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Gretsch has unveiled two new signature snare drums for 2021.

First is the new Keith Carlock snare. “When you are fortunate enough to work with the drummer who has performed with such a wide range of artists such as Steely Dan, Toto, Wayne Krantz, James Taylor, Tal Wilkenfeld, John Mayer, Sting, Chris Botti, and many more…why wouldn’t you want to develop a snare drum with him?” states the official Gretsch website.

The drum’s foundation is a 14”x5,5″ 2mm Vintage Patina brass shell. Capturing the “antique” look throughout the shell, a unique aging compound was developed at the Gretsch factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina. To increase the dynamics and pitch range, Keith preferred the 20-strand snare wire oposite to the 42-strand. Also, he opted for a standard Permatone drumhead rather than the Permatone Control Sound.

Additional features include 45 degree bearing edges, 4mm Die Cast hoops and classic Lightning throw off. Each snare has an inside identification label specifying the year of production and each is signed by Keith himself.

Another addition to the series of Gretsch signature instruments is the new Grego Borlai snare drum.

Phenomenal drummer, Gergo and Gretsch teamed up to develop a distinctive addition to the USA metal snare collection. Together, they created what Gergo describes as a “sensitive, multifunctional, loud, and limitless” instrument.

The key elements included a 14”x4,25″ 1.2mm brass shell, 45 degree bearing edges, 20-strand snare wires and 4mm Die Cast hoops, making this instrument one of the more distinctive in the Gretsch snare drum assortment. The shell’s surface is finished with an applied sand blast texture for a unique look and sound.

A Lightning throw-off, Permatone Control Sound head by Remo and an inside identification label specifies the year of production and is signed by Gergo Borlai makes this one-of-a-kind snare drum.