Patents

Synchromatic Stairstep Bridge

Synchromatic Stairstep Bridge

Patent #02190475, assigned Feb 13, 1940 to Fred Gretsch Jr., for the Synchromatic Stairstep Bridge

Rancher triangular soundhole

Rancher triangular soundhole

Patent #129478, assigned September 16, 1941 for a new, original, and ornamental Design for a Guitar or Similar Musical Instrument

Miracle Neck

Miracle Neck

Patent #02469582, issued May 10 1949, for the design of the Synchromatic “Miracle Neck”

Ocarina

Ocarina

Patent #02460931, issued to William Gretsch February 8, 1949, for an ocarina.

Musical Comb

Musical Comb

Patent #02531212, issued to Fred Gretsch Jr. November 21, 1950, for a musical comb

Aug 21 1951: Melita Bridge

Aug 21 1951: Melita Bridge

Patent #02565253, for the Melita Bridge

Dynasonics

Dynasonics

Patent #2612072, granted Sept. 30, 1952, for the DeArmond Dynasonic.

Bigsby design

Bigsby design

Patent #0169120, granted to Paul Bigsby March 31, 1953, for the Bigsby vibrato design.

Bigsby Vibrato

Bigsby Vibrato

Patent #0170109, assigned to Paul Bigsby August 4, 1953, for his vibrato system.

Melita Bridge

Melita Bridge

Patent #2786382, for the Melita bridge, issued March 26, 1957

June 30, 1959: FilterTron

June 30, 1959: FilterTron

Patent #2892371, assigned to Ray Butts, for what would become known as the FilterTron humbucker

Space Control Bridge

Space Control Bridge

Patent number 02918837, assigned to Jimmy Webster for the Space Control bridge on Dec. 29, 1959

Project-O-Sonic Stereo

Project-O-Sonic Stereo

Patent #2964985, issued to Jimmy Webster December 20, 1960, for the design of the Project-O-Sonic stereo system.

Burns vibrato

Burns vibrato

Patent #194067, issued Nov. 13, 1962, for the design of the Burns vibrato.

Electrotone body and back pad

Electrotone body and back pad

Patent number 196,609, assigned to Jimmy Webster for the Electrotone body and back pad Oct 15 1963

T-Zone Tempered Treble

T-Zone Tempered Treble

Granted Sept. 17, 1963 to Jimmy Webster for T-Zone Tempered Treble

Tone twister

Tone twister

Assigned to Jimmy Webster for the Tone Twister, Oct. 22 1963.

Dec 22, 1964: Telescoping arm vibrato

Dec 22, 1964: Telescoping arm vibrato

Patent #3162083, issued to Jimmy Webster

Flip-up mute

Flip-up mute

Patent #3134288, issued to Jimmy Webster May 26, 1964 for the Gretsch flip-up mute system.

Floating Sound Unit (tuning fork bridge)

Floating Sound Unit (tuning fork bridge)

Patent #3353433, assigned to Jimmy Webster for the Floating Sound Unit, also known as the “Tuning Fork Bridge”, Nov. 21 …

Melita mute system

Melita mute system

Patent #03406603, assigned October, 1968, for the Melita mute system.

April 22, 1980: Super Axe

April 22, 1980: Super Axe

Patent #254792, assigned to Clyde E. Edwards, for the design of the Super Axe

Committee

Committee

Patent #257727, assigned Dec. 30, 1980 to Thomas Kimble for the design of the Committee line.

Beasts

Beasts

Patent #0259199, issued May 12, 1981 for the design of the Beast models.

TK300

TK300

Patent #258449, assigned March, 1981, to Thomas Kimble for the design of the TK300.