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Which Beatles tunes has Harrison played the Duo Jet on?

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That is an excellent post.

We should all learn from U2's The Edge's School Of Guitar Methodology: Edge can play a Gretsch White Falcon, a Rickenbacker 12 string, an Epiphone Casino, a Fender Stratocaster...and all those guitars sound exactly the same on U2 records!

Us guitar buyers nitpick and obsess over various pickups, string gauge, wood type searching for that perfect tone....yet in the end we can't tell the difference between a Gretsch Duo Jet or a Gibson acoustic used on a record!

– Spiritwalker

I'll make a polite and unapologetic comment that I don't think the Edge's guitar tones on U2 cds sound the same at all. I think his use of different guitars changes the tone lot's.

I suspect he's got the same opinion otherwise he wouldn't bother.

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I think it's pretty clear which are Gretsch Duo Jet and which are J160E ...

I thought every Beatles nut knew that the 'Please Please Me' album was recorded over 3 different sessions - the first two in 1962 and the third and longest was very early 1963...

George only got his Country Gent in mid '63... So it's a no brainer.

Indeed, the hardest question to answer is which was the last...

I heard that 'little child' from the second album of mid/late1963 'with the Beatles' was actually recorded at the same early '63 sessions for 'please please me' and held back for later release?

Btw, my Dad went to see them at the Cavern in 1962 but couldn't get in because of the queue... Damn...

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"I heard that 'little child' from the second album of mid/late1963 'with the Beatles' was actually recorded at the same early '63 sessions for 'please please me' and held back for later release?"

No, that was "Hold Me Tight". They couldn't get the song right during the Please, Please Me February 1963 session, so they did a remake for "With the Beatles". I always liked that song...

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http://www.beatlesebooks.com/

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That's the track Frank, sorry. It's funny this thread came up because only last week I bought the first 4 UK albums on CD for playing in my car.. Amazing vibe on those early tracks - McCartney had a really great rock and roll voice back then...

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By the time of the 2nd (UK) LP, "With The Beatles" ("Meet The Beatles" in the USA), George had a Country Gent. I don't think you ever saw it or heard the Duo Jet again on a Beatles record. My impression that it's mainly on the "Please Please Me" LP. In the USA it was called "Introducing The Beatles" on Vee-Jay. Certainly by "She Loves You" from 1963, their 4th single, he was playing a Country Gent. I'll ask my bass player, Andy Babiuk. He wrote the book, "Beatles Gear", lol!!!

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A good way to contrast the tones from the Duo Jet versus the Country Gent is to compare the solos from "Boys" from the first album and "Don't Bother Me" from the second. The filtertrons sound much smoother through the Vox amps. Of course, recording techniques and equipment were perhaps different too, so you have to consider that.

Elliot - tell Andy bravo on the new book! I'll be upgrading from my original version of "Beatles Gear" soon.

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Only Stig O'Hara could answer that question... God rest his soul.

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Let's throw the Ric 425 in the mix... I still think he used that guitar on I Want to Hold Your Hand...could he have used it to double track other stuff or even use it on other late 63 songs...Ill Get You?....Thank You Girl?

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I believe the solo on "Ask Me Why" was played on the Duo Jet, but is has almost a jazz guitar feel to it.

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I would love to hear what it would have sounded like if The Beatles recorded tracks with George playing his Duo Jet and John playing his Casino. I recently recorded some tracks with this combination and those 2 guitars really compliment each other.

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I would love to hear what it would have sounded like if The Beatles recorded tracks with George playing his Duo Jet and John playing his Casino. I recently recorded some tracks with this combination and those 2 guitars really compliment each other.

– BuddyHollywood

Please post links to the songs when you can as that sounds like a match made in heaven.

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By the time of the 2nd (UK) LP, "With The Beatles" ("Meet The Beatles" in the USA), George had a Country Gent. I don't think you ever saw it or heard the Duo Jet again on a Beatles record. My impression that it's mainly on the "Please Please Me" LP. In the USA it was called "Introducing The Beatles" on Vee-Jay. Certainly by "She Loves You" from 1963, their 4th single, he was playing a Country Gent. I'll ask my bass player, Andy Babiuk. He wrote the book, "Beatles Gear", lol!!!

– Elliot Easton

Was Andy the bassist for Chesterfield Kings? If so, tell him he has a huge fan on GDP, they were one of the greatest live bands I ever saw

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Guitar riff of Anna (Go to him) sounds very easy and simple, but I find it quite hard to play. Anyone wants to share how you play it?

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I'd go with Dhani's list, as he had it first hand from his Dad.

I wouldn't be too sure of Dhani's list. Just because he is George's son does not mean he is an expert on all things George/Beatles. Do you really think George told his little boy which guitar he used on every Beatle song? Beatles have 213 songs. You really think he went through every one of them with his son?

Just listen to the song "Please Please Me" and you can easily hear it is certainly not the Duo Jet doing those guitar licks. Those "Please Please Me" guitar licks sounds nothing like George's guitar licks on "I Saw Her Standing There" which is the Jet. Dhani is clearly wrong about the Duo Jet being on the song "Please Please Me." If he is wrong there, he's most likely wrong on other songs on that list.

– Spiritwalker

To me Please Please me (the song ) is pure Gibson J-160E plugged in. I believe I saw her standing there , Boys, probably Twist and Shout(Im not really sure about this one) is the Duo jet. My two cents worth

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Please note who wrote that utterly snarky reply regarding Dhani Harrison’s knowledge of his father's work. Dhani and his father were extremely close and I would defer to him before any “Beatle expert”.

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I've read the J-160E is the only Guitar to appear on every Beatles Album.

I listened to the Mono Album last night. I can hear the J-160E & the Duo Jet on different songs. They each have their own distinctive sound.

I'm hearing both on PPM.

I own both. A Gibson J-160E & a George Harrison Duo Jet. I love their sound!

Lucky


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