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Gretsch Broadkaster - 4 Piece 24", 13", 16", 14 x 6.5" (SNR) Shell Set - 1 ONLY!

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Gretsch Drums Broadkaster Series

Vintage Gretsch 3-ply shell with reverse roundover bearing edge

20" 4 Pce Set
  • 24 x 14" Bass
  • 13 x 8" Tom
  • 16 x 14" Tom
  • 14 x 6.5" Snare

*Colour: Antique Pearl

*Hardware Build: Vintage

The History

In its Brooklyn, New York factory during the 1920’s, Gretsch perfected its design of the first laminated 3-ply drum shell.  The shell was relatively thin, yet constructed without reinforcement hoops due to ample structural integrity that the laminate ply design provided.  The “Great Gretsch Sound” was beginning to take shape, starting with a shell that produced rich, resonant and pure musical tones that has since become legendary. 

Throughout the next three decades, the Gretsch flagship “Broadkaster” series used this original 3-ply shell as its sonic foundation.  After years of research, development and testing, Gretsch designed a “reverse roundover” edge that made the 1950’s Gretsch Broadkaster one of the most highly sought-after drums ever produced. 

Today, in the Gretsch Drum Factory in Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA, Gretsch is recreating its storied 3-ply shell with an all-new Broadkaster drum series.  The application of advanced drum-making techniques to the 1950’s-era 3-ply shell has resulted in a modern-day version of a drum that recreates the sonic brilliance and “That Great Gretsch Sound” of the original Broadkasters.

The Shell

Today’s Broadkaster shells are made one-by-one using maple/poplar/maple wood (all North American) without reinforcement hoops.  Each shell includes an interior ply scarf joint that supplies added structural integrity to thin, musical shells.  Like all USA-made Gretsch drums, shell interiors are finished with classic Gretsch Silver Sealer.

The Bearing Edge

The all-new Broadkaster shell is hand finished with the reverse roundover bearing edge on bass drums and toms.  Using a Gretsch-exclusive radius, the inside edge of the shell sits higher and rounds off down and away to the shell’s exterior edge.  This design produces greater surface contact between the bearing edge and drumhead, which results in added tonal depth and warmth.  Broadkaster snare drums are finished with Gretsch’s traditional 30-degree bearing edge (angled toward the shell interior).  This proven bearing edge technique is specifically used on Broadkaster snare drums to produce the wide range of tones and maximize attack and projection. 

The Hoops

Broadkaster toms and snare drums are outfitted with Gretsch’s “302” 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops.  These hoops are similar to “Stick Chopper” hoops used in the 1950’s, but are constructed out of a heavier gauge steel to stand up to today’s more assertive playing styles.  The 302 hoop helps to produce a more “open” tone than a die-cast hoop and adds ambient overtones to the overall tonal characteristic.  Bass drum hoops are standard-build 6-ply maple and include Nitron inlays.     

The Broadkaster Sound Profile

Like their legendary predecessors from the 1950’s, the all-new Broadkaster faithfully produces warm, dense and punchy tones.  Thanks to the modern manufacturing advances and finishing technology, today’s Broadkaster has even greater dynamic response and sonic presence than the originals.  

The Drum Hardware Packages

Broadkaster kits are available in two different hardware packages, standard and vintage.  Standard package includes heavy-duty Gretsch lugs, spurs and straight-sided GTS tom suspension typical to Gretsch USA Custom and Brooklyn kits.  The vintage hardware package features hardware component styles used on 1950’s-era Gretsch kits, including drum mufflers, FT leg brackets, rail Consolette tom holder, spurs, BD T-rods, throw-off, key holder and Fiberskyn bass drum logo head.

The Finishes / Label / Badge

New Broadkasters are available in two Nitron wraps:  Antique Pearl and Anniversary Sparkle and two Nitrocellulose satin finishes:  Satin Classic Maple and Satin Copper.  These finishes project a vintage, timeless style.  All drums include newly stylized and serialized Broadkaster internal shell labels and the iconic Gretsch USA brass Round Badge. 

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