Gretsch Introduces Roots Collection


Gretsch Roots CollectionGretsch has announced its Roots Collection of acoustic instruments. The new family of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars feature classically authentic Gretsch designs.

The Gretsch Roots Collection’s five new banjo models evoke the company’s banjo models of the early 20th century. The collection includes the five-string, mahogany-neck Broadkaster Deluxe and Broadkaster Special resonator models, the Dixie open-back model, to the Clarophone Banjo-Ukulele, and the guitarist-friendly Dixie 6 Guitar-Banjo.

The Roots Collection also heralds the return of the Gretsch New Yorker mandolin. Styled after the 1950s classic, a trio of modern-day models — the New Yorker Standard, New Yorker Deluxe and New Yorker Supreme — offer authentic vintage touches and full-bodied tone.

Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator guitars feature the new Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone, hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum. The mahogany-body Boxcar Standard and Bobtail Deluxe each come in round-neck and square-neck models, and the round-neck Honey Dipper has a nickel-plated brass body.

The Roots Collection also includes half a dozen new Gretsch ukulele models. Gretsch’s three deluxe ukuleles — the Concert Deluxe, Tenor Deluxe and Tenor Cutaway Electric models have quartersawn solid mahogany top, back and sides; one-piece mahogany necks and semi-gloss finishes. The three standard ukes — the Soprano Standard, Concert Standard and Tenor Standard models — have laminated mahogany build.

The collection also includes the return of Rancher acoustic guitars. The model first appeared in the early 1950s with a highly distinctive triangular sound hole and sweepingly elegant pickguard, and Gretsch is now very proud to reintroduce the model. The new five-instrument selection of includes the Rancher Folk, Rancher Orchestra, Rancher Jr., Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric and Rancher Dreadnought.

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