Gear

A Dream Within Reach

By Andrew Lentz Published November 3, 2009

From high-end drummaker Gretsch comes an extremely limited edition run of the USA Custom Red Duco kit.

When this 6-piece beauty, hand-assembled in the company’s South Carolina workshop, debuted in autumn of this year, it was being limited to 20 total drum sets, worldwide. The good news? There’s still a few left.

The Custom Shop selected traditional Red Duco, a standard-offer Gretsch finish, to complement the satin hardware, used on all the drum components except FT legs and tension rods. Red Duco is finished in Nitrocellulose gloss lacquer, and then hand buffed to achieve the vintage Gretsch Duco appearance. The soft satin appointments combined with the deep luster of the finish give the Duco a look that is classy and irresistible.

Classic 6-ply Gretsch-formula shells include 30-degree bearing edges, die-cast hoops with interior Silver Sealer finish. The 18”x22” bass drum and 6.5”x14” 8-lug snare drum deliver versatility and sonic punch. The 8”x10” and 8”x12” toms are the same depth, as are the 14”x14” and 14”x16” floor toms.

The specially designed “Since 1883” black square badges are unique; they have not been used on any other standard-production Gretsch drum set.

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