retires from the company, leaving the day-to-day operations to his sons, Fred Gretsch, Jr.
leaves the company to serve as a commander in the U. Phil Grant, master percussionist and innovator, joins Gretsch. assumes control of the business, kicking off a new age of prosperity for the company--the age of rock 'n' roll.1951 First cutaway bodies appear on Electromatic and new Electro II guitar models.1953 Duo-Jet production starts, sparking the entire Jet line of Gretsch solid-body guitars.1954 Jimmie Webster strikes a deal with guitarist Chet Atkins to develop a Chet Atkins-designed Gretsch guitar.
Gretsch and Louis Bellson team up to introduce first production double bass drum kit.1947 Gretsch forges relationship with legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York, N. Gretsch begins its eye-catching "color revolution" by introducing sparkling Silver Jet and famous Western Orange, Cadillac Green and Jaguar Tan finishes.
First Bigsby® vibratos offered on Gretsch electrics.1955 Gretsch introduces White Falcon and 6120 Chet Atkins models.1957 Gretsch begins production of Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar model.
Fifteen-year-old son, Fred Gretsch, Sr., takes over family business.1916 Company moves to 10-story building at 60 Broadway in Brooklyn, N. develops revolutionary multi-ply drum lamination process resulting in the world's first "warp free" drum hoop.1920 Gretsch's manufacturing facility expands to become the world's largest music instrument manufacturing factory.1927 Company introduces historic Gretsch-American drum series, featuring the industry's first multi ply drum shell. Guitar Man," Kramer would become pivotal in making Gretsch electric guitars what they are today.1937 Historic partnership with master drummer and inventor Billy Gladstone begins.
Gretsch uses its own name on guitars for the first time, rather than just selling to wholesalers.1935 Broadkaster drum line introduced. The Gretsch-Gladstone drum line is introduced.1939 Gretsch introduces its first electric guitar - the Electromatic - and the Synchromatic archtop guitar series.
Jimmie Webster, guitar innovator and player, joins Gretsch.Distinctive triangle sound hole appears on Gretsch acoustic guitars.1942 Fred Gretsch, Sr. Gretsch® is a registered trademark of Fred Gretsch® Enterprises. Fender®, Jackson®, Charvel®, Guild®, Squier®, Passport®, Benedetto®, SWR®, and Rodriguez® are registered trademarks of Fender® Musical Instruments.1883 Friedrich Gretsch, 27, who emigrated from Germany at 16, opens a small music shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., making banjos, drums and tambourines.1895 Friedrich Gretsch becomes ill while traveling in Germany and dies at age 39.