Drum kit

Gretsch Drums

Established 1883

Founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, Gretsch is one of the most prominent manufacturers of drum kits. Their most iconic kit is the legendary Broadkaster series, which dates back to the 1920s when Gretsch first engineered the laminate drum shell. Those shells were a 3-ply mix of maple/gum and were rounder, lighter and more musical than other shells typically found during that time period.

In 1969 The Rolling Stones tour the United States with drummer Charlie Watts playing Gretsch Drums. Over 50 years later, Watts still plays Gretsch with the Stones. Other notable Gretsch players are Phil Collins and Foo fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Why on Wikiconic?
Ludwig, established 1909. When The Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Ringo Starr played on a pearl black Ludwig, the logo clearly visible for a television audience of seventy-three million people. Ludwig’s sales boomed after this performance.


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