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Posted: October 3, 2018

Gretsch Duo Jet Famous Players

Everyone gets a kick out of the Les Pauls and the PRS guitars, the Taylors and the Martins but let’s not forget about Gretsch Guitars either. Gretsch Guitars started in 1883 in New York and since then, the brand has been synonymous with a number of players, including our very own Anders Mouridsen. Besides Anders, here are a handful of great players that have taken up Gretsch Guitars, specifically, the Gretsch Duo Jet. 

 

Pete Townshend

The guitarist for The Who had a knack for destroying his guitars after a show but thankfully Townshend had a ton of instruments to go through. One such instrument was the Gretsch Duo Jet. He used the guitar until about 1973, at which point he switched to a Gibson Les Paul. You can check out some photos of Pete with his Gretsch right here

If you want to learn a song from The Who, there are a number of lessons you can get right here

 

George Harrison

Of all the guitar players on this list, Harrison may be the one tied closest to the Gretsch Duo Jet. A few years back, Gretsch released a signature George Harrison Duo Jet. This is most likely due to Harrison’s frequent use of a Duo Jet early in his Beatles career. Watch what Gretsch has to say about George Harrison’s influential use of their guitars in the video below.

 

Sara Quin

One half of the band Tegan and Sara, Sara Quin has been known to use a Gretsch Duo Jet, and even a Gretsch Double Jet, which features a double cutaway body. If you’re unfamiliar with the Grammy-nominated indie rock band, the Canadian twins are most known for their video album Get Along, and hits such as “Closer.”  You can see Sara performing with a Double Jet in the video below. 

 

Chris Cornell

Guitarist for Soundgarden, Chris Cornell keeps a Gretsch in his line up for some added twang. As seen in the rig rundown by Total Guitar, Cornell has two Gretsch guitars. One is a Duo Jet in black, which is standard affair. The interesting bit is that guitarist also keeps a Gretsch Sparkle Jet as well. It’s called a Sparkle Jet because the top of the body is covered in gold! If you want to see him destroy a Duo Jet, go here , otherwise you can check out the video below for a look at this rig! 

 

What do you think of the Gretsch Duo Jet? Would you take it over a Les Paul? Let us know in the comments and share this with your friends! 

 

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