood up in court as far as we know (IANAL) just as well without the rationale as with it. The only problem was the missing template.
And improving the encyclopedia is what we're supposed to be here for, isn't it?
I do note that the template and the message above were both posted by a bot, but there were real users involved as well. Andrewa (talk) 00:00, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Nighthawk series[edit]

The Gretsch Nighthawk Drums are missing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:06, 15 June 2009 (UTC)


Article was proposesd for deletion [1]. Rationale is marginally valid, but it's also a bit sad... Gretsch drums are notable to the point that anyone who knows the slightest thing about the history of drumming and/or of rock'n'roll should find it funny that it's even being questioned. The article does need work but there's lots of good material in it too so deletion is not the preferred option to say the least. Andrewa (talk) 18:10, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

The rationale for deletion remans valid for the moment. In order to address this citations in WP:RS have to appear. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 18:12, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
In that it's been contested, it will now have to go to AfD. I don't recommend this, for reasons given.
There is a claim of notability in the lead, and it's easily tested... just ask any drummer. Start with the ones listed in the the article, and prepare to be laughed at. See also Gretsch#Drums (which is similarly unsourced I'm afraid).
Agree it should be sourced, and sure it will be. Deletion will not improve Wikipedia. AfD might, by spurring us to action, but is that really a good way to collaborate?
The enormity of the claim that Gretsch drums might not be notable is almost newsworthy itself... for all the wrong reasons. Andrewa (talk) 21:37, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
You miss my point. The article is not improved. At present it gives undue weight to their range of equipment and the word 'leading' is a weasel word and no assertion of notability at all. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 22:10, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
Agree that leading is not encyclopedic. Easily fixed.
Have a look at the last photo at and see what you're up against. It's not a secondary source, and it doesn't answer any of your valid criticisms of the article. But are you serious about deletion? Krupa at that stage of his life could play what he chose and did. Even if you disbelieve that, and think he's just being paid to play Gretsch for the camera, that in itself should give you pause... no insignificant drum company would be able to do that.
I think you miss my point. I agree there are problems, and I'm glad you brought them to my attention. But to delete the article in response to these problems is a bit like demolishing the Statue of Liberty to remove pigeon droppings. It does solve the immediate problem, but... (;-> Andrewa (talk) 05:42, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Notability tag[edit]

If you look carefully at the discussion above, the notability of the article is questioned but there seems no logical or policy-based reason for this, and no evidence is given despite an easily-tested claim of notability. The contributor who originally posted the notability tag [2] gave no rationale at all.

So, I'm removing the tag. If you reinstate it please give a rationale. Andrewa (talk) 23:23, 25 September 2013 (UTC)


Easily and obviously obtained by a Google of Gretsch drums history (your results may vary).

  • No specific quotes but some interesting information, and it's not a sales site (it does seek public sponsorship in several ways, but not from manufacturers etc)
  • The Gretsch Company was responsible for many groundbreaking drum manufacturing techniques and technical innovations that have become the standard of modern-day drums. OK it's a sales site...
  • Vintage Gretsch drums have a legendary reputation in jazz circles and a bit in rock history also. Jazz drummers, such as Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey and others were playing the round badge classic and very in-demand kits of the 1950s and '60s. The late Tony Williams, another jazz master also played played Grestch.
  • This tribute to Gretsch kits features full-color photos and interviews with sensational players like Louie Bellson, Jimmy Cobb, Chuck Flores, Phil Grant, Jake Hanna, Elvin Jones, Don Lamond, Charlie Persip, Dick Shanahan, and others. Written by Chet Falzerano, a contributor to Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, and Not So Modern Drummer magazines, plus the books Guide to Vintage Drums and Star Sets. (Those are two different books, BTW, in case that's not clear, making three in all including the one being reviewed on the page.)

More to follow, and we'll get some appropriate refs set up in the article too of course. Andrewa (talk) 17:17, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

A little off-topic perhaps, but Gene Krupa and Louie Bellson, both mentioned above as Gretsch players, are by my personal estimation two of the three most important innovators of kit drumming so far... the third being Ringo Starr, who tended to play Premier drums instead, but then he wasn't American. Our articles do none of them justice IMO. One day I'll write my own book... Krupa quite simply set most of the dimensions of the modern drum kit. His innovations are comparable to Babe Ruth's baseball stats. Bellson introduced and popularised the technique of keeping the fastest rhythm on the ride cymbal or hats. Starr was the most important single figure in combining the march beat with the jazz swing or shuffle to produce the modern rock back beat. None of that is citeable until I do write my own book of course! Just food for thought I hope, maybe even pointers in the right direction, which is one thing talk pages are here for. Andrewa (talk) 17:18, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
Please note that the talk page is not the best place for citations. The article requires them, and really, now. Please also examine {{cite web}} and its colleague templates to avoid link rot. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 17:57, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
Agree that the talk page is not the best place for citations and the rest, but this talk page is exactly where these links belong. The purpose here is to provide other contributors (such as yourself) with information, and it also bookmarks them for me of course. Not all of these links will become citations, some of them may, and others may suggest other sources for citations, such as the two other books mentioned in the Amazon review.
I haven't ever used the cite web template and should... but there's a tradeoff. It will take a little longer, and you seem impatient for progress, frankly. Andrewa (talk) 21:46, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
You will find it adds value to your work and adds speed after a short time of learning. Truly. just believe and go to it with a will. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 21:49, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
You're probably right... but this is a bit of a distraction anyway, a stitch in time to save an article that needs work but wouldn't have been on my priorities except for the threatened deletion, which would IMO have been a step backward. This means of course that some even worse articles don't get attention. So we might have to go with simple refs for any online stuff. We'll see. Andrewa (talk) 05:24, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
Then just put in BARE urls with no qualifying comment such as <ref>http://bare.url</ref> and use the reflinks tool (gadgets in your preferences tab) to fill them out. It works just fine and you need to learn next to nothing. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 09:17, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good, I'll give it a go. Andrewa (talk) 18:56, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Undue weight[edit]

From above At present it gives undue weight to their range of equipment.... [3]

This isn't really an undue weight issue. Wikipedia:Neutral point of view#Due and undue weight reads in part An article should not give undue weight to any aspects of the subject but should strive to treat each aspect with a weight appropriate to its significance to the subject. Read in isolation this could be seen to justify the comment above, but read in context gives a completely different sense. The section, and the entire page, is about POV, not about the absence of balance just because other relevant information has yet to be added.

The question is not whether the information on current product range is unbalanced, but whether it is encyclopedic. Similar material appears in the Pearl Drums article, in a very similar format. It seems to me that such information should be added to several other articles on other drum companies, rather than removed from this one.

But this lack of balance is one of the several reasons the article currently reads like a sales catalogue. It does need addressing. It's just not an undue weight issue as Wikipedia uses the term. Andrewa (talk) 18:56, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Self-published sources[edit]

Can anyone be specific as to what the problem is here? The only references that seem to be self-published at the time the tag was added [4] seem to be to the official website.

WP:SELFPUB does state as one of the five criteria for such sources being valid the article is not based primarily on such sources, and that was and still is true, so I'm guessing that's the problem. But that's not a matter of the sources not being acceptable, it's that we want others as well. The sources all meet the other four criteria. Andrewa (talk) 16:47, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

In that nobody speaks, I'm removing the tag. Please provide some rationale if you reinstate it. Andrewa (talk) 23:13, 25 September 2013 (UTC)