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Gretsch Introduces G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet

Today, Gretsch announced the release of the G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet, which is modeled on Harrison's original 1957 Duo Jet. Harrison referred to it as his “first real decent guitar.”

Features include appointments and modifications found on and/or inspired by Harrison’s guitar, which he bought used from a sailor in Liverpool in the early 1960s.

It has a lightweight mid-’50s-style chambered body, an all-black color scheme (arched maple top, mahogany back and sides, and back of the one-piece mahogany neck), a Bigsby B3C tailpiece with a black Phillips-head tremolo arm pivot bolt, plus an offset strap button on the lower bout.

Other features include three-ply body binding (white-black-white), white single-ply neck and headstock binding, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with 12-inch radius and hump-block pearloid inlays, two single-coil DynaSonic pickups, a vintage-style “rocking bar” bridge with rosewood base, silver plexi pickguard, chrome-plated Grover V98CM Sta-Tite tuners, Gretsch “G” arrow control knobs, chrome-plated hardware, Harrison’s signature on the truss rod cover and a premium tweed case.

This news follows the early 2011 release of the Gretsch Custom Shop G6128T-GH George Harrison “Tribute” Duo Jet, a limited-edition relic model that meticulously mirrored the original guitar, down to the tiniest detail.

Harrison used his Duo Jet on The Beatles' Please Please Me album, and it appears on the cover of his 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine.

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.