We spent the whole day there .I finished up my barrel for the brush off party. At lunch time I met Joe. He is the head of development and marketing for the Gretsch company. The first thing he did was offer us some lunch. Next thing I know he has a bag of In-n-out burgers!! This guy is my friend for life!! Joe spent some time in the room with us and told me of the project he was working on. Seems when George Harrison was with the Beatles,the first quality guitar he acquired,was his black Gretsch. In the early 60's,he bought it from a sailer who had put it in the want adds of the Liverpool paper. He played it for several years while the Beatles were in their early years. He later gave it to a friend. Several years before he passed away, George reacquired the guitar. As his first real guitar, he had a fondness for it and wanted it back. Joe was able to contact the Harrison family and made a deal with them to reproduce that guitar as a 50th anniversary commemoration. Joe made the trip to England,met the family, and brought the Guitar back. Got it it's own first class seat! They have reproduced that Guitar,right down to the dents and scratches. They even did an MRI on the inside to get it exactly right. They are only making 60 of these, and when you buy one, you get a DVD showing interviews with the family ,even some old tapes of George, and the making of the guitars. All of which, only the guitar owners will be able to see. He showed it to me.. wooww! The facility there is enormous.
Fender now owns Gretsch. They both share this building. It's a warehouse,assembly and inspection facility. It is a Quarter of a mile on each side. Who would have thunk it!! Guess guitars are pretty popular!After a very interesting day, we headed back to Jimmy's to load up for the moon party.. it's going to be a long day!