"I find I can get the sound I want from any guitar. At the moment I’m using Gretsches with double-pole pick-ups. In the studio I use a Chet Atkins-type Gretsch. On stage I use the ‘Les Paul’ Gretsch. It’s the same shape as a Les Paul, but it sounds like a Gretsch. Those pick-ups have a fantastic sound. I think it’s mainly the set-up, you know. I’ve got amps specially made for me by Hi-Watt. They don’t make it any more for the open market, but they do especially for me. They’re incredibly robust, very loud, distorted in the right way, and clean when I want them to be clean. It’s the only common denominator about my sound. I swap guitars around. I use Gretsches, Gibsons and sometimes Fenders, for their strength. I know people like Ronnie Wood had their guitars especially made for them, custom made. Never been moved that way myself. I can get away with anything because the amps are so good." - Townshend about his Gretsch Duo Jet.more
"It was my first real American guitar," he told Guitar Player magazine in 1987. "And I'll tell you, it was secondhand, but I polished that thing. I was so proud to own that." Indeed, Harrison had procured a truly fine guitar for himself—no small feat for an 18-year-old in Liverpool, where any good guitar was hard to come by, let alone a U.S.-made Gretsch.more
This guitar is not as tame as it looked it is a sonic-assault machine-
"Has been my main go to guitar since january of 2010. Really smooth sound that would be great for rhythm or leads. I have the Filter’Tron pickups in mine. Mine is about ten years old, and is a discontinued model that has a bigger headstock than most duo jets. I think this one is from the days before Gretsch got bought by Fender."more
The light blue pearl Duo Jet I own is not seen often. There's a new line called cloud nine, but it's not the same. It plays smooth and the sound can be described as a bit boxy, but in a good way. It stands it's ground somewhere in between a Tele and Les Paul...