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TracksAuction.com To Auction John Lennon’s Gretsch Guitar

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TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.

The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.

Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.

“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.

Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.

Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.

Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.

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John Lennon’s Gretsch G6120DC Featured In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame naturally has an extensive Beatles exhibit, and that collection was recently bolstered by the addition of John Lennon’s 1963 Gretsch G6120DC guitar.

Howard Kramer, the H.O.F.’s curatorial director, explained that Lennon that the guitar was mainly kept in the studio.

“John picked up this guitar in 1966.  He used it in the sessions for ‘Paperback Writer, but in fact, he never even played it on stage,” Kramer said.

Learn more in the video below.

Click here for a look at some highlights of the Beatles exhibit.

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Fred & Dinah Gretsch Honor John Lennon

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Gretsch Guitar Placed at the Imagine Memorial in Central Park

Representing the fourth generation of Gretsch musical-instrument manufacturers, Fred and Dinah Gretsch made a visit to New York City’s Central Park today — the 30th anniversary of the assassination of legendary singer, composer and musician John Lennon. The couple was there to place a Gretsch Historic Series acoustic guitar near the “Imagine” memorial within the Strawberry Fields area. The guitar was inscribed with the word “Imagine” as well as being signed by Fred and Dinah. It was their way of paying their respects to John Lennon and to all his fans.

Although the Gretsches have lived in Georgia for many years, Fred Gretsch spent his boyhood in the New York City area.

“I was here in 1964 when the Beatles came,” says Fred. “Coming back to New York, where my family roots are, always kindles many tender reminiscences. But coming this time to honor John Lennon’s memory makes this visit especially poignant.”

Inside the tribute guitar placed by Fred and Dinah was a copy of a photo that’s near and dear to their hearts. It shows John Lennon playing a Gretsch guitar during the recording session for the Beatles’ classic hit “Paperback Writer” in 1966. The following reference to that guitar appears in the Beatles Gear book by Andy Babiuk:

“Keeping in step with their scheduled LP and 45 releases, the group set out to record a new single, ‘Paperback Writer.’ The April 13th session was photographically documented for The Beatles Monthly Book providing detailed information on the instruments used. New to their guitar line-up was a Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 that Lennon used. The early-1960s orange-finished double-cutaway 6120 hollow body guitar had gold-plated hardware apart from its aluminum-colored Bigsby [vibrato tailpiece].”

In addition to the fact that John Lennon played the guitar, Fred Gretsch offered another reason for its sentimental value.

“It would have been made in the 1960s at the Gretsch factory in Brooklyn,” he explained. “My uncle, Fred Gretsch Jr., was running the company at that time. And ironically, Uncle Fred died in 1980—the same year in which John Lennon died.

“John’s music made an impression on millions of people around the world,” he concludes. “And it continues to do so, generation after generation. We placed the guitar at John’s memorial as a symbol that we hope will remind people of the power and importance of his music.”

CLICK HERE to watch video from the visit.


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