January 15, 2016 - July 17, 2016
Watch a video about jazz musician and innovator Jimmie Webster and his relationship with Gretsch.
The Bachman-Gretsch Collection of vintage Gretsch guitars will provide a visually stunning window into the evolution of the instrument, from the early 1930s to the early 1980s. This will be the largest exhibition of stringed instruments ever mounted by the museum. The seventy-five guitars to be presented will also offer the most comprehensive look at the Bachman-Gretsch Collection ever made available to the public.
The collection was amassed by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of rock bands the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bachman acquired more than three hundred historic and rare Gretsch guitars in the 1970s and 1980s. His collection was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.
Upcoming American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection Events:
- June 23: 2pm
Gretsch Bass Demonstration: Tom Petersson
- June 24: 2pm
The Gretsch Fred and Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar
- June 25: 11:30am
Songwriter Session: Lindsay Ell
- June 25: 1:30pm
Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion, with Andy Babiuk
- July 16: 2:00pm
The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull