Some attempts were made to start up production again in late ’81 and 82, and a handful of guitars were made in various places (including Mexico).
The Gretsch name was resurrected in 1988 for a series of inexpensive Traveling Wilburys commemorative guitars.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
Hence, the foreign guitar manufacturers gave us what we wanted. Here I’ve highlights a few of my 60’s guitars, but it only scratches the surface. ” It took me a while, but now I see his point of view.
Acoustic to Electric – We Have Your Guitar From the simple elegant lines of the 1951 Fender Nocaster Butterscotch Blonde to the high style of the 1956 Gretsch 6120, you’ll find a huge inventory and wide variety of vintage guitars and rare guitars at Gary’s Classic Guitars.
It debuted as the one-pickup Esquire before the name of the two-pickup model was changed to Broadcaster.Gary Dick, owner, founder and proprietor, left a successful corporate career to focus his attention full time on his true passion: making top quality, rare guitars and vintage guitars available to fellow musicians, investors and collectors.It’s a passion he’s practiced for more than 25 years – first as a hobby, and now as his full time vocation.From the spark in your eyes to the enthusiasm in your e-mails, we recognize fellow guitar aficionados immediately.And you’ll recognize those same traits in the people you deal with at Gary’s Classic Guitars.In 2003 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation secured an agreement to manufacture and distribute Gretsch.It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.Buying and selling guitars began as a hobby, until 1993, when he left the corporate world to make Gary's Classic Guitars his full-time career. 1967, with his high school band, "The Intensities".Gary is pictured, in center, playing his 1964 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster.We stock and ship gear from dozens of major and boutique manufacturers, and work hard to be sure that you are 100% satisfied with your experience.Around 1954 the Golden Age of Gretsch guitars began.In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.