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In 1895, Gretsch died at the age of 39, and the then successful company was taken over by his son Fred Jr.
Two other models were introduced - the Country Club, and the White Falcon.Oral History, Fred Gretsch reflects on the family history of the business, beginning with his great-grandmother, Rosa.January 23, 2006, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library Oral History, Dinah Gretsch reflects on the ties between people in the music industry, and how those ties led to them acquiring Bixby from Ted Mc Carty and to their current arrangements with Fender.Interview date January 23, 2006, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library Gretsch is an American company that manufactures guitars, basses and drums.The company was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a 27-year-old German immigrant, shortly after his arrival to the United States.Friedrich Gretsch manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums until his death in 1895. moved operations to Brooklyn, New York where Gretsch went on to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments.
Most modern-era Gretsch guitars are manufactured in the Far East, though American-made "Custom Shop" models are available.
In 2003, Gretsch entered a business agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC).
Under the terms of that agreement Fred Gretsch III would retain ownership while FMIC would handle most of the development, distribution and sales.
Guitar production by the Gretsch Company began in the early 1930s, and Gretsch guitars became highly sought after, most notably in the 1950s and 1960s.
They lost favor with players during the 1970s and 1980s for various reasons, including a problematic relationship with the Baldwin Piano Company.
Gretsch eventually went bankrupt, then was revived in 1989 by Fred W.