Guitar maker announces new range of banjos, mandolins, resonators and ukes that resemble its early 20th century designs.
Gretsch has introduced the Roots Collection, a new family of banjos, mandolins, resonators and ukuleles.
The five new banjo models feature solid modern craftsmanship and evoke the company's models from the early 20th century. The five-string, mahogany-necked Broadkaster Deluxe and Broadkaster Special resonator models, Dixie open back model, Clarophone banjo ukulele and Dixie 6 guitar banjo are all suitable for established artists, seasoned player and students.
The New Yorker mandolin has also returned. Styled after the 1950s classic model, the New Yorker Standard, New Yorker Deluxe and New Yorker Supreme instruments offer premium features with authentic vintage touches, full-bodied tone, smooth playing performance and an eye-catching design.
Three new Ampli-Sonic resonators are new too, including the mahogany bodied Boxcar Standard and Bobtail Deluxe – each come in round-neck and square-neck variations – and the round-necked Honey Dipper, which has a nickel-plated brass body. At the heart of each one is an Ampli-Sonic resonator cone – hand-spun in Eastern Europe from near-pure aluminium for added volume and sonic projection.
Half a dozen new ukuleles have been released. The deluxe Concert Deluxe, Tenor Deluxe and Tenor Cutaway Electric models feature quartersawn solid mahogany maple tops, backs and sides, one-piece mahogany necks and semi-gloss finishes. The standard Soprano Standard, Concert Standard and Tenor Standard models offer laminated mahogany builds.
The new Rancher acoustic series forms part of the Roots Collection as well.