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 Post subject: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:32 am 
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Hey,whats up. By 1966, John Lennon pretty much gave up on his 325 and went with an Epiphone Casino as his main guitar for the remainder of his recording career.(He played some sort of Gibson LP during "Live in NYC" and a Tele w/ Elton John , but its safe to say the Casino was his "main" electric.) Any comments on why John made the switch? And are there any known instances of John using a RIC during his post-Beatles career?


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:00 am 
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Hmm, I thought John used Gretchs, Fenders (more Strats in the later years), Gibsons, and whatever was nearby when recording and playing. In Beatles' film after 1967, he seems to play more Gibsons than anything else.

In interviews, I got the impression that he treasured his RICs and generally didn't expose them after he stopped his regular touring with the Beatles. There's a particularly nice story about John showing off his RICs to Cheap Trick.


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:34 pm 
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Mr Fretless, What is the story of JL showing his guitar to cheap trick? I'd love to hear it.


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:44 pm 
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For sure, during the last Beatles period (66-70) John mainly used its Epiphone casino Sunburst and then he got the finish stripped off to get it blonde.
Until the "live in Toronto" in 69, I don't remember him using anything else.
During his solo carreer I can't really tell..


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:21 pm 
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Mr. Kite,

John only used a little Jet-Glo 320 for 3 years during the "Beatlemania" period, true. For me it was enough. The music they did during this time was thier best and those photo images of John strumming his little black Rickenbacker and singing such hits as "I want to hold your hand" on the Sullivan show are, for me, enough to cement the 320's place in Pop music history.
Rickenbackers capture a piece of the 60's and the "British Invasion" in particular. They are well made and stunning visually. If one wants to sound like the Allman Bros, he knows what brand to use. But when I want to look and sound like part of the British Invasion..I reach for my Rickenbacker! Long live Rickenbacker!

Eggman


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:43 pm 
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John only used a little Jet-Glo 320 for 3 years during the "Beatlemania" period, true. For me it was enough. The music they did during this time was thier best (...)

What about Revolver, Strawberry Fields, the White Album, Abbey Road? Do you really want to tell us that the music the Beatles recorded between 1966 and 1969 is inferior to the music they played between 1963 and 1965?

Having said that I agree that the Beatlemania period might have been the best period for John Lennon. I think he wrote 10 of the 13 songs on "A Hard Day´s Night." Later on Paul McCartney gained more and more influence and in their final period George Harrison wrote some very fine songs, while John Lennon seems to have been more busy taking drugs and spending his time with Yoko Ono by then.

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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:59 pm 
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Mr. Kite,

John only used a little Jet-Glo 320 for 3 years during the "Beatlemania" period, true. For me it was enough. The music they did during this time was thier best and those photo images of John strumming his little black Rickenbacker and singing such hits as "I want to hold your hand" on the Sullivan show are, for me, enough to cement the 320's place in Pop music history.
Rickenbackers capture a piece of the 60's and the "British Invasion" in particular. They are well made and stunning visually. If one wants to sound like the Allman Bros, he knows what brand to use. But when I want to look and sound like part of the British Invasion..I reach for my Rickenbacker! Long live Rickenbacker!

Eggman


I ALWAYS thought, and I'm probably right, That it was a 325, not 320!


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:09 pm 
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It absolutely was a 325. Both of his Ricks were.


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:23 pm 
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He favoured the Epi in his later career because he became more of a lead player and used a more distorted sound.The Rick was strictly a rythm guitar.


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 Post subject: Re: John Lennon
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:28 pm 
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Howdy,

Forgive me for my "huge" blunder; John used a 325. I stand corrected. I certainly didn't want to start a fight.

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