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Last Price Drop 1980s Gretsch Square Badge Drum Set: 5-Ply Jasper Centennial Shells Walnut Burl

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$1,750
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This is it on price. I'd rather keep the drums than sell them for less than this. This is a beautiful set of Gretsch USA Custom Drums circa 1983 or so. It's hard to date these drums precisely without a guide. The sizes are 10x12, 11x13, 16x16, 16x22 (matching 8x14 snare drum listed separately). To be clear, this is not a Centennial kit. It's made from the exact same shells. It just doesn't have the brass hardware or badges.

These 5-ply Jasper shells that were made special initially for Centennial limited run, are sonically different. Keith Fisher, author of this article in Not So Modern Drummer, reached out to me to point this out () and said that these are super rare. This, along with Carpathian Elm and Birdseye Maple, were produced with less than 100 full kits made total between all of these finishes (There may not even be that many badged as Centennial Kits). These were arguably the best quality Gretsch drums ever produced, coming from the DeQueen, Arkansas factory, which was known as being part of the fine furniture belt of American woodworking. The quality of craftsmanship is unparalleled.
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The kit is in very good condition. The batter hoop on the bass drum has the majority of the wear, which is shown. There are minor marks on the kit, but it's pretty clean considering their age. I can send more pics upon request, but the marks that I have included sum up the worst of it, which is really not bad at all.

The chrome hardware is in very good shape with minor scratches but no real signs of pitting or rust. I gave them a quick cleaning. A detailing of the hardware will have these in tip top condition. The original floor tom legs are included. This kit is only missing a rubber foot (branded Daisy on the other rubber foot).
Please full read the description before messaging. More often than not, I get people asking me questions that can be easily answered from the pictures of description. All items will be insured. Shipping is extra outside of the lower 48. I will not ship internationally, so don't ask. I ship within two business days.

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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