Guitar geeks, the gods are smiling on us today. George Harrison’s son, Dhani, has developed an app for the iPad that gives you, me, anyone with access to an iPad, a stunningly intimate look at several of the late Beatle’s now-iconic guitars. The app is available today and costs $9.99. Here’s a preview.
What do you get for your 10 bucks? Well, you hear George talk about his instruments, recalling, for example, how he paid a sailor in Hamburg 75 pounds for that black Gretsch we all know so well. You get feature-by-feature descriptions of the Strat he painted in the tripped-out style of the day (who knew it started out as light blue?) and the 12-string Rickenbacker he played on so many of the Beatles’ early records.
There’s lots more. Judging from the aforementioned preview, you’ll learn about that rosewood Telecaster he used on Let it Be (my personal favorite Harrison guitar). You can listen to song samples to hear which guitar was used for which song. People like Mike Campbell, the guitar player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, show up to pick and strum the guitars, giving us an idea how the instruments sound in non-Beatle hands.
According to this article in the New York Times, Dhani plans to add more guitars to the app (for free) as time goes on. That’s a great idea. And he’s got plans to develop similar apps for the collections of his dad’s pals. Like Eric Clapton. That’s another great idea. Even though Clapton auctioned off much of his guitar treasure last year, my hunch is he’s still got a few decent pieces.