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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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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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A Closer Look at the Roots Collection

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Yesterday, we officially announced the new Gretsch Roots Collection. For a closer look at some of these new instruments, we recommend this video clip from the 2012 NAMM show when Greg Koch sat down with Gretsch’s Mike Lewis to discuss the line.

Watch and enjoy below:

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Introducing the Gretsch Roots Collection

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During the 2012 Gretsch Showcase at NAMM, we posted this sneak peak of the new Roots Collection.

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Gretsch is very proud to take players on a musical journey through nearly a century of great Gretsch history by introducing its Roots Collection of acoustic instruments. This exciting new family of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars feature classically authentic Gretsch designs that transport players to a bygone era well before the company made its acclaimed 1950s entry into the electric guitar world.

The Gretsch Roots Collection’s five new banjo models feature solid modern craftsmanship and sparkling good-time sound and feel while authentically evoking the company’s innovative banjo models of the early 20th century. From the 5-string, mahogany-neck Broadkaster® Deluxe and Broadkaster Special resonator models and Dixie open-back model to the diminutively striking Clarophone Banjo-Ukulele and the guitarist-friendly Dixie 6 Guitar-Banjo, all provide a splendid Southern surfeit of outstanding sound, performance and value for established artist, seasoned player and eager student alike.

The Roots Collection also heralds the return of the revered Gretsch New Yorker mandolin. Styled after the brightly ringing 1950s classic, a trio of modern-day models—the New Yorker Standard, New Yorker Deluxe and New Yorker Supreme—offer premium features with authentic vintage touches, full-bodied tone, smooth-playing performance and eye-catching design beauty.

Three remarkable Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator guitars add powerfully distinctive tone to the Roots Collection. The mahogany-body Boxcar Standard and Bobtail Deluxe each come in round-neck and square-neck models, and the round-neck Honey Dipperhas a nickel-plated brass body. The heart of each richly resounding guitar is the new Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone, hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum for fantastic volume and sonic projection.

At the request of Gretsch fans worldwide, the Roots Collection also presents half a dozen new Gretsch ukulele models. The uke is experiencing one if its phenomenal resurgences in popularity, once again bringing the lilting sounds of the South Sea islands to delighted ears everywhere, Gretsch’s three deluxe ukuleles—the Concert Deluxe, Tenor Deluxe and Tenor Cutaway Electric models—boast premium construction features such as quartersawn solid mahogany top, back and sides; one-piece mahogany necks and handsome semi-gloss finishes. The three standard ukes—the Soprano Standard, Concert Standard and Tenor Standard models—deliver laminated mahogany build and other fine features. All six new Gretsch ukuleles deliver great looks, smooth feel and wonderfully singing tone.

Finally, a great Gretsch name is back with the return of Rancher acoustic guitars, which launched a few weeks ago on gretschguitars.com. The rich-sounding model first appeared in the early 1950s with a highly distinctive triangular sound hole and sweepingly elegant pickguard. With a great new five-instrument selection of body sizes, styles and features that combine the best of the guitar’s acclaimed past with the best in modern sound, strength, style and playability, Gretsch now offers the finest of all Ranchers. The new models are the Rancher Folk, Rancher Orchestra, Rancher Jr., Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric and Rancher Dreadnought.

Coming MAY 2012

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