"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
"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
"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
> In the early days of the MC5, Kramer went through a Fender Esquire, a Gretsch Duo Jet, a Gibson ES-335, and a ’57 Les Paul (which he might have stayed with for good if it hadn’t been stolen), but eventually he landed on the Strat, which he “hot-rodded” with a middle humbucker for extra oomph on his solos.more
Tom talking about Dreamcar and the gutars he used. "I mostly used my Gretsch Duo Jet with Filter’Trons and a Bigsby. There was something about that guitar—a chiming top end with a little bit of body. My Hamer 12-string electric was used for single-note lines, and it was processed with a heavy, saturated delay and a chorus. Then, there was a 15-year-old Ovation double-neck acoustic with a Nashville tuning on one neck. This was for ear candy and strum-y things, like what Johnny Marr did on the early Smiths tracks."more
This guitar is not as tame as it looked it is a sonic-assault machine-
I got the cherry sparkle version with the v hardtail. I play in a cover band where we play contemporary rock and pop and this is pretty versatile. At home I also use this for a lot of grunge and metal and this thing has a surprisingly good distortion tone. I will say that the only drawback I had was that the included strap locks were pretty crappy. They would come loose about once every 2 days and were also rather loose in the holes so when i would tighten them the reverse threading would pull them out. I just got some dunlop straplocks and the guitar is now all ready to go. I would definitely recommend buying this for the price range, but throw in some strap locks while your at it and it will hold up just fine.