|The Last PIcture of George Harrison|
|George with his Futurama Guitar|
George Harrison played a myriad of guitars throughout his career with the Beatles. Starting out in January of 1960 with a Czechoslovakian guitar called a Delicia Futurama. This was a rather poor version of a Fender guitar which was being imported and sold by Selmer Musical Instruments. It had three pickups mounted on a solid body. Unlike the Fender, the headstock was three on a side for this guitar.
|George Harrison with |
his Selmer Truvoice amp
Gibson Les Paul GA-40 amplifier.
He also was able to buy a black Gretsch Duo Jet.
first Vox AC30 amplifier. He played through Vox amps for much of his career.
one pickup Rickenbacker 425.
added a second pickup. He only used it on a few live British television shows.
But the provenance of this guitar states that Harrison used it on the recording of I Want to Hold Your Hand. Harrison eventually gave this guitar to a friend.
It sold at auction for $657,000.
It was not until April of 1963 that George Harrison graduated from the small bodied Gretsch Duo Jet to the larger bodied Gretsch Country Gentleman.
In July or August of 1963, Harrison added an Australian made Maton Mastersound MS-500 to his collection.
He also possessed a new Vox AC30 amplifier.
|Both Country Gentlemen|
Francis Hall, the owner of Rickenbacker Guitars presented George with a 1963 Rickenbacker 360/12, which gave the Fab Four some of their signature sound.
Harrison also acquired a new Ramirez classical guitar, which he used in the studio and in the film, A Hard Day’s Night. This is another guitar he gave away to a friend from Liverpool.
Sonic blue Fender Stratocasters. One was a 1961 model which he would later paint and it became his Rocky Stratocaster. You can hear that distinctive Strat sound on the recording of Nowhere Man.
He also acquired a Gibson ES-345.
Harrison and Lennon purchased 1965 Epiphone Casinos. Harrison's had a Bigsby, while Lennon's had a trapeze tailpiece.
Harrison also acquired a 1964 Cherry Gibson SG, a Burns Nu-Sonic bass guitar, and a Fender Showman amp.
In 1966, the Beatles were presented with a prototype Vox amplifer called the UL730. He used this in the Let It Be Sessions.
|George with a Vox Super Beatle |
(head is backwards)
rosewood Telecaster made by Roger Rossmeisl and Philip Kubuki during the time they worked for Fender. They made two of these guitars and gave George Harrison the best one. The serial number is 235594. The guitars body had to be hollowed out due to its weight.
It is sometimes called The Rooftop Telecaster.
It was used in Let It Be and on the Abby Road sessions. Ed Begley Jr. purchased it at auction in 2003.
Harrison also owned several acoustics guitars built in 1974 by luthier Tony Zemaitis.
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|George Harrison with his collection|
|Some of the Amplifiers That Harrsion Used Through the Years|
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