Gretsch has produced a true work of art in the Limited Edition Fredkaster snare drum. To celebrate Fred Gretsch's 50 years in the musical instrument business, the company released 100 of these drums, with 50 staying in the USA...and when it is gone, it’s gone for good. The drum is a 7x14 with a special 4 ply shell that is maple/poplar/maple/maple with reverse roundover bearing edges, double flanged 302 hoops and a Microsensitive strainer. All done in a beautiful whitewash finish. Each drum has a nameplate similar to what Gretsch used for the 50s era Max Roach snares. The nameplate on these drums is engraved "FredKaster 65 Model". The "Kaster" portion harkens back to the 50s era Broadkaster series and the reference to "65" refers to Fred's first year in the business. The drum also comes with a beautiful presentation case made of wood, and a certificate of authenticity. Each certificate will use one year from Fred's 50 years as the serial number, starting with serial #1965. While the bearing edge on the production models is a Broadkaster-style reverse roundover, this one has a more standard Gretsch 30-degree profile. Don't miss your opportunity to own this unique piece of drumming history!
Four ply Super Structure Maple/Poplar shell
Reverse round over edge
Vintage Whitewash Nitrocellulose lacquer
Silver sealer interior
Snap-in key holder
42-strand snare wires
Commemorative interior label; wooden box; certificate of authenticity