When expressing his ardent love to Cynthia, John Lennon once wrote passionately, "I love you like guitars." George Harrison spent his school days sketching various guitars in his notebooks. There's just something about a guitar that can evoke such strong emotions in musicians. I know I feel a particular attachment to my 3 guitars as well. Trini, the excellent blogger for "Breakfast With The Beatles," kindly sent me 3 of the above pictures, including the adorable one of George laughing with eyes closed (thanks, Trini). These photos are from the sessions for The Beatles, Let it Be, and Abbey Road. (Click to enlarge--some are large hq scans.) There are two pages including several pictures of John playing the J200 in the original Let it Be book (but those are for another time).
I received an interesting email from Kenneth concerning my post about George's Gibson J200 I'd like to share:
"I believe that IS George's J200 that John is playing in theThank you for the email, Ken!
photograph. Both John and George were recording their respective
albums at the same time at EMI. (Also the last time either recorded
at EMI, I believe.) I suspect that John used George's J200 for his
Another thing that I heard was that John played acoustic guitar on
George's My Sweet Lord. Uncredited! (Which is so unlike John!) John
never ever mentioned participating on that recording.
Anyway, pretty amazing stuff, I think....
A long time ago, I also received an email from Kevin, seeking additional pictures of John's black Yamaha jumbo acoustic guitar, emblazoned with a dragon. I finally found a picture of Julian with the guitar in front of Abbey Road. Perhaps Julian still has this guitar. If any reader has a picture of John playing it, please send it my way, and I'll make sure Kevin gets it!
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