Gretsch® Musical Instruments

Home of that Great Gretsch Sound!


World Famous Gretsch® Musical Instruments


Our History:

Since 1883, Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. (The Gretsch Company) has been producing some of the

world's greatest drums and guitars. With its emphasis on hand-craftsmanship and commitment to

quality, Gretsch has won endorsements from some of the music industry's most respected artists.


Gretsch introduced the multi-ply drum shell in 1927, which was quite an innovation at the time. This

technique has become the standard not only for GRETSCH drums but also for drum making around the

world. GRETSCH drums continue to be hand-made in South Carolina utilizing time-honored procedures,

tooling, molds, and processes to exacting quality specifications. The entire GRETSCH drum line can be

viewed at


Many dedicated employees and some of the world’s foremost musicians have helped GRETSCH to

pioneer new designs and manufacturing techniques. When the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan

Show in 1964, the demand for GRETSCH guitars soared. Gretsch continues to produce several guitar

lines featuring beautifully crafted hollow-body and solid-body electrics, acoustics, acoustic/electrics, and

basses. All GRETSCH guitar products can be viewed at


Our Trademarks:


ODE are just some of the registered trademarks of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. This is not a

comprehensive list of all trademarks and service marks of The Gretsch Company, many of which are

registered in the United States and in other countries.


Gretsch eBay VeRO Program:

The Gretsch Company provides this information to assist eBay users in identifying auctions of

unauthorized and illegal merchandise. If you find an auction item that you suspect is unauthorized,

please contact The Gretsch Company at


The use of any Gretsch trademark in a manner intended to deceive consumers is strictly prohibited.


Use of phrases such as "GRETSCH-Style," “BIGSBY-Style,” “GRETSCH-Replica” or similar are not

authorized. Only products manufactured by Gretsch may be described using Gretsch trademarks in the

listing title. If the product is not made by Gretsch then use of a Gretsch trademark in the title of the

auction may confuse consumers regarding the source or quality of the product. We will request that

such listings be suspended through eBay’s VeRO program.


The Gretsch Company is the owner of the copyrights in all pictures, text, and graphics on the websites

operated by The Gretsch Company and in the catalogs and other consumer and dealer promotional and

technical materials published from time to time by The Gretsch Company. These pictures, text, and

graphics are not available for use without the express written permission of The Gretsch Company. The


Gretsch Company is aware that unauthorized sellers often attempt to sell these copyrighted materials or

promote the sale of GRETSCH products by unlawfully copying some or all of these protected materials.

Such copying is strictly prohibited by federal law. In addition, the models and other individuals

appearing in such photographic images are protected against the unauthorized use of their likenesses by

virtue of their rights of publicity and privacy. The Gretsch Company does not permit or authorize the use

of any of its or their intellectual property on eBay.


The Gretsch Company cooperates fully with law enforcement officials to stop any counterfeiting of its

name and products. The Gretsch Company takes full advantage of all criminal and civil legal remedies it

may have to enforce its trademark rights.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Q: Why was my auction suspended?

A: We asked eBay to suspend your auction because The Gretsch Company believes that the merchandise

that you were offering for sale is counterfeit or otherwise infringes or misuses The Gretsch Company's



Q: Why does The Gretsch Company care if I sell a single piece of unauthorized GRETSCH merchandise?

A: The Gretsch Company has a legal responsibility to enforce its trademark rights, copyrights, and

property rights against unauthorized distribution. The Gretsch Company representatives regularly

monitor the Internet, including auction sites, in order to address the infringement of its rights. As part of

this effort, The Gretsch Company representatives will notify eBay of auctions of unauthorized materials,

and eBay will take actions in accordance with its user policies.


Q: Why didn't The Gretsch Company contact me directly before reporting my auction to eBay?

A: For reasons of speed and efficiency, it is impractical to contact each seller individually.


Q: Why can't I use the word "GRETSCH" in my auction heading when I am not selling a GRETSCH item?

A: Many eBay sellers use the trademarked term "GRETSCH" in their auction title or description simply to

get attention from consumers looking for authentic GRETSCH goods. This is a form of trademark

infringement recognized by the courts as "initial interest confusion" or “keyword spam”. Even though

consumers may ultimately realize that an auction or website has no connection to The Gretsch

Company, such conduct is illegal trademark infringement, and is an attempt to capitalize on The Gretsch

Company's name and reputation.


Q: Why can't I describe my item as "GRETSCH-STYLE", "GRETSCH-LIKE" or a similar phrase?

A: A person who sees the GRETSCH name is likely to believe that the goods are in some manner

connected with or endorsed by The Gretsch Company. Such confusion as to association or sponsorship is

a form of trademark infringement and violates federal and state laws.


Q: Why was my listing cancelled when I didn't use the word "GRETSCH"?

A: Some of the other brands owned by The Gretsch Company and protected by Federal copyright and

trademark laws include BIGSBY, LEEDY, SHO-BUD, ELECTROMATIC. To be sure that your auction listing is

not subject to removal from eBay due to copyright or trademark issues, do not use GRETSCH brand

names in your listings unless the merchandise you are offering is an authentic GRETSCH brand product

and the brand appears on the product in its original form.


Q: Why did eBay allow me to post my auction?

A: eBay maintains that it cannot conduct a comprehensive pre-screening of their auctions. The fact that

eBay permitted your item(s) to be listed for sale does not mean that their sale is legal or that they do

not infringe The Gretsch Company's trademarks.


Q: What about my eBay Listing fee?

A: If you are a non-repeat offender, eBay will refund your Listing fee.


Q: Can I use the Gretsch Company logo or properties owned by The Gretsch Company to make my

auction listing more interesting?

A: No. Use of these logos on your auction wrongfully implies that your auction is authorized, sponsored

or approved by The Gretsch Company, and dilutes the value of these logos, in violation of state and

federal trademark laws.


Q: Can I use the Gretsch Company logo or properties owned by The Gretsch Company to create

homemade products, such as clocks, posters, stickers, decals, etc.?

A: No. No one is authorized to manufacture, sell and/or offer for sale any products/services, which

contain any properties owned by The Gretsch Company without the express written permission of The

Gretsch Company. Therefore, the sale and/or offer for sale of any such homemade products is not

authorized on eBay or elsewhere.


Q: Can I make copies of The Gretsch Company literature, catalogs or advertisements.

A: No. It is unlawful to copy these protected materials. Such copying is strictly prohibited by federal law.

In addition, the models and other individuals appearing in such photographic images are protected

against the unauthorized use of their likenesses by virtue of their rights of publicity and privacy.


Q: I don't know which products, trademarks or other properties are owned by The Gretsch Company;

how can I find out this information?

A: One good reference is the website.


Q: What if I didn't realize I was violating the law or infringing The Gretsch Company's Rights?

A: Innocent intent is not a defense under Federal copyright law. You have a responsibility to ensure that

your actions do not violate someone else's copyrights. Before auctioning any property, you need to take

affirmative steps to ensure that the item you are selling is authorized for resale by the copyright or

trademark owner.


Thank you for your interest in The Gretsch Company and GRETSCH Products.



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The Gretsch Company

PO Box 2468, Savannah, GA 31402

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