On a visit to the Gretsch Drum Factory, artist, endorser, Vinnie Colaiuta (drummer for Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Frank Zappa) came across some neat, New Old Stock (NOS) of Gretsch Drums buried on the shelves way in the back of the warehouse. Being completely blown away by this incredible discovery, Vinnie continued to wander the factory floor and was heard to repeatedly mumble the words “it’s a VINYARD, …a GRETSCH FACTORY VIN-YARD!” And the "Vin-yard" was born!
But it's not just Gretsch, the vin-yard consists of drums, guitars and parts from many other Gretsch-Owned brands.....Leedy, Sho-Bud, (Bigsby & Slingerland too, brands now owned by our guitar partner Fender & our drum partner the Lombardi Family though we sold Slingerland to the Gibson Guitar Company in 1995 & they just recently sold it to the Lombardi Family), & more!
Keep checking back for new additions as we make our way through the vin-yard for hidden treasure!
Gretsch USA Drum Team
The original Gretsch factories were located in Brooklyn, New York. It was there that a design formula was developed that would result in what drummers all over the world would come to recognize as “That Great Gretsch Sound.™” Today, Ridgeland, South Carolina is the home of Gretsch Drums and the craftsmen there are still using the same techniques and formulas to build the highly coveted Gretsch USA Custom Drum.