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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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British Band Gomez Rock Letterman Show

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Acclaimed British rock act Gomez gave a stellar performance of “Options,” a track off their latest album Whatever’s On Your Mind on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 13.

Watch the video below as Gretsch-wielding guitarist Ben Ottewell performs on his Gretsch Duo Jet…

To order Whatever’s On Your Mind, click here.

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Vintage Guitar Details the History of the Gretsch Duo Jet

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Vintage Guitar’s February 2011 issue includes a spread on the birth of the Gretsch Duo Jet™.

The magazine rewinds to 1953 to share a detailed history of the first Gretsch Electromatic Solid Body Guitar, aka the model 6128 Duo Jet. The article explains what sets apart the very first 150 guitar run (with serial numbers 11900 through 12049) from later models, including the scripty Jet Gretsch logo, and on some 1953 models, a Gretsch drum badge affixed to their lower bout.

Pick up the issue and flip to page 32 to read the full article.


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