The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 10

Share My Guitar is pleased to announce a new series of guest posts by John F. Crowley about guitars owned by members of the Beatles. Each week we will unleash another article covering the history and impact of these fab guitars.

Gretsch 6119 Tennessean – vintage ’62 or ’63

Harrison found the perfect country-rock twang he’d been looking for when he got this double-pickup, single-cutaway “Type 2” model — with painted-on f-holes — late in the year, and before long it edged out the second Gent as his go-to guitar. It’s first spotted at the ’63 Christmas shows, later at Carnegie Hall, and used on the For Sale sessions and for tours, concerts and TV appearances well into ’65 — most notably in the opening sequence of the film “Help!” and at the triumphant first Shea Stadium concert that August.

It took a back seat for a while but resurfaced for the Sgt. Pepper sessions. Where is this guitar? In the foreward for Jay Scott’s Gretsch Book (1992), Harrison says he owns a number of Gretsch guitars, including a “1957 Tennessean, which to me is the Eddie Cochran / Duane Eddy model.” Apparently he’s referring to his model 6120, the “Chet Atkins” hollow-body, a gift from his wife, and although in his Guitar Player interview he provides photos of his Gretsches, the ’62/’63 Tennessean is not among them. Likely it was stolen from a storage closet at EMI’s Abbey Road studio, along with a couple other guitars.

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