NAMM 2010 – SMG Chats with Fred Gretsch

Riffin’ on Gretsch live at 2010 NAMM

Dan Coplan and Oscar Jordan caught up with Fred Gretsch of Gretsch guitars at the NAMM show on Saturday. He is one cool dude. They discussed guitars, rock n roll and the Gretsch Eddie Cochran tribute guitar.  The only thing that could get them to stop talking guitar was the blaring distortion, screeching from punk band Rancid, who began their set, a short distance away.

For almost 130 years Gretsch has been fine tuning what has become known as “That Great Gretsch Sound.” Gretsch was founded by Friedrich Gretsch in 1883. Only 12 years later Friedrich died, leaving the fledgling company in the hands of his teenage son Fred. Fred built Gretsch into a leader in musical instruments, and eventually handed the company over to his sons, Fred Jr. and Bill in 1927. That’s Fred Jr. in the photo and in the following video…

Photo and video © 2010 by Dan Coplan

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