Tag Archives: George Harrison
Posted: August 17, 2012
Gretsch guitars are fabulous-looking instruments. Always have been. So it’s no surprise that they often made their way onto the album covers of those who played them and put them to such great use. Here then, in no particular chronological order, are eight fine album covers notable for being graced with great Gretsch guitars:
1. A Session With Chet Atkins (Chet Atkins, 1961)
There are only about a bazillion Chet Atkins albums that feature a Gretsch guitar on the cover, usually in the hands of the master himself, and all of them look fabulous. So this one is kind of a tough call.
After much consideration, we’re going with the 1961 re-issue of 1954’s A Session With Chet Atkins because it must be the Gretsch-iest original-era album cover ever. The 1954 original cover somewhat somberly pictured Atkins himself, and while the ’61 re-issue cover doesn’t, what it does picture is three—count ’em, three—Gretsch guitars: a Tennessean, a Duo Jet and a 6120; the latter locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette. Come to think of it, 1955’s Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions also has three Gretsch guitars on the cover, but since none of them are locked in the joyous embrace of a sultry brunette, A Session With Chet Atkins gets the nod here.
Posted: May 1, 2012
To celebrate the May 1st DVD release of Martin Scorcese’s George Harrison documentary Living in the Material World, Rolling Stone is giving away Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Guitar. The model is a replica of Harrison’s original 1957 Gretsch Duo Jet.
Posted: March 23, 2012
The new Guitar Collection: George Harrison iPad app from Bandwdth Publishing presents a fascinating digital guided tour of one of the world’s most historic guitar collections belonging to one of the world’s most famous and beloved guitarists. It delivers 360-degree views and an unbelievably detailed close-up look at every scratch, ding, dent and modification of the guitars that Harrison used to make his many monumental contributions to music.
Fans can dive much deeper, too—Guitar Collection: George Harrison also presents the facts about and the story behind each guitar through detailed descriptions, a wealth of images, historical and contemporary video footage, a full list of Beatles and Harrison songs on which each guitar is heard, and even the unmistakable voice of Harrison himself.
Among the many famous instruments on digital display, the app presents a remarkably detailed look at the highly distinctive Gretsch Duo Jet that figured so prominently in Harrison’s early career and that he was photographed with for the cover of acclaimed 1987 solo album Cloud Nine. Harrison played the guitar extensively from summer 1961 through spring 1963—a historic period that encompassed the Beatles’ meteoric rise from regional popularity at home in Liverpool, the band’s gritty rock ‘n’ roll “apprenticeship” in the seedy nightclubs of Hamburg, Germany, 1963 debut album Please Please Me, the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania and the opening salvos of the British Invasion.
Posted: February 28, 2012
Conan invited Dhani Harrison by his show last week to unveil the new iPad app featuring his father’s collection. Harrison, in turn, allowed Conan to actually hold and play a few of the valued instruments. Watch what happened below when he got his hands on George’s Duo Jet.
Posted: February 23, 2012
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.
Watch a video previewing the app’s features at the link below: