A replica of the guitar George Harrison used during his early days as a musician is being created by the master guitar makers at Gretsch, The new guitar is styled after the Duo Jet Harrison strummed during his early days as a Beatle, the one he described as his "first really decent guitar". He was pictured holding one on the cover of his 1987 album Cloud Nine. Only 60 tribute Duo Jets will be available to fans when they hit stores in May of this year and each will cost upwards of $20,000.
USA Today reports that Harrison bought the guitar from merchant sailor Ivan Hayward and a copy of the I.O.U. slip Harrison left Hayward after buying the guitar for less than the asking price is included with each new Duo Jet. Hayward paid $210 for the original at Manny's Music in New York City and kept it three years before selling it. He had wanted wanted 90 pounds (about $255 at the time) for the guitar, but Harrison had only 70. The guitar makers have re-created the guitar precisely, replicating the nicks and dings of a half-century's use, even using a CAT scan to determine the semi-hollow guitar's body-chambering style.