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Monthly Archives: February 2012

George Harrison App Now Available

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The Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app is now available through iTunes.

The app brings George Harrison’s private guitar collection to life through photographs, detailed descriptions, audio, and video footage. For the first time, with the help of unique 360-degree imaging by photographer Steven Sebring, fans can see the scratches, dings, and worn threads on the guitars as if they were themselves holding the instruments.

Fans can examine Harrison’s private guitar collection, through personal audio recordings from Harrison himself as he introduces many of the guitars and plays sections of songs. The audio was captured by Harrison’s son, Dhani.

“Back in 1999 or so while we were preparing the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass, I got the idea that we should do a web site that would document all of the guitars,” explains Dhani to Guitar Aficionado. “It never got built, because the technology at the time was not yet up to snuff, but I had gone through the guitars with my dad and had him announce and play each one.”

The history of each guitar is laid out in great detail; including the origin of the guitar, when and how it became part of Harrison’s collection, modifications he made to it and why each was so important in creating his distinctive sound. Songs from his catalog are organized by the guitars used on each track, which allows the user to appreciate the personalities of each instrument.

The video section of the app contains footage of Ben Harper, Josh Homme, Mike Campbell and Dhani Harrison each playing and showcasing the guitars and exploring their feel and tone. In addition, Conan O’Brien and Dhani discuss what make these guitars so exceptional.  Also in this section, guitar great Gary Moore shares his views on what made George Harrison such a distinctive and influential guitar player.

The app sells for $9.99 at the Apple App Store.

Watch a video previewing the app’s features at the link below:

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Premier Guitar Tours Gretsch Custom Shop

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Premier Guitar‘s Rebecca Dirks recently got the VIP tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop by builder Stephen Stern.

Stern took Dirks through many of the amazingly striking Gretsch pieces he and his team have built.

Check out the video below:

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Gretsch Rocks 4th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion Festival

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Blues skies and temperatures in the low 70s provided a backdrop for over 16,000 people who attended the 4th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion Festival 2012 over the weekend.

Attendees were treated to a spectacular carnival midway, hundreds of hot rod cars on display, 70 gorgeous ladies competing for the title of “Miss Lake Havasu Rockabilly” and “Psychobilly,” and an onslaught of twanging Gretsch guitars that dominated the main performance stage. Once again, Gretsch was one of the main sponsors at this family friendly event located near the shore in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Featured bands rocking their Gretsch guitars were The Chop Tops, Moonlight Howlers, Cash’d Out, Danny Dean, The Deadbeat Daddies, The Octanes, and The Rhythm Dragons. Included in the vendor village was Gretsch with a fabulous display of guitars and Gretsch Girl Kim Falcon signing her new poster for attendees free of charge.

One of the grand prizes for the weekend drawing was a Gretsch Guitar pin-striped by hot rod graphic artist (and guitarist/frontman for The Psycho Devilles band) “Hot Rod Walt” Richards from Atlanta, Ga.

As reported by Joe Carducci

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MusicRadar Reviews Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet

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MusicRadar’s Ed Mitchell recently weighed in on the Gretsch Electromatic G5448T Double Jet.

“It’s gold, sparkly and still as cool as your granny’s mood when you wake her at 4am with AC/DC riffs,” writes Mitchell.

In a nutshell, Mitchell said the G5448T Double Jet offers “great build quality, playability and tone,” and that it’s “well worth the asking price.”

Read the full review at MusicRadar.com

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Green Day Back in the Studio (with Gretsch)

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Green Day is back in the studio recording a new album, and have even shared a quick video update. With drummer Tre Cool already in the Gretsch family, it was a bonus to  see frontman Billie Joe Armstrong rocking a Gretsch axe.

Since the vid flashes so quickly, we thought we’d better check with the Green Day camp on the exact model. According to Billie Joe’s guitar tech, Hans, it’s the singer’s “’56ish (Gretsch) Anniversary.”

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