Gretsch Unveils Its Very First Beech Kit

By Andy Doerschuk Published August 26, 2010

I hope you’re sitting down. For the first time in its 126-year history, Gretsch is offering a drum kit featuring shells made of 100 percent beech wood. This first-of-its-kind Renown Purewood Beech 6-piece kit features 7-ply beech shells, 30-degree bearing edges, die cast hoops, and triple chrome-plated hardware fittings. To retain the natural beauty of the beech, the kit is finished in a medium/dark cherry stain sealed by the standard Renown gloss lacquer finish — including the matching bass drum hoops. The configuration includes a 22" x 18" bass drum, 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms, 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" floor toms, and a 14" x 6.5" 10-lug snare. It’s pure yumminess at a retail price of $3,690.