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Gretsch Drums Broadkaster Series


Vintage Gretsch 3-ply shell with reverse roundover bearing edge


The History

In its Brooklyn, New York factory during the 1920’s, Gretsch perfected its design of the first laminated 3-ply drum shell.  The shell was relatively thin, yet constructed without reinforcement hoops due to ample structural integrity that the laminate ply design provided.  The “Great Gretsch Sound” was beginning to take shape, starting with a shell that produced rich, resonant and pure musical tones that has since become legendary.


Throughout the next three decades, the Gretsch flagship “Broadkaster” series used this original 3-ply shell as its sonic foundation.  After years of research, development and testing, Gretsch designed a “reverse roundover” edge that made the 1950’s Gretsch Broadkaster one of the most highly sought-after drums ever produced.  


Today, in the Gretsch Drum Factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA, Gretsch is recreating its storied 3-ply shell with an all-new Broadkaster drum series.  The application of advanced drum-making techniques to the 1950’s-era 3-ply shell has resulted in a modern-day version of a drum that recreates the sonic brilliance and “That Great Gretsch Sound” of the original Broadkasters.

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