The story behind the wooden headphones
One night, John had an idea in the middle of the night to make a headphone out of wood. He went downstairs, carved some wood, and made our first pair. It turned out that they sounded pretty great. We have a family friend in upstate New York whose father was the first wooden pen manufacturer, and he had left a bunch of wood working machines to his son. John asked him if he could use the machines to carve our wooden housings; fast forward twenty years and he now has a wood business where Grado is his only client.
John had an idea in the middle of the night to make a headphone out of wood. He went downstairs, carved some wood, and made our first pair.
In June 2014, the e Series was released, our newest series of headphones. This time we decided to cure the wood in a new way, which added a shine to the mahogany, and most importantly created a fuller sound. The GS1000e, RS2e, and RS1e, are our three wooden/mahogany headphones.
The 'salad bowl' headphones
When the GS1000e was in the prototyping stage, John Grado came home and put the first versions of them on at the dinner table. They were huge. They looked like a coconut cut in half, swapped, and put on your ears. Or like two salad bowls if we’re getting scientific about it. That pair ended up evolving into the GS1000e we all know and love now.
The making of...
Every pair of Grado headphones is handmade in our Brooklyn factory. Many parts are sourced from the immediate region, including wood from Upstate New York, leather from New Jersey, and foam from Long Island. We employ 18 people, who all work in the same building where the original cartridges were made.