With its popularity getting a boost during the Beatlesâ€™ trips to the United States, the Gretsch name is just as famous as the performers who can be seen using a Gretsch Electric Guitar
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The British Invasion brought with it, in addition to an extensive use of Rickenbackers, further popularity to Gretsch Electric Guitar models. In addition to the Beatles, Brian O'Hara of the Country Gentleman; it has been suggested that George Harrison gave him this guitar after acquiring the Tennessean. John Lennon at one point acquired a Nashville (double cutaway) The Animals' Hilton Valentine played a Tennessean on the classic House of the Rising Sun. Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones used a 1963 model 6118 Double Anniversary from late 1963 - mid 1964, used on the Stones' version of I Wanna Be Your Man as well as the Rolling Stones' first album as well as a few tracks on 12 X 5, notably It's All Over Now. Gerry Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers can also be seen using a Gretsch Electric Guitar guitar.
Beginning in 1966, Gretsch Electric Guitar had weekly television exposure when the company supplied the guitars and drums for The Monkees, extending the demand for guitars. Both Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground used a Gretsch Electric Guitar Country Gentleman during the bands' lifetime (although not simultaneously - they shared the same guitar), as did Stone Roses guitarist John Squire. As the sixties waned into the seventies, Gretsch Electric Guitars were seen in the hands of Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Pete Townshend of the Who also used a '59 orange Gretsch Electric Guitar 6120 (given to him by Joe Walsh) on their 1971 Who's Next and 1973 Quadrophenia albums, including their hits, "Bargain", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "5:15".
 Gretsch Electric Guitar electric twelve-string and The Monkees
According to the audio commentary by Michael Nesmith for the episode "I've Got A Little Song Here" on The Monkees: Season One DVD set, prior to The Monkees, Nesmith liked twelve string electric guitars. At the time, only Rickenbacker and Vox mass-produced them. Nesmith, however, preferred the bluesy twangy sound of a Gretsch Electric Guitar over the distinctive pop sound of a Rickenbacker. According to Nesmith, there was a luthier in Los Angeles that converted six string electric guitars into twelve string guitars. Nesmith bought himself a Gretsch Electric Guitar Country Gentleman to convert into a twelve string, and that is the guitar he used in the pilot episode of The Monkees, "Here Come The Monkees". (Note: Upon close examination of the film footage, the guitar Nesmith identifies as a Country Gentleman is actually a Gretsch Electric Guitar Tennessean. When the pilot episode aired, the music scenes were re-shot. As a result, Mike is holding the original Gretsch Electric Guitar as the band is setting up, but has the famous blonde Gretsch Electric Guitar once they start playing.) Once the pilot was sold as a series, and Gretsch Electric Guitar made the deal to supply the group with instruments, Nesmith contacted Fred Gretsch Electric Guitar, and asked if he could make him a twelve-string electric guitar. Gretsch Electric Guitar agreed, and the result is the famous blonde electric twelve string that Nesmith used during the Monkees' entire run, on the series, in the recording studio, and in concert. Meanwhile, Fred Gretsch Electric Guitar liked the finished instrument so much, he put the electric twelve string into production. One of the first was given to George Harrison and was later known as the "George Harrison Model" (Harrison, preferring his Rickenbacker twelve-string, gave the guitar to a friend).
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