Gretsch Clone

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There was a guy a few years back who had a 12/14/18/14 in red glass glitter. Vintage hardware and modern USA shells cut to vintage specs. Listed here for $1750 but I think he did sell it somewhere. Not sure if this is considered a "clone" - as it was a Gretsch kit - but was not a real RB.......still nice for what it was.....

 

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I've emailed with two people who like the sound of their gretsch clone better than their gretsch kit.

Im sure there are others who experienced the opposite.

I am pretty sure a Precision Drum Company gretsch clone will be the same or slightly less on price.

Haven't got a quote yet cause I sold my Gretsch to buy a $3000 Trek bike and now our front step and walk project is $8000 and is taking priority over...
1. The fact I have no gigs ;)
2. I have a perfectly wonderful Slingerland kit and 6 different snares to play with.

But a gretsch clone or another gretsch kit is in my dreams only and frankly a 100% impractal priority. Fun to talk about and hear people's stories and experiences and photos.
 
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I've emailed with two people who like the sound of their gretsch clone better than their gretsch kit.

Im sure there are others who experienced the opposite.

I am pretty sure a Precision Drum Company gretsch clone will be the same or slightly less on price.

Haven't got a quote yet cause I sold my Gretsch to buy a $3000 Trek bike and now our front step and walk project is $8000 and is taking priority over...
1. The fact I have no gigs ;)
2. I have a perfectly wonderful Slingerland kit and 6 different snares to play with.

But a gretsch clone or another gretsch kit is in my dreams only and frankly a 100% impractal priority. Fun to talk about and hear people's stories and experiences and photos.
Any ideas yet on who you'd ask to make them?

It would be cool to have a "Gretsch Tribute Kit", kind of like how cymbal makers make Spiz tributes or PJJ rides.

I think it would be so much cooler as a kit from a boutique shop. I think Precision is more legit than a lot of the Boutique brands I see, but don't you think it could lose a little soul without all the stylings of an independent brand?
 

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Any ideas yet on who you'd ask to make them?

It would be cool to have a "Gretsch Tribute Kit", kind of like how cymbal makers make Spiz tributes or PJJ rides.

I think it would be so much cooler as a kit from a boutique shop. I think Precision is more legit than a lot of the Boutique brands I see, but don't you think it could lose a little soul without all the stylings of an independent brand?
100% Precision drum company
 

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I used to have a DW "tribute kit" - 10/12/14/20, with matching 6.5" snare. Lovely kit, Keller maple shells and built & wrapped by Precision. If you parted it out, it was nearly $3K in broken glass glitter. Excellent quality. However, it had those Hayman DW clone lugs and a DW sticker on the bass drum. From a distance, they were "DW" drums. However, up close, they were knock offs. I bought them on eBay for $615 (including $30 s/h from the east coast!), never liked them and tried to get rid of them for about 8 months. The lesson I learned is that the coolest, neatest custom kit you order is ONLY cool and neat to you.....NOBODY else wants a fake DW kit! Bottom line, I ended up selling the kit back to the same owner a year later (he had missed it dearly and could not believe it sold for $585!) and I think it cost me $50 or so in s/h, so I lost a little but learned a WHOLE lot! No more custom drums/kits after that! Unless I am making my own drum/kit, I won't pay for another's failed idea......

As for a Gretsch "RB clone", if done right, with Keller shells, the proper round over edges, new or vintage lugs/parts and a vintage build out (I'd prefer the rail) and die cast hoops, it "should" sound right or at least close! And I think it would definitely have more interest than a fake DW kit. But still, I'd be leary if you think you can sell them later, or recoup most of your money. I'd hold out for the real deal and cobble together a vintage kit that may even be cheaper, as much as I love and use Precision......just FYI.....
 


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