George once called himself a

Guitar Fanatic


(Can't ya just tell from the look in his eye!)

The following is a 4-part listing of the instruments

(mainly Guitars) that George used during


Part 1

George's first "decent guitar" was a 1957

6128 DuoJet


purchased 1961

This guitar was used on the first session at Abbey Road by an unknown local group for a little known sub-label, owned by EMI, by the name of PARLOPHONE that

changed the face of popular music forever!

Later this guitar was given to

Klaus Voorman

(the artist who designed the covers for Revolver and Anthology)

longtime friend of

It was returned to George by a mutual friend. After complete restoration, it was used by George on his solo effort

 Cloud 9

This guitar has been reproduced in every detail By Grestch and is for sale to the tune of $20,000.00 msrp there is one offered at $5,000.00 msrp, with out so much detail (dents and scratches copied from the original).

George used two other models of  guitars.

The first was his favorite, the

6122 Country Gentleman

(the Chet Atkins model)

There were 2 of these.

One with screw-down mutes and the other with flip-up mutes. Unfortunately the first one was destroyed en route to a gig in late 1965.

The 2nd of the remaining model  guitars was the

6119 Tennessean

George is seen here sailing with friends near the Isle of Man.

a single cutaway model used mainly in the ...

For Sale sessions and in the opening sequence for the movie Help!

A modern version of this would be the Tennessee Rose

this guitar ia from my personal collection

In the early days (pre-Ringo) the Fabs had many managers. One such management organization re-named all their artists. George chose the name of "Carl Harrison" due to his affection for Carl Perkins. No doubt his affection for  guitars comes from his guitar heroes, Carl Perkins & Chet Atkins, who are seen with  guitars on album covers frequently.

3 cover tunes of Carl's were recorded by :

 Honey Don't, Matchbox,

 & Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby,

with George taking the vocal on the last one 

(Ringo on the other 2)

Chet Atkins was a fan oftoo.

He released an album called

Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles


the very first  that George is seen with is the result of a trip to the States.

Most people read the name, Rickenbacker, and immediately assume it's a German guitar, probably purchased while in Hamburg. Good guess, but they have been, and still are, manufactured in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A.

A model 425

purchased red (fireglo) and refinished black (jetglo)


(to match John's )

Some say this model 420, non tremolo model, was mismarked as a 425.

The above 425 was first manufactured "sans" tremolo, so this was not mismarked. It would be later offerings that would branded 420, without the trem bar.

 is commonly associated with

and the 360-12 is strongly associated with George

His 12-string guitar was only the 2nd made by and presented to him in New York just before an appearance on

The Ed Sullivan Show, Feb.'64 by F.C.Hall, the owner of since 1953

John was presented with his 2nd 325 jetglo with white double stacked pick guard. Paul was offered a bass, but turned it down. It was a right-handed model. He thought it would be too awkward to adapt!

The unusual arrangement of the tuning keys

makes it easy to tune, but harder to restring

Seen here during lunch at the Savoy near Blackpool, pass the mustard George!

Today's artists often have a "guitar tech" to do that sort of thing, but George probably did it himself.

In 1965 George was presented with a new restyled 360/12. Rounded horns and a new "R" style tail piece.

inset here of guitar above


Fender Fanatic

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