Vintage Gretsch Guitars

George Harrison and That Great Gretsch Sound

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My Gretsch Pro Jet weighs a ton at 10lbs. How much did/does a Duo Jet weigh?

Of course they vary somewhat, but around 7 pounds it pretty typical.

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I have this wonderful photo I wanted to share with all of us here. So, I went looking for a stream that would benefit from it. And, here, I find we are talking about his smile and that beautiful guitar. So, enjoy.

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I just absolutely ADORE this photo. This is from a concert in the early 60s, not my Indianapolis one on 9/3/1964, but probably close.

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I just absolutely ADORE this photo. This is from a concert in the early 60s, not my Indianapolis one on 9/3/1964, but probably close.

– Olivia Anne

Yes indeedy Olivia Anne - that is one helluva special photo! Captures much more than can ever be put into words! Big thanks for posting.

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I just absolutely ADORE this photo. This is from a concert in the early 60s, not my Indianapolis one on 9/3/1964, but probably close.

– Olivia Anne

That photo was taken at Metropolitan Stadium (Bloomington, Minnesota) on August 12, 1965.

It's part of a collection taken by Bob Bonis, the Beatles' US tour manager from 1964-66.

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Kinda rare to see George with his Gent on stage in 1965. Most of the time he used his Tennessan.

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That photo was taken at Metropolitan Stadium (Bloomington, Minnesota) on August 12, 1965.

It's part of a collection taken by Bob Bonis, the Beatles' US tour manager from 1964-66.

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– drmilktruck

The author came to Abbey Road on the River a few years back. If he brought that photo with him, I know I never saw it. I would have stopped in my tracks, dead stop, upon seeing that. That photo embodies every single thing that made me adore him and his music--the wry grin, the happy attitude, flat out gorgeous to my eye, and that guitar, that magnificent GreTscH! I posted many photos on my facebook wall this weekend--suppose I am melancholy with it being father's day and all, and my Daddy has been gone so long. I unearthed a bunch of "new" to me wonderful ones. I'll put up another that I find enchanting that Olivia and Dhani tweeted for Paul's birthday. I posted it with this caption:
"Sweet Boys. Love this photo. Miss George Harrison Love Paul McCartney.

When I see the easy intimacy these Boys had, it makes me recall that they started not as the Rock Icons we love, but as dreamers in Hamburg, sleeping in a closet two to a skinny bed. They are closer than brothers. Sweet sweet photo." [Yes, don't worry; I do know in what establishment that closet was to be found; and, the real reason George's age was discovered and he was sent packing.]

If you'd like to see the other photos, I put the link to my Facebook timeline with them just up a bit. My timeline is open almost to all photos.

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One more; I just cannot tell which guitar George has here. But, to me, the connection and the joy they show here at just playing together makes this one really special, too. I'll stop now. I have zillions. If any of you are on facebook and wish to be friends, just let me know.

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That looks almost like the era of the Japan tour to me, Olivia Anne. If it is, then George would most likely have been playing his Epiphone Casino. It clearly is not his Gretsch Tennessean because the guitar that he is playing is bound on the back whereas his Tennessean was not.

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Bob- I agree that last one looks like '66 to me, especially with Paul's pickguard missing.Also I think that the netting in the foreground may place this at Candlestick. Probably George & Paul look so happy the tour came to an end.

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I agree that the solo on the live performance of 'Till there was you" for the royal family is a pretty great . Maybe not the best live sound but I think it's some of his most stylin' and tasteful playing and he makes it look effortless.m Love those Vulcan/Beattles haircuts!

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George gives everyone a lesson here on how to play a lot of lead but stay out of the way of the vocals. Perfectly done......beautiful performance by the young lads.

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It certainly was a different era. One where rock artists nevertheless concentrated on having excellent vocals, including harmony vocals. I wonder how many current artists would think of having tight harmonies like the Beatles had or making sure that they were polished and everyone on pitch.

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It's natural that we tend to gravitate to George's lead work but his chord work was ever present too, my personal favourite is Ask me why on the first album, I've always liked the neck pickup tone on a Gretsch and the jazzy voicings on this one sing out for me.

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Ask Me Why is one of John's earliest (they played it in Hamburg) and one of my favorites. It has everything, that great Gretsch sound (Duo Jet) and wonderful vocals.

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It certainly was a different era. One where rock artists nevertheless concentrated on having excellent vocals, including harmony vocals. I wonder how many current artists would think of having tight harmonies like the Beatles had or making sure that they were polished and everyone on pitch.

– Ric12string

One of the things that the promoter of Abbey Road on the River mentions in his determinations of whether to invite from among the thousands of bands which wish to play at his festivals is that very quality.

He also replied to my comment about why some bands insist on looking as though they just fell out of bed onto the stage that those bands never will perform on his main stage, no matter how excellent their music may be. I had mentioned that bands offering tribute to The Beatles must never have paid much attention to the players--snappy dressers, always, shot cuffs, often with cuff links, perhaps, at Brian's or George's insistance, but always well turned out as my grandmother would say. We weren't speaking of the Boots and Suits boys, just the bands who play their music beautifully, but don't "dress" for the stage.

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While the song is crude, the riff in "She Loves You" was a great Gretsch sound. Some live versions it sounds like octaves, some almost double stops, but a great sound none the less.

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Ask Me Why is one of John's earliest (they played it in Hamburg) and one of my favorites. It has everything, that great Gretsch sound (Duo Jet) and wonderful vocals.

– Bob Howard

Thanks for posting that Bob, I think this song is so under-rated, it's so melodic and the guitars are subtle but forthright, great sound.

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Thanks for posting that Bob, I think this song is so under-rated, it's so melodic and the guitars are subtle but forthright, great sound.

– twangjunkie

Thanks, twang. Sometimes, when you reach back to a songwriter's earliest work, you find the unadulterated spark that lead them to their creative work. I feel that this is John's actual beginning as a songsmith. It's also fun to play, but hard to find singers to make it sound complete.


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