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Conan Checks out George Harrison Guitars


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.

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George Harrison App Now Available


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


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


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


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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