Young (Lady) Thumbs Make History; Sweep the Legends Thumbpicking Championship

Photos and article by Ron Denny. The History Channel could’ve joined Gretsch guitars as sponsors of the 2016 International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg County, Ky., in late September. That’s because for the first time in the 28-year history of the event, two ladies – make that two teenagers – competed against eight men and took home the top two thumbpicking honors. They also walked offstage with new Gretsch guitars as a result of their picking prowess. Katelyn Prieboy, 19, is from Lutz, Fla., which is just north of Tampa, and is a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville. She is majoring in audio engineering and minoring in classical guitar. Katelyn was crowned the grand champion and won a gorgeous Gretsch White Falcon guitar for being the first woman to sweep both the traditional and contemporary thumbpicking categories.

Experience the Fred and Joe Show

Many of Gretsch fans may have seen the Fred and Joe Show before at their local Gretsch dealer, but the masses can now enjoy thanks to an archived stream by the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. During Summer NAMM and in support of the museum's Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Gretsch Company President Fred Gretsch

Exciting Gretsch Events Scheduled at Country Music Hall of Fame

Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scheduled several exciting Gretsch events June to coincide with the Summer NAMM Show, including sessions hosted by Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson, singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell, musician and author Andy Babiuk and Gretsch's very own Joe Carducci and Fred Gretsch. These events also help support the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit,

Andy Babiuk Dishes on Gretsch and Chet Atkins

The Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibit is going strong at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring 75 rare and historic Gretsch guitars. The instruments are among more than 300 Gretsch guitars purchased by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  His collection was purchased in 2008 by

Gretsch Parties at SXSW with Brooklyn Vegan

Brooklyn Vegan hosted an excellent three-day SXSW showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin, Texas, and Gretsch was grateful to partner with the indie music blog to host the artist lounge area. The venue provided an indoor and outdoor stage of non-stop music from noon until six to keep concert goers energized with plenty of

See Inside the 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth

Below is a quick video of our 2016 Gretsch NAMM Booth in Anaheim, Calif. We hope you enjoy this glimpse at some of our new and amazing instruments! If you are visiting the show, please be sure to tag Gretsch in photos or video you post to social! (Instagram: @officialgretsch,, Twitter: @GretschUSA.)

Get a Sneak Peek at the New Bachman-Gretsch Collection

Opening Jan. 15 at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Bachman-Gretsch Collection of vintage Gretsch guitars will provide a visually stunning window into the evolution of the instrument, from the early 1930s to the early 1980s. This new exhibit marks the largest showing of stringed instruments ever mounted by the museum. Comprised

Andertons Music Tours Gretsch Showcase at NAMM

During the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this year, Andertons Music stopped by the Gretsch Showcase to check out some of the new products. Not only did they run through the offerings from the Gretsch's Roots Collection, but they also checked out an Electromatic Pro Jet with Bigsby in a stunning Silver Sparkle finish.

Glimpse the Gretsch Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show

Not to boast too much, but we think Gretsch guitars are pretty darn gorgeous. See some of the latest beauties in this quick video tour of the Gretsch Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show. Also, check out our photo gallery on Facebook featuring more Gretsch guitars and a few of our Gretsch artists.

Chicago Music Exchange Holding Reverend Horton Heat Album Release Party

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Chicago Music Exchange will host an album release party for Reverend Horton Heat's upcoming effort, the hotly-anticipated Rev. Beginning at 9 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to win exclusive Rev prizes, including autographed copies of the CD, and a Gretsch guitar. In addition, Danielle Colby from the popular television show American