Gretsch Renown Maple 4 pc, Cherry finish, 1st gen., $2K obo

$2000 or best offer. Stock

This is a new old stock first generation Gretsch Maple Renown 4 pc kit in cherry burst finish on consignment to Not So Modern Drummer to sell. They are new, never played in perfect condition. 16x24 virgin bass drum (no tom holder mount), 16x16, 9x13, 6.5 x 14 snare. Some or all of the original Gretsch boxes are still available, as well as the warranty card and a Gretsch key. I can ship these individually or nested in fewer boxes.

"The first generation of Maple Renowns were almost identical to the USA Customs, the top model in Gretsch's line, but less expensive. It was, for all practical purposes, a USA Custom but made in China. The features are the same: 6 ply American rock maple shells (10 ply snare), die cast hoops, Gretsch lugs, 30 degree bearing edges (45 degree edge on the snare), silver interior shell sealer, Evans clear G2 and G1 heads on toms, G1 coated and 300 snare side on snare, Emad on bass drum batter. What is the difference between USA Custom and this first maple renown? Mainly, the finishes. The USA drums used hand applied Nitro Cellulose lacquer (organic) which will crack and spiderweb w time - some people like that look, like me. The first Renowns used a machine applied synthetic polyurethane finish which is glossier, dries quicker, is harder, and less expensive, especially in China. The cheaper Chinese labor is the other factor. Same parts; different finish.

The later revised 2016 Renown RN2 model went to a cheaper, but still nice, double flanged "302" hoop instead of the die cast hoop. They also used 7 plies in the shells. Some of the mounting hardware changed as well.

So this is a rare kit. They are hard to find because they have been desirable since they came out and those who have them tend to hang on to them. If anyone knows of a first generation Renown Mahogany kit, I'm looking for one." George Lawrence, publisher and editor of Not So Modern Drummer.

Our policies:

The shipping amount is an estimate. Exact shipping will be based on shipping from area code 38117 to buyer’s zip code. The buyer must pay any difference over and above the listed shipping cost in a second payment after paying for the kit. Any lesser difference will be refunded by us.

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We do not deep clean used items. We give them a light wiping, but no polishing or tarnish removal. We can do this for an extra charge. No returns for fingerprints, smudges, tarnish and other dirt that is noted shown in the pictures.

Seller's return policy: only if damaged in shipment or defective
quantity: 1
Listing created Jul 11, 2019

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