The son of Friedrich Gretsch, Fred moved the company in 1916 to the Williamsburg district, becoming one of the most prominent American musical instrument makers.
Online PR News – 25-December-2010 – – The best place to purchase your Gretsch Electric Guitar is on at: http://www.Gretschelectric.com/ Gretsch Electric Guitar company was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a young German immigrant. His Brooklyn shop was made for the manufacture of banjos, tambourines, and drums.
In 1895, at the age of 39, Gretsch died, and the successful company was taken over by his son Fred. By 1916, Fred had moved the company into a larger 10-story building in the Williamsburg district, becoming one of the most prominent American musical instrument makers.
Players and collectors of vintage guitars feel that Gretsch Electric Guitar's "best" years started in the mid 1950s, after Fred's son Fred Jr. had taken the reins. It was during this time the company introduced several distinctive models, including the 6120 "Nashville," the Duo Jet chambered "solid body," the Country Club, and the White Falcon.
However, the single biggest contribution to Gretsch Electric Guitar's success was the addition of Chet Atkins as an endorser. Atkins was one of the pre-eminent guitarists of his day, and his endorsement gave Gretsch Electric Guitar greater visibility in competition with Gibson and Fender. Gretsch Electric Guitar ultimately sold thousands of guitars with Chet's name on the pickguard, most notably the 6120 Chet Atkins model, one of which was purchased in 1957 by a young guitar player named Duane Eddy.
The worldwide success of Duane's "twangy" instrumental records, television appearances, and extensive touring helped expose the Gretsch Electric Guitar guitar to a huge new market, that of the teenage rock and roll fan. George Harrison, years later, was to refer to this model as "the Eddie Cochran/Duane Eddy guitar". Other Chet Atkins models were the Country Gentleman  (named after an instrumental hit for Chet) and the Tennessean a lower cost version of the Country Gent.
Many rockabilly players had followed in the footsteps of Eddie Cochran, who also wielded a 6120 (though modified with a Gibson P-90 pickup in the neck position) and Gene Vincent's guitarist Cliff Gallup, who played a Duo Jet. Elvis Presley himself later owned a Gretsch Electric Guitar Country Gentleman - (recently manufactured as "Gretsch Electric Guitar Country Classic" but now renamed Chet Atkins Country Gentleman), playing it briefly both on stage and in the studio.
Gretsch Electric Guitar quickly became a legitimate competitor to both Gibson and its main rivals, Fender and Rickenbacker. Gretsch Electric Guitar fortunes rose yet again in the early sixties when George Harrison played a Gretsch Electric Guitar Country Gentleman  on the Ed Sullivan Show. Despite popular belief, he acquired two Country Gentleman guitars; his first was destroyed when it fell out of the trunk of their car on the roadway. He would later switch to a Gretsch Electric Guitar Tennessean and his Country Gentleman made its last appearance in the music video of 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' in the movie 'Help!' The Ed Sullivan Country Gent was given to Ringo Starr by Harrison's wife, Olivia (http://www.thecanteen.com/hudson.html). His favorite Gretsch Electric Guitar, however, was undoubtedly the black
Duo Jet he had bought in 1961 as his first good electric guitar (replacing his Futurama), and saw action from Hamburg and the Cavern to appearances on early Beatles records up to 1963. Harrison then either gave away or loaned the guitar to a friend, until he reacquired it in the 1980s when he used it on his 'Cloud Nine' album. In fact, the guitar appears on the cover of that album.
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