When the Beatles made their legendary debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, a mop-topped George Harrison was front and center stage playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman. Overnight, Beatlemania spread from coast to coast and Harrison became the most famous lead guitarist on the planet. With Beatlemania showing no signs of fading (the recent Beatles 1 release is a Billboard #1 seller), Gretsch proudly reissues three classic electric guitars that were George Harrison’s main axes of choice in the early to mid ’60s. They include:
1957 Duo Jet (G6128T-57)
According to Harrison, this was his first “real American guitar” and his sentimental favorite Gretsch. Purchased around 1960 from money earned from the Beatles’ famous Hamburg gigs, Harrison’s ‘57 black Duo-Jet was used on the group’s early recording sessions and concert appearances. The ‘57 Duo Jet has been faithfully reproduced with brilliant DynaSonicTM dual pickups, a jet black arched maple top with mahogany neck, back and sides, distinctive humped-block inlays, a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, and more chrome hardware than a ‘57 Chevy.
Country Classic (G6122-62)
This twin-cutaway beauty is the shape and sound that helped launch the second British Invasion. The Gretsch ‘62 Country Classic is a faithful reproduction of the “King George” guitar Harrison played on the Ed Sullivan Show appearances and the Beatles’ historic ‘64 U.S. tour. This stunning guitar features a hand-polished walnut stain finish, 24K gold-plated metal parts (including the distinctive headstock name plate), dual high-sensitive FilterTronTM pickups, a stand-by switch, simulated f-holes, and a Gretsch Bigsby flat handle vibrato tailpiece. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
Tennessee Rose (G6119-62)
You’ll recognize this single-cutaway bestseller as the guitar George Harrison picked in the movie Help! as well as the Beatles’ legendary Shea Stadium concert in August 1965. Finished in its distinctive dark, cherry-red stain with handsome silver-gray pickguard, the ‘62 Tennessee Rose features dual high-sensitive FilterTronTM pickups, a stand-by switch, white outlined simulated f-holes, neoclassic position markers, and a Gretsch Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.