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Guitar Greats: George Harrison

There have been many profound things said about George Harrison and his guitar playing, but Traveling Willburys bandmate Tom Petty may have hit the nail on the head when it comes to Harrison.

In an excerpt from Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Petty said, "He was very in tune when he played, the slide was very precise, and just a beautiful vibrato on it. It really sounded like a voice, like a very distinct, signature voice that came out of him. Just listen to those records. They're so immaculate, so inventive. He was a guy who could just add so much."

 

George Harrison with his guitar tucked under his arm takes a break from playing at the Cavern 1960 in Liverpool, England.

 

George Harrison (with Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet guitar) and The Beatles performing onstage circa May 1962 at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.

 

George Harrison of The Beatles pop group, cleaning his guitar in 1963.

 

George Harrison, of Beatles, posed, playing nylon string acoustic guitar at Twickenham Film Studios, during the filming of 'A Hard Day's Night' circa 1964.

 

George Harrison of the rock and roll band 'The Beatles' performs onstage with a Rickenbacker electric guitar in circa 1966.

 

13th December 1969: George Harrison at a concert in Copenhagen with Eric Clapton and Delaney and Bonnie.

 

George Harrison; playing acoustic guitar, c.1970/1971.

 

George Harrison performs onstage at the Concert for Bangladesh which was held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971 in New York City, New York.

 

George Harrison performs on stage during his 'North American Tour' at the Capitol Center December 13, 1974 in Landover, Maryland.

 

George Harrison (left) and Eric Clapton performing on stage together as part of an all-star band for music legend Carl Perkins, October 23rd 1985.

 

George Harrison performing, circa 1990.

 

George Harrison performs during The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, circa 1992.

 

George Harrison plays some of the guitars on offer at Christie's Auction on June 24 at Christie's. The auction is to raise money for the Crossroad's Centre in Antigua, a foundation that treats alcoholics and drug abusers in the Caribbean, June 03, 1999 in New York.