"The Beatles" Guitar Collection

"The Beatles" Guitar Collection



hey guys Jefferson and Tyler gasp Emerald City guitars we're down in Palm Springs California then we're gonna be showing you guys an amazing guitar collection we're calling it the Beatles guitar collection this is a collection has taken 20 years to completes one of the most intentional collections I've ever seen it'd almost be looked as a singular part installation also lets note that some of these guitars would be left headed because Paul's left hand player but most guys have right-handed so this is going to be a right-handed guitar collection goes through every guitar the Beatles were associated with from the early Corey Mondays to later on their careers and all the changes that they experienced this collection has been featured in Guitar aficionado sitting next to us we have the Beatles gear which is a Bible book for anybody who's a Beatles fan and it can oldest be used as a reference it shows every guitar in this collection so we're gonna kind of be connecting the dots give me some background stories some cool history on some of these instruments you might recognize some you might not there's a lot to cover but we're gonna jump into it all right so let's start with the early early Beatles slash quarryman guitars this is a Gala tone champion a South African made instrument very much a budget guitar this is the same model that was John's first guitar and his mother was a banjo player so his playing was heavily influenced by banjo in fact he's quoted as saying he'd only tune five strings and people would laugh and they'd see that six scream flopping around you never see these around they're so hard to find it's not a really expensive guitar but good luck finding another one and it's so cool to have the exact model of John Lennon's first guitar and right here we actually have a Zenith model 17 which was widely known as Paul's first guitar it's funny back in those days in the late 50s guitar wasn't nearly as popular as it is now so most kids had other instruments now pulse dad had given him a trumpet to learn he wasn't about it so he took that trumpet into a local music store in Liverpool and traded it for this exact model of guitar so one thing that's particularly special about this actual guitar can be seen you look on the back of the headstock it has the original store sticker from where the guitar was bought and it just happens to be the same store that Paul got his at so not only is this the same year the same model as Paul's first guitar but it was bought at the same store and Liverpool now for all we know this could have hung on the wall next to polls just an unbelievable coincidence and just such a gem in this collection so sticking with the theme of the early early guitars this is a famous 5-1 this model was another one of Paul's really early guitars he had one like this that was strung Lefty he got the guitar in the late 50s but he was seen using it for writing and in the studio up into the mid 60's so it's one that he really really loved and it was rumoured that he might have got it from his dad so just great history cool little parlor guitar that Paul played for a long time so here we have a great example of a Hoffner president a gorgeous guitar this is an instrument that George had while he joined the quarry men so this is a nicest instrument in the quarry min at that time retailed for 33 pounds everyone else's instruments were about half of that much it still holds up beautiful instrument and this is a great example all right so here we have what I think is one of the coolest guitars in this entire collection it's a Hoffler Club 40 that was the first dedicated electric guitar in the quarry mint and there's actually more than one in the cornyn the hopper president that we saw just a moment ago it was actually traded for one in 1959 and around the same time John got one as well so the story with John's is that his aunt actually put down 17 pounds on what was a 30 pound guitar and set up a payment plan for the rest you can see that this model kind of influenced the direction that John was going with his guitar style being the shorter scale so something really cool about this model is that kind of every member in the quarry mint had a turn with it John eventually got a Rickenbacker's first Ricky we're a lot of good picture of the quarry man where Paul is in fact using John's guitar strong left-handed alright so this is one of my favorite guitars in the collection Tyler and I were geeking out over this thing it's a 1958 Futurama the only one I've seen the flesh what makes this guitar so special is it's a blatant copy of a 58 strat as if somebody drew it on a napkin and tried to design off memory but some points of this guitar so similar to Fender I mean if you look at the back of this neck the checking the skunk's drive even the shape of the neck it so closely resembles a Fender Stratocaster they could not get strats at that point it's the closest thing they could get to a strat at that point this guitar was made in check Slovakia and Georg is noted for saying how badly this instrument played but dang it look good that brings up a really interesting point of course all these young bands in England grew up watching Buddy Holly and the crickets seeing him play his maple board strat they just worshipped him they wanted a strat liked it but they couldn't get strats and that was for a very specific reason from 1953 to 1959 the united kingdom had a trade embargo with the united states that forebode the United States exports from entering the country so even if you wanted a strat you couldn't get one you had to look elsewhere in this case to Eastern Europe and that is why the Futurama is a thing all right so let's talk about the Rickenbacker 3:25 90% of the fixtures you'll see if Johnny's holding this it's quintessential to the Beatles sound these 325's are short scale perfect for rhythm this is where you start seeing some of those American made guitars coming to this scene the trade embargo is up and the Beatles had a little bit more money starting to get these cool guitars such as Rickenbacker's and you know you've seen this on The Ed Sullivan Show probably most importantly and they were painted black because Brian Epstein said that they will appear better on television so yeah like you said just such an iconic model especially for John yeah them in multiple configurations he had 12 strings he had different finishes the first one he got was actually in 1960 it was a 1958 model kinda like the one you see behind us he actually got in Hamburg where American guitars at that time were a lot more common than they were in the United Kingdom just a great like I said iconic guitar still associated strongly with them to this day all right so if your Beatles fan you're gonna recognize this instrument this is a 1964 Hoffner 501 which eventually got coined as the Beatle bass Paul ordered one directly from the Steinway company or Steinway store in Nestle in Liverpool and probably that the first left-handed one they ever made it was lightweight so he could Bop around and you know obviously it was a symmetrical so he kind of envisioned what to expect when he got his Lefty and something about this bass is just how its set up the long thin neck it makes you play a certain way that I feel it really influenced kind of the Beatles bass playing really melodic and kind of bouncing up and down the neck so this is a model that you see tons of footage with Paul using one it is probably I mean it goes hand-in-hand with Paul McCartney and then just a classic classic edition and here we have an authentic 1964 example all right we have another one of my favorites here 1957 duo jet now this was George's first serious guitar and it actually has a pretty cool story behind it for years and years and years George had just been pining for an American guitar when the Beatles were living in Hamburg George would write to his friends in Liverpool about how cool he thought strats were and fenders were great but the guitar that he really wanted was a Gretsch and that dream came true for him in 1961 he was back in Liverpool just reading a local newspaper and in the classified section he saw an ad for a 1957 duo jet and it was one that an English sailor had actually bought in America brand-new and 57 and brought back to England so George have been saving up for some time he called the guy up paid 75 pounds and never really looked back I mean this is really really closely associated with George he used this extensively in the first American tour it's all over the recordings pictures everywhere you can't think about George Harrison without thinking about one of the beers and that's why it's one of my favorites alright so you're gonna hear this out of my mouth a budge but this is another one of my favorite guitars in this collection there's so many but truly this is a special guitar it's in 1962 Gibson J 160 E there are only 137 made this year so to see another example in this condition is just astonishing cool thing about this model is that John used that J 160 e on every single Beatles record on some song somewhere you hear this guitar really interesting instrument in general it's a cool you know flattop Gibson with that strange pickup in the neck and but through a cool I up it sounds perfect you can hear it in so many Beatles albums so next to me is a really cool reissue of the J 160 which kind of represents how that model evolved with the Beatles John and George both had one one who got stolen they got a replacement they were painted they were stripped so it's really cooler they kind of honored that evolution of this model and of course it's included collection so it's sort of tough to think about beetles tone without imagining a Gretsch guitar through Fox and amp I mean George had a number of these throughout his career and varying configurations a few of which are represented right here but it kind of represents a cool time for the Beatles George got his first one in May of 63 they were first starting to have a little bit of success and get a little bit of money in their pocket and they wanted their gear to reflect that and they certainly did with these Gretsch guitars extremely extremely expensive at the time this country gent in 63 retailed for 264 pounds which was so so so much money especially considering their first guitars that they're playing mere years earlier were like 15 pounds so it just represents a huge huge progress as a band and as gearheads as well also Ed Sullivan guitar this is the guitar that appeared on that and I think any instrument that is part of that performance is you know gets next to a star on it so needless to say this is an absolute essential piece in any Beatles collection so one of my favorite tunes that always kind of sticks out as mg loves you which features classical guitar and in 1964 George Harrison was getting into Segovia and some classical music and that's when he picked out in 1964 Ramirez and this closely resembles the guitar that Joan would be playing beautiful beautiful top-quality instrument and very recognizable in a couple of those Beatle tunes so early 1965 the Beatles have been touring in America for a while being exposed to a lot of American music including a lot of Motown Records and at this time George and John kind of realized that they didn't like their guitar tone the Rickenbacker threw the Vox just wasn't as good to them as the stuff that they were hearing on these Motown Records so they knew that these American guys using American guitarist specifically for fenders so sometime in early 65 they sent out their longtime Brodin mal Evans to go find two strats and he came back with two identical sonic blue strats somehow so here we have an original custom color boostrap but as the Beals evolved so did their guitars during the magical mystery – everything was colorful and obviously the guitars followed that pattern George Harrison took his sonic blue strat and painted it with some dayglo paint right out of the ten used his wife of the time Patty Boyd's nail varnish also painted his guitar exactly like this and it's been forever known as the rocky strap so obviously you know that guitar is is far from here but what the owner of this collection did is source a sonic blue Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster commissioned an artist in New York to do an exact replication of that paint job and it turned out amazing it's so cool to see something like this in the flash cliff you've seen it in books and pictures but to have it recreated just so meticulous and perfect is awesome and priceless mm-hmm so here's a cool one at a time where the Beatles had a little bit more money you're seen them with more expensive guitars they kind of went back in time with this one but a guitar like totally served his purpose earned her Keith this is an old famous hootenanny 12-string don't see these very often you'll hear it on the help sessions hide your love away songs like that really cool 12-string that they probably just needed but ended up keeping awesome sue in the flesh see a lot of pictures of these during the time but you don't see a lot in real life and here we have an original famous hootenanny so here we have what is probably the most recognizable Biel's 12 string model this is of course the Rickenbacker 360 – 12 George had more than one of them in his career the first one he had was actually one of the first 12 string guitars that Rickenbacker ever made his back in 1963 it looked very very much like this but with the sharp horns and of course the binding on the top here so the second one was actually gifted to him by a shop in Minneapolis they had ordered it custom from Rickenbacker and made this big deal about presenting it to him on this radio press conference sort of as a thank-you for what the Beatles did to the guitar market in the United States it absolutely exploded as sort of a publicity stunt slash thank you this store called be sharp music in Minneapolis ordered a brand new 360 – 12 this is in 1965 and by that time the style had changed a little bit as you can see at the top is much more rounded over on the newer version I just not bound of course and also the binding on the back began that really really cool checkerboard bindings these were very famously used on the recording and live for if I needed someone there's capo way up at the seventh fret it's a really distinctive sound but it's just absolutely must have for any Beatles collection so wouldn't be a proper Beatles guitar collection without the casino and not only did George and John own the casino Apollo also had is noted for saying it was a perfect guitar if he had to choose one guitar it would be that photo casino their top quality really similar to the Gibson es-335 ear a lot of revolver and of course the famous rooftop sessions you see John with the strip version really cool part of this collection is you have the original 65 casino then you have this awesome american-made reissue where they do the whole strip body the change knob it's exact representation of that guitar and some really cool combo here that shows you the evolution of that famous instrument that every Beatle pretty much use to me so I love this guitar because I don't right away associate the Beatles with a Gibson SG big humbuckers up that you know they're using the Rickenbacker's switch to strats but this is a different animal but it actually is the main guitar on revolver Jeff back and Eric Clapton were using the big P F powerful pickup so George is kind of chasing that tone and it's such a cool guitar and once you actually dig into it and realize that it was the main guitar you plug in those amps and totally get that sound George loved it used a tiny toy with it in 66 in 69 he eventually gave to Pete ham of Badfinger they're just an awesome guitar and this is a really cool original 1965 SG in remarkable condition so really nice addition to the collection alright so this is another really cool Beatles fender and I just love the story behind it so from the very early days of the Beatles success of course every guitar amp manufacturer was trying to get at them trying to get them to endorse and use their stuff and for a long time the Beatles had a sort of handshake deal with a box so fender approached them many times to try to get them to play their amps and their guitars and the Beatles honored that agreement with locks for a long time but finally in 1968 a Don Randall from Fender was able to arrange a meeting with George and John and Yoko Ono for some reason but they all met up and started talking about gear and so the result of this meeting was a similar sort of handshake agreement with Don Randle offender that any Beatle could get anything from fender at any time no questions has and the result of that was them acquiring a base six very much like this one so their basics was used extensively on the White Album I mean helter skelter you can totally hear it it's just really cool not a guitar that you'd regularly associate with the Beatles were a brand that you really associated with the Beatles but it was an important part of their lineup at that time so it's kind of a cool instrument too because they were passing around the room you can hear John playing it on helter skelter there's a great isolated bass track that you can listen ooh it sounds horrid but it works for the song so well and it kind of shows you you know the genius of George Martin puzzling different sounds together and somehow they made this work and kind of untraditional instrument but you know give it to the Beatles it's gonna work out so yeah during the Sergeant Pepper years a lot was changing including their instruments Paul straight from his tried-and-true Hofner Beatle bass and you'll see him with the Rickenbacker 4001 very similar to this one a little bit different tone with a lot of mid-range so it kind of coincides with them exploring some different sounds and you'll hear a lot on Sgt pepper's and just a cool nice addition in this collection so out of all their ridiculously famous late 50s PAF Les Paul's that you probably won't find one more interesting than one that's simply known as Lucy it actually started life as a 1957 a gold top PAF Les Paul which of course is why the seam is off-center but it actually went back to the factory in the early to mid 60's for a refinish and the reason that they sprayed it in this sort of cherry red color is that it was the standard finish for SGS at the time so went back to the factory for refin and came out with this really distinctive red so it came to the Beatles actually via Eric Clapton he gifted it to George in August of 1968 and actually later that month came back into the studio with the Beatles to play this my guitar gently weeps so it told the iconic solo played by Clapton on a guitar that was formerly his it's such an important gifts in that even the company Gibson did this really great reissue of Lucy guitars through their Custom Shop this particular one is unique in the fact that it's the prototype to that run so along with being a prototype to that cool Custom Shop run that Gibson eventually did it's been upgraded with patent number pickups the correct tuners shares the same serial number as the original Lucy every Nick and Ageing on this guitar is so accurate to the real one it's as close as you can get to the actual Lucy Les Paul alright so here we have probably the most iconic fender that the Beatles ever use this is 1968 by fender rosewood Telecaster now George initially received his first one in December of 1968 that was built by a man named Roger Ross myzel who's working for fender at the time if you recognize the name is because he previously worked for Rickenbacker and actually designed a couple of the models that the Beatles used in the earlier 60s but by 68 he was at fender building there and it was his idea for this all rosewood tele he designed it himself and built it himself originally he actually built two and when they were all said and done he tried them both out and sent the best one to George it's actually rumored on the flight over to England this guitar had its own seat on the plane which i think is funny but it's delivered directly to the Apple studios and was used extensively that year by George of course it's most famous was probably the rooftop show that everyone knows and loves it actually played the lead part on let it be and of course was also featured heavily in the film which is why Fender actually ended up putting it into production and 68 and 69 because the demand after that film came out was so high everyone wanted one they only made him for a couple years so they're extremely rare but this is absolutely the cleanest one I've ever seen it's a 68 and it is as close to men as you could ever want so to complete the collection we got to have a Martin d-28 you these guitars floating around so the late 60s Beatles sessions used for writing there's pictures of Paul with one in multiple occasions and one of my favorite all-time guitars are tried true and trusted Martin d-28 alright you guys thank you so much for watching there's a lot of information a lot of cool guitars we can go on forever about this stuff we had a lot of fun listen the Beatles crawling around going through this stuff if you have any questions call us email us be happy to discuss more thanks for watching