Hi guys. My name is Andrea, but you can call me Andy. I started my career as a percussionist, but since becoming Christian, I play the drums for worship ministry. I love to create melodies with the drums and I try my best to play in a musical way. To do this I had to search for an instrument that would allow me to express myself in a way that would reflect my style of playing. My search came to an end when I discovered the great “Gretsch Sound.” The Gretsch Renown Maple is definitely a drum set to consider if looking for a drum with character, versatility and an amazing sound. Let’s go a bit deeper into discovering this instrument.
As an Italian, I really appreciate products that have a history behind them. I want to see character in a product – what makes it stand out when compared to another? I have found all of this in the Gretsch company – this is probably why I like it so much.
Gretsch was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a German immigrant who opened a music shop in Brooklyn, New York, producing drums and guitars.
Gretsch is part of the history of modern music. Its drums have been used by pillars of the modern era like Max Roach, Elvine Jones, and Tony Williams, as well as contemporary artists like Vinnie Colaiuta, Mark Guiliana, and Mike Johnston.
The thing that I love about this brand is that each model, from the Gretsch Catalina all the way up to the famous USA Custom, has the characteristics of the great “Gretsch Sound,” including the Gretsch Renown Maple series.
Who is the Gretsch Renown Maple for?
This kit is definitely a professional kit. It’s great for any live setting, but can also satisfy studio requirements. The nice thing about the Renown Maple is that it offers high-quality characteristics but at a reasonable price, falling in the mid-high category of drumsets.
I would suggest this drum kit to anyone who takes drumming seriously, but who may not be willing or able to spend $5000 for a USA Custom. The Renown will do the job in any situation.
If a community wants to invest in the worship ministry by buying high quality acoustic instruments I believe this model can be a good solution. Keep in mind that as I already mentioned, this kit can be used in any situation, from live to studio.
The Gretsch Renown Maple features 7-ply formula maple shells. One of the main things that makes Gretsch drums so unique is the 30° bearing edge. It gives an articulated and rich tone, with great stick definition and clarity of tone, producing a round colorful note. This is why I love them.
Each shell has an internal “Silver Sealer.” The rims are the new 302 — creating a similar sound to the die-cast hoops but allowing the drum to have a more open sound since they are not as rigid. This type of hoops is also featured on the Brooklyn and the Broadcaster, which are two of Gretsch’s top drum models.
The drum skins are all done by Remo (offering good quality). There is no need to replace them unless looking for a different sound.
On the snare, we have a Coated Ambassador and a Remo Resonant. On the toms, we have a Clear Emperor, which is a 2-ply head made by 2 single plies of 7 ml each. On the bass drum, we have a clear Powerstroke head with a muffling ring. All of these are very widely used, classic drum heads. The Renown is very simple to tune and it sounds great at all tuning ranges.
The sides of this particular model are: Bass drum 18×22″, the toms 7×10″, 8×12″, 14×16″, the snare drum is a 5.5×14″. These are the most used sizes.
The hardware features the GTS suspension system, low profile leg brackets, and a single cymbal mount.
- 7-ply Maple shells
- Silver Sealer
- 30° bearing edge
- 302 hoops
- Remo skins
- GTS mount system
Pros and Cons
The pros of the Gretsch Renown Maple are many. All reviews list it as a winning model thanks to its great sound, versatility, rich and defined tone, and great overall quality at a good price.
Something to consider is that when purchasing a drum kit on a professional range, it doesn’t come with the stands or the cymbals. Of course, this is the same for any brand at this price range.
When choosing a drum set of this level it’s difficult to find cons, since the quality is high. Apart from the lack of stands, one obvious con would be if you don’t like the Gretsch sound. Since this brand has so much character, either you like it or you don’t. It’s like dating someone who has a strong character; either we love them or we hate them. But honestly, I have never spoken to a drummer who does not appreciate the Gretsch sound.
Listen to the video to get a clear idea of the type of sound that I’m talking about.
I strongly recommend using headphones!
- Great sound
- Good price
- Good drum heads
- No stands
- No cymbals
- Specific sound
Gretsch Renown Maple – My opinion
I honestly love all the Gretsch drums. I have a Catalina model, but I love the sound so much that I’m saving in order to by the USA Custom model – the most expensive Gretsch model.
I believe the Gretsch Renown Maple is a great solution for whoever is looking for a professional kit with character and a sound that stands out from all the others. The Renown offers all the qualities of the more expensive models but at a more reasonable price. The differences are in the fact that the higher quality models resemble more the vintage traditional Gretsch sound from the old days and the Renown doesn’t.
I would say that the higher price range models of Gretsch are for passionate people who are willing to spend anywhere from $3000 to $5000 in order to have the classic vintage sound.
However, the Gretsch Renown Maple lacks nothing to be a great kit. Its versatility and accessibility are probably what have made this kit so popular within the drumming community.
I do believe there should be a good reason behind the purchase of a professional kit, especially when it comes to a church context. If we want to invest in buying a drum set in this price range then we are likely seeking to have a worship ministry which functions at a professional level. This doesn’t mean we need to have the most amazing drummer, but you need to be able to justify the investment.
If this is the case, I’m sure that the Gretsch Renown Maple satisfies these requirements.
I hope you enjoyed the article, feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment below.
God bless you so much,
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