|Vintage Gretsch guitars for sale in a vintage guitar store|
Vintage Gretsch Guitars
Gretsch were producing musical instruments from the end of the 19th century, however the first guitars appeared in the 1930s. The period that interests most vintage guitar collectors though, is that of the precidency of Fred Gretsch Jr. starting in 1948. Guitars were built in New York, USA.
In the 1950s, and especially 1960s, Gretsch guitars were very popular, and widely respected, with endorsements and use by the likes of Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, George Harrison of the Beatles, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and many more.
In 1967 Gretsch was bought out by Baldwin, who had bought the British guitar company Burns a couple years earlier. Burns parts were shipped from the UK, and assembled in Booneville, Arkansas. In 1970, Gretsch production was moved to the same plant, where it remained throughout the 1970s.
Finally as the 70s turned into the 80s, a small number of Gretsch guitars were produced in Kansas and then Tennessee, before production ceased in 1981.
Today, Gretsch guitars are produced by Fender.
Gretsch semi-acoustic guitars
Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville
Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean
Gretsch White Falcon
Gretsch solid-body guitars
7628 Gretsch Committee
Gretsch bass guitars
6070 Gretsch bass
6071 Gretsch bass
6072 Gretsch bass
6073 Gretsch bass
Gretsch advertising, 1950s-1980s
|1968 Gretsch electric guitar and amplifier catalogue||
|1979 Gretsch guitar and bass catalogue||