We don’t want to name names, but one of our sources at Gretsch told us at the 2011 PASIC that the company wasn’t entirely certain at first whether the ultra-retro look of the new Renown57 series would capture the public’s attention. So weren’t we all surprised when the unique series inspired by the great American car companies from the 1950s found a solid foothold in the 2000s.
Now Gretsch has taken the logical step by introducing a new Renown57 configuration targeted to jazzbos who want to make a visual statement. The new Bop kits feature an 18" x 14" bass drum lifted by a Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform for a direct center beater hit, a 12" x 8" tom, 14" x 14" floor tom, and 20-lug 14" x 6" snare fitted with 20-strand snare wires. The kit is available in Motor City Blue, Motor City Black, and the new Motor City Red (pictured above).
Features include the Renown Chevron, an aluminum triangular teardrop painted white with raised beveled chrome edges and embossed chrome Gretsch logo, a rack tom mounted from the bass drum on a Gretsch ball-socket single tom holder, and standard Renown maple specifications for punchy, full tones.
The company plans to officially launch the new configuration at next month’s NAMM Show, so you’ll have to wait a little while before they hit your local drum shop. Suggested retail price: $2,460.