I confess. I am a gear addict. I collect all manner of musical instruments as well as the usual suspects that a person needs to equip a recording studio: microphones, outboard, recorders, cables, etc.
I have a nice collection of guitars and amplifiers. My collection pales in comparison to Randy Bachman’s guitar collection.
Randy Bachman, formerly of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has a collection of roughly 450 guitars. 350 of those guitars are made by Gretsch. The signature guitar sound in the hit song Takin’ Care of Business was played on a Gretsch 6120.
Fred Gretsch believes that Randy Bachman has the largest collection of Gretsch guitars in the world. Bachman has over two dozen 6120s, two dozen White Falcons, as well as two White Penguins.
Although not as much of a household name as Gibson and Fender, Gretsch guitars find their way into many different recordings and even feature films. In the movie I, Robot, Will Smith’s character, Detective Spooner, has a Gretsch or two scattered about his apartment.