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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:
Posted: January 2, 2012
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.
“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.
Posted: December 5, 2011
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.
Posted: November 3, 2011
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.
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.
Posted: October 13, 2011
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.