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This badge is very similar to the previous badge but the tag line on the bottom was changed back to “DRUM MAKERS SINCE 1883” in block letters. By late 1981 the brass square badge had returned and is still being used on Gretsch Custom Drums today.
BADGE # 4 1980 A brief glimpse into the modern day drum badge. This badge would be used in 1980 and the shelved for a brief period of time before it was brought back into production. appeared to the right of the grommet and DRUM MAKERS SINCE 1883 was at the bottom of this badge in block letters. OTHER SPECIAL GRETSCH BADGES BROADKASTER and USA MAPLE SERIES The BROADKASTER series and the USA MAPLE series use the modern day square badge design but in antiqued pewter finish instead of the traditional brass material that has been used on all previous series of Gretsch drums.
Final production of Gretsch drums with the Round badge was in 1971 BADGE #2 1972 to 1979 The next badge design for Gretsch was an octagon shaped badge. Final production of Gretsch Drums with this badge was in mid 1979.The badge was a large upright rectangle with the corners cropped.