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Explore George Harrison's Guitars

A young George Harrison and his many guitars.
Peter Belanger
Courtesy of the Harrison Estate

George Harrison wasn't the flashiest, craftiest guitarist of his day, just the one everyone loved. His sound always served the songs, just enough to make them better, but never enough to eclipse the writing of Lennon or McCartney or even his own tunes.

George Harrison's classic Rickenbacker
Peter Belanger / Courtesy of the Harrison Estate
Courtesy of the Harrison Estate

A new app for the iPad showcases Harrison's collection of guitars. It features audio and video recordings of the former Beatle talking about and demonstrating the sound of his instruments. You can see 360-degree views of the guitars in his collection, including the infamous Rickenbacker 12-string used on "A Hard Day's Night" and "Ticket to Ride."

There's also the famous Black Gretsch Duo Jet, George's first real electric guitar. It's the instrument he played in the early days of The Beatles in Liverpool's Cavern Club, night after night in Hamburg and eventually gave it to artist/musician Klaus Voorman. He eventually got it back from Voorman and had it put back into it's original condition

For the true geek, there's a catalog of his guitars and a list of songs each one is played on. You'll also find performances and appreciations of Harrison by other artists, including guitarists Ben Harper, Mike Campbell and Josh Homme, who give insights to the tone and feel of the guitars and Harrison's performances. George's son Dhani also talks with Conan O'Brien, a bit of a guitar geek himself, about these unique instruments.

The app is out today, for a penny shy of ten dollars.

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