Gretsch Family in the Musical Instrument Universe as Presented by Georgia Southern University

Welcome to the Gretsch Family in the Musical Instrument Universe as presented by Georgia Southern University. Here you will find digitized materials from the Gretsch Archival Collections. These include Gretsch Company Catalogs through the years, Advertisements, Blue Prints, Photographs, and other materials found in the collections. Additional information about the collections can be found within the Finding Aids or on the Gretsch LibGuide.

About Fred and Dinah Gretsch

Fred Gretsch is the great-grandson of a German immigrant and entrepreneur who began the company in Brooklyn by handcrafting banjos, drums and tambourines in a small workshop. Now based in Pooler, Georgia, Fred and his wife Dinah lead the family-owned company, still regarded as one of the music industry’s most influential and innovative instrument manufacturers.

The Gretsches have long been involved in music education programs and lending their name and their history to Georgia Southern was an appropriate way to honor the company’s legacy.

Awards, Honors, and Service to the Industry

Dinah Gretsch is appointed Vice Chair for the non-profit NAMM Foundation


Gretsch Audio-Visual Material

Gretsch Co. Advertisements

Gretsch Co. Blueprints

Gretsch Co. Catalogs

Gretsch Co. Photographs

Gretsch Co. Posters

Gretsch Family Biographies

NAMM Oral Histories