Dozens of guitars from Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bono and more are on the block at mammoth Gretsch Family Archives auction

Gretsch guitars
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

Julien’s has announced a massive Gretsch Family Archives auction, highlighted by Tom Petty and George Harrison’s Silvertone Daneletro electric guitar, Bono’s Irish Falcon Model 6136 Green Gretsch prototype and John Prine’s signed Gretsch Historic Series G3100 acoustic.

The two-day auction, which benefits the Gretsch Family Foundation, features hundreds of items from the company’s archives – among them vintage electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, drums, mandolins, banjos, awards prototypes and memorabilia, as well as furniture, luthier tools, materials and patterns from the factory – going on the block for the first time.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.