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Gretsch 20/12/14/4x14" Drum Set - 1960s Cadillac Green
An incredible piece of history! This is an original, Birdland-model, 6-ply Gretsch drum set. Sizes are incredibly rare with 8x12, 14x14, 14x20 and 4x14 snare.
NOTES FROM STEVE: These kits were only offered by Gretsch between 1954-1958, and I have specialized in these sets for many years. There are about a dozen sets in existence that we know of. I own one set and have sold 5 others, including the only other complete set in these sizes. During the 50s sizes were still larger, and most kits were 13/16/22/5.5. As a result, it is virtually unheard of for there to be a 12/14/20/4x14 in this finish. The fact that this finish was technically only offered with gold plated hardware made the cost so high that very few people bought them, which is a big part of the rarity. Most of the few sets that exist are 3 ply since the 6 ply sets didn't come into play until 57-58. The gold plating on these kits was very thin, and the oils from your hands would tend to eat into the gold. On this set, at some point the hardware had been replaced with chrome parts. Also, the finish on these kits varied from the 3 ply to the 6 ply. Generally speaking, on the earlier kits the green was painted onto the shells, but on the later kits such as this one, the color was painted on the underside of a clear plastic wrap.
14x20" bass drum, 8x12" rack tom, 14x14" floor tom, and a 4x14" snare drum. This set is in immaculate condition. A few of the wingscrews are missing an arm, but all are still functional and can easily be replaced with modern T screws. Very light seam lift on the snare, but the other drums have tight wrap. This set is priced for its rarity and we have alotted for the fact that the hardware here is chrome and not gold. All gold hardware would command an even higher premium. This set has been used lovingly on recordings and performances and is ready for another 50 years of work. Or. keep it in your personal collection. This is as rare as it gets.