X8 Drums Staff Review of the Gretsch Marquee Drum Set

Published by Kaitlin Meilert on 8th Sep 2019

Matt from X8 Drums took some time to demo and talk about the Gretsch Marquee Drum Set, a brand new offering from Gretsch. After playing a couple of songs and getting a feel for the kit at Wunder Studios in Austin, TX, Matt is confident in saying that the Gretsch Marquee Drum set is currently the best value drum kit that Gretsch offers. It has a solid sound and a professional look that any drummer will appreciate.

The Gretsch Marquee Drum Set features an 8-inch tom, a 10-inch tom, a 12-inch tom, a 16-inch floor tom, and an 18” x 22” kick drum. All of the drum shells are made completely of maple for a beautiful look. The kit also features the 9711 G Class Bass Drum Pedal from Gibraltar, all Gibraltar hardware, and Sabian cymbals from the HH series and HHX series.

A great thing about the Marquee drum kit is that it comes with professional Remo drum heads, including Emperors on the toms and Powerstroke 3s on the kick drum. These are the Remo drum heads that all the pros use. If you want to change them out, you can, but the Gretsch Marquee Drum Set sounds terrific with the Remo heads.

Matt also demoed the brand new Gretsch aluminum snare drum. It measures 6” x 14”, features wood hoops, and sounds great. Matt is using Wunder Mics, including the CM7 FET mic on the kick drum, CM12 overheads, and the CM50 room mic, to capture the beautiful sounds of the Gretsch Marquee Drum Set.