1961 George bought a 1957 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet for £70. He later gave
it to Klaus Voormann, who kept it for some time.
In the well known picture of The Quarrymen playing the Woolton Fete, July
1957, Lennon is playing a Gallotone Champion and on the right is a photo of
his actual one, which sold at Sotheby's for $250,000 to Adam Sender in 1999.
It now lies at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. .
1959, John went up in the world with this Hofner Club 40 - his first
electric guitar. He is pictured with George in 1969 at the Indra Club,
1964 John asked Rickenbacker to make him a 325 Jet-glo 12 string
which he acquired in March. It belongs in the Lennon estate.It has been
displayed at Clevelands Rock & Roll Hall of fame museum.
1960, Paul's Rosetti Solid 7 - he thought it was a bit of a rubbish
guitar. The pic on the right shows that Paul has transformed it to a 3
string bass !
1956, George's first (possibly) guitar, an Egmond acoustic.
guitar was auctioned off in 80s, and was on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in Cleveland from 1995 to 2002. In 2003, now worth approx.
$800,000 was displayed at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool
1958, George bought (maybe with mum's help !) a Hofner President. He
later put a pick up on it. It had no name on the headstock. He swopped it
(although this is questionable) with Ray Ennis of The Swinging Blue Jeans
for his new guitar. It's whereabouts is unknown.
1959 he acquired (bottom left) this Hofner Club 40, slightly different to
John's. It has all 4 signatures (by Neil Aspinall) and auctioned at Juliens
Auctions, after Frank Dostal decided to sell - it raised
1959 George bought this Neoton Grazioso Resonet (later Futurama III when
Selmer bought it to UK) , red sunburst
from Hessy's, Liverpool.It later ended up in the hands of Sean O'Mahoney,
editor of Beatles Monthly, who still owns it. The picture on the right is
similar (III), and credited to Dusan Palka, California, USA
JOHN'S BIG ONE !
1960 a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 capri - bought in Steinways of Hamburg,
gold pickguard, kaufmann vibrato.John had a Bigsby b5 vibrato put on it and
painted black in Sept 62.In 1972 it was restored to it's natural colour, and
is owned by Sean. It's last public appearance was on the 1964 Ed
Sullivan show. It's that sacred that even my knitted doll has got a replica
10 Sept 62 John & George bought identical Gibson J160e from Rushworths,
Liverpool for £161. As they were identical apart from the serial numbers,
they got them mixed up.George's was stolen at the 1963 Finsbury Park Xmas
show - John thought it was his that was stolen, so replaced it with the one
1964 John bought another J160e to replace his 'lost' one. In 1967 The
Fool painted in psychedilic colours and had it stripped later for the bed
in.It was on display at Cleveland rock n roll hall of fame on loan from
1964 Another Rickenbacker 325 Jet-glo -an improved model ,it was sent to
the Deauville rehearsals for the 2nd Ed Sullivan show- it immediately
replaced his previous one until late 65. It was displayed
at the Lennon museum, Japan. Lennon dropped it the Hammersmith 64 Xmas show
and cracked the headstock. Also in 1964 he got Rickenbacker to make a12
string 325.It belongs in the Lennon estate.
After breaking his 64 325, Rose Morris gave him a Fire glo model. He gave
it to Ringo.
1960 and John lent Paul his Hofner Club 40 as he had bought his
Rickenbacker, and as you can see, Paul just re-strung it left handed. Lennon
soon sold it.
Framus Hootenanny Acoustic 12 string used during Help! and Rubber Soul
sessions, also used in the recording of Polythene Pam.
1965: 1963 Gretsch 6120 used on the "Paperback Writer" session.
Lennon gave it to his cousin David Birch,
Birch loaned it to The Beatles Story in Liverpool 2010. As of June 2012,
this guitar is
on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1965: 1961 Fender Stratocaster Sonic Blue:
In the studio one day John and George sent Mal Evans to "get a couple Strats,"
Evans came back with two '61s in a rare blue color.
Paul was given this Rickenbacker 4001S (leftie) at The Beatles' 1965
Hollywood Bowl performance
Post-Beatles, he sanded it back to reveal its natural finish,
favouring the Ric’ as his main bass while recording and touring with Wings.
....and a red Jet 6131 he borrowed, possibly from Rushmore & Drapers in
George bought this Rickenbacker 1962 425 in Sept 1963 whilst visiting his
sister in Illinois (113 McCann Street, Benton) from Fenton's, 601 South 10th
St,Mt. Vernon for $400 and it was originally Fire glo.
1963 he aquired a Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman from Sound City in
London.It went for repair, was stolen and they gave him another one and the
original one was later found. He preferred the new one ad December 65 it was
run over ! Pic far right with both of them.
1963 Maton Mastersound ms 500. This was the one lent to George while his
CG was being mended at Barratts of Manchestr. It ended up with the guitar
player of Dave Berry's Cruisers.
FIRST ONE in 1964 a 1963 model. Serial No. CM107.
In Feb 64 just after the Beatles arrived in New York for their first
Sullivan appearance, George was ill and the Rickenbacker president F.C. Hall
gave this to him. He started using it when he got back to the UK , firstly
on "I Should Have Known Better, "I Call Your Name" and "A Hard Day´s
1963 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean He first used it for the '63 Christmas shows
and later at Carnegie Hall,
and used on the Beatles For Sale sessions,touring and TV into 1965.Nobody
seems to know where it is now !
1963: Jose Ramirez Guitarra de Estudio acoustic
Spanish nylon-string guitar was used for n "Til There Was You" and "And I
Love Her." They are quite expensive (£2Kish) - see right
360-12 Fire-glo (2 of the buggers !)
George playing his (or John's) Gibson J160E as described above
SECOND ONE in 1965 radio station WDGY gave Harrison a brand spanker when
they went to
Minneapolis (Aug 65)
Harrison retired his first 360-12 and used this one for performances and
(beginning with "If I Needed Someone" on 16 Oct. '65). This guitar was last
in March 1969 at the Abbey Road studio, from where it is reported to have
1965:Gibson ES-345-TD sunburst. George may have been loaned this from the
Moody Blues after his Country Gent was smashed.
1965: 1961 Fender Stratocaster. As mentioned with Lennon's Strat above, they
both had one of these in 1967, to commemorate
the "All You Need Is Love" satellite broadcast, Harrison gave his Strat a
job and nicknamed it "Rocky." In his solo years,
Harrison had it set up for his slide work, and dusted it off for
"Free as a Bird."
1966: Epiphone E230TD(V) Casino Harrison and
Epiphone Casinos. Not top-of-the line instruments, but
the Beatles just liked them. It appeared on the "Hello, Goodbye"
promo (its last appearance). Harrison, like Lennon, stripped
the finish off his Casino to bare wood.
1966: Gibson SG and first used during the Revolver sessions, the promo
film for "Lady Madonna" and "Hey Bulldog" video. It makes its only public
appearances on 1 May 1966 at the NME Poll Winners concert in Wembley and
at the first show on the '66 tour. In 1969 Harrison it Pete Ham of
Badfinger. Just before his suicide in April 1974, Ham left this guitar
at his brother John's home. John Ham took it out in 2001 and loaned it to
the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame for display. In 2004 Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray picked it up
only $567,000 at Christie's.
Harrison bought this Gibson J-200 in the U.S. in 1968.Late 1968, he gave
Bob Dylan, who posed with the instrument on the cover of his 1969 release,
Nashville Skyline and used it when he performed
at the Isle of Wight on August 31, 1969 - it's a big bugger !
In fact, John's 325 is so important, even my Beatle has one !
1961 Hofner 500/1 - Hofner Violin bass.When Paul was 'lumbered' with
playing bass, he bought this cheapish bass, in Steinways, Hamburg.Some
b.....d stole it.
PAUL'S BIG ONE !
1966 He acquired an Epiphone Ee230td Casino sunburst. It was used for
the Revolver sessions and the1st live gig was 1 may 66. In 1968 he had
it sanded to natural and appears with it on the Apple HQ rooftop
& the Live peace in Toronto. It belongs in the Lennon estate
Paul's first guitar - apparently he traded in the trumpet his dad had
given him. He still owns it ! I can remember I had a Zenith guitar once -- a
little red semi acoustic number !
1968: 1968 Fender Telecaster, rosewood with a maple middle,
was a gift from Fender and one of only two made, and arrived at EMI Studios
day in December, having come from the U.S.
Used mainly on the Let It Be sessions and on the rooftop concert. After the
performed a bit with Bonnie & Delaney and gave this guitar to Delaney
In 1998 Bramlett offered it
for auction at Bonham's but withdrew it after his asking price of $200,000
was not met. In 2003 he offered it again at a Hollywood auction, insisting
Harrison had recommended he sell it before somebody killed him for it. Ed
Jr., bidding for Olivia Harrison, bought it for more than $470,000,
LUCY -1968 August -
originally a gold top 57/58 owned by John Sebastian of The Lovin Spoonful,
he changed it to red but didn't like it so he sold to Dan Armstrong guitar
shop in New York. Eri Clapton
bought it and gave it to George in Aug 68. Clapton played it on While my
guitar gently weeps in September. It was stolen fron George's Beverly Hills
home, but later recovered and he kept it until he died in 2001.