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Harrison Lands At No. 11 In Rolling Stone‘s Greatest Guitarists

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As 2011 wound down, Rolling Stone compiled a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and George Harrison stands at No. 11 among the prolific list of virtuoso musicians.

In the early-December issue of the magazine, Tom Petty offered Harrison high praise.

Wrote Petty:

“George Harrison and I were once in a car and the Beatles song ‘You Can’t Do That‘ came on, with that great riff in the beginning on the 12-string. He goes, ‘I came up with that.’ And I said, ‘Really? How?’ He said, ‘I was just standing there and thought, “I’ve got to do something!’

“That pretty much sums him up. He just had a way of getting right to the business, of finding the right thing to play. That was part of that Beatles magic – they all seemed to find the right thing to play.”

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page earned the top three slots on the list, with Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Van Halen, Duane Allman and Pete Townshend rounding out the top 10.

Gretsch signature artists Chet Atkins and Bo Diddley came in at Nos. 21 and 27, respectively.

“His style was outrageous,” Keith Richards told RS of Diddley; it suggested “that the kind of music we loved didn’t just come from Mississippi. It was coming from somewhere else.”

“I think he influenced everybody who picked up a guitar,” Duane Eddy said of Atkins to Rolling Stone.

Eddy himself was also honored on this list, coming in at No. 64.

“If there was any doubt left in the late 1950s that the guitar – not the saxophone – was rock & roll’s essential lead instrument, Duane Eddy settled the argument: See his 1958 single ‘Rebel Rouser,’ curled with country twang and rippling with tremolo,” noted the music mag of the Gretsch signature artist.

For the full list, click here.

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Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet On Cover of Guitarist Magazine

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In case you missed it, the Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet guitar appeared elegantly on the November cover of Guitarist magazine.

Inside the issue, Guitarist tells the complete story behind Harrison’s iconic guitar.

Also in the issue is a thorough comparison between the Signature Duo Jet and its sibling Custom model, the G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute Custom Shop Duo Jet, which the magazine dubbed “glorious.”

“The Gretsch G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute Custom Shop Duo Jet is a masterpiece,” said Guitarist. “Gretsch couldn’t have done a better job of repaying its debt to George as an ambassador for its brand.”

To read the full story, get your issue of Guitarist magazine here.

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Olivia Harrison To Discuss New Book

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The author of the very book Gretsch is offering to the grand-prize winner of the George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Giveaway will be signing copies in New York City this Friday, as Olivia Harrison is set to appear at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2289 Broadway at 7 p.m.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 400-page tome that culls together items from Harrison’s personal archive of photos, letters, diaries and memorabilia, giving an unprecedented and richly detailed look at the entire life of a great musician who touched the lives of millions.


The book is filled with reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

While at the NYC event, Olivia will sit down with musician Warren Zanes to discuss George and the book and sign copies.

The winner of Gretsch’s George Harrison Giveaway will also get their very own G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet guitar, while five second-prize winners will receive a copy of the book.

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An Intimate Look Into George Harrison’s Life

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It was a grand event Tuesday night at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, as the venue’s newest exhibition “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” was unveiled to a VIP crowd.

Offering a rare look into the prolific musician’s life – both public and private – the exhibition features items as iconic as his Gretsch Duo Jet guitar to notebooks and clothing, such as the cream-colored Nudie Cohn suit he wore at the Concert for Bangladesh, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Fans have been wanting to see these things,” Olivia Harrison, George’s widow, told the Times. “The guitars are beautiful, and I know they should be seen and shared. George always said that instruments should be played. When he came across somebody who had collected a thousand instruments, he thought it was wrong that they were kept locked away in a warehouse somewhere.

“Maybe one day we’ll be able to have it where people can actually pick up and play some of them.”

Those in attendance included former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Doors drummer John Densmore and former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Jeff Lynn, according to the Times.

Harrison once referred to the Duo Jet as his “first real decent guitar,” and it was used on The Beatles’ Please Please Me album, along with his 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine.

In July, Gretsch released the G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet, which mirrored the black-and-white beauty. Gretsch also put out a limited edition run of 60 Tribute Duo Jets in January that burrowed down to the most-miniscule detail.

Here’s a video of Harrison’s Duo Jet Tribute guitar:

Unfortunately, all instruments at the exhibit are behind Plexiglas, which prohibit attendees from playing them, but there are interactive aspects of the exhibit, including the ability to play producer with parts of his 1973 song “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”

The show runs through Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Photos from Abbey Road on the River

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Over the Labor Day weekend, Gretsch Guitars co-sponsored the annual “Abbey Road on the River” festival—the world’s largest Beatles-inspired Music Festival. Located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on the spectacular shores of the Potomac River, the festival featured more than 50 bands performing on eight stages, an indoor showcase display that presented thousands of historical and collectible items, including seldom-seen photos, volumes of books documenting every step of the band’s evolution, and Gretsch’s meticulous replica of George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet guitar, which he played early in the band’s career, including the Cavern days.

The American Red Cross received 40 percent of the revenue generated from tickets purchased through a special website and $5 from every ticket sold at the box office during the five-day festival. Gretsch also generously donated two guitars that netted over $5,000 for the Red Cross. More details here.

Enjoy some photos from the festival in our slideshow below.

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