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 Post subject: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:31 pm 
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I always wondered why Lennon played a short scale guitar and was once told by a friend's mum who met the Beatles in 1963 or '64 at the Hammersmith Odeon and got their autographs that they were all relatively short. In fact, she is 5 foot 10 and she said that John Lennon was probably an inch shorter than her!

Then I just read this from Gibson:

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/F ... 0124-2011/

4. He preferred small guitars to fit his stature.

In his many years of Beatles-related research, Rodriguez says that two themes in particular have emerged about Lennon’s guitar playing. “Guitar techs and people that were aware of him musically always said he was one of the best rhythm guitarists they’d ever heard but that his arms and his hands were small and that he tended to play short-scale instruments,” says Rodriguez. “They were always amazed at how small John seemed in person.”

I met Paul McCartney's tailor once and he said that Paul was 173 - 175 cm -whatever that is in feet...and had a 40" chest and 31 " waist in 1966. Seems quite small too - guess that explains the short scale bass too!


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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:47 pm 
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Funny on the other hand G Harrison Gretsch Country Gent is huge, and he was even shorter

I own a Country Gent and a 381v69/6, you certainly don't forget that they are around your neck. A 350v63 or 350 well that's so light you don't know it's there

To give you and idea when George played the Gretsch it was nestled under his armpit, Johns Ric was worn at a little above waist height

I play with the guitars slung down low, but not as low as Jimmy page

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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
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"I met Paul McCartney's tailor once and he said that Paul was 173 - 175 cm -whatever that is in feet..."

Five foot six inches, give or take a skosh

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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:57 pm 
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How tall is George??


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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:59 pm 
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Actually, doing the math, 173 to 175 cm is @ 5' 8" to 5' 9", and Paul was the tallest Beatle.


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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:58 am 
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iiipopes wrote:
Actually, doing the math, 173 to 175 cm is @ 5' 8" to 5' 9", and Paul was the tallest Beatle.


5 foot 9 is not too short, I just checked the average UK height and it was actually 5ft9" for 2009.


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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:41 pm 
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5 foot 9 is indeed not too short, well maybe to become a pro basketball player
But perfect to play guitar! I was playing guitar very young and my hand where small
no problems, they just got stretched. Medium size hands work well for guitar
Violin and mandolin would suit smaller hands

Technique finger exercises and dedication are more important than size
I'm very lucky as I have 2 right hands as I'm ambidextrous, the only thing I do left handed is write, guitar is played right handed

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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
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Aw c'mon... Anyone who's under 6'2" is too short...
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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
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The average European male is about 176 cm tall today. The average male probably was less tall in the 60s. George, Paul and John are reported to have been about 180 cm tall - all three of them. In many pictures you can see that they are more or less the same size. This size is above the European and British average, so it should not be a reason for John playing a short scale instrument.

On the other hand I am 179 cm tall myself and I also like the playability of the 325. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Lennon The Shorty
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It seems trivial but their height is an integral part of their whole image. If one of them was significantly taller than the others, they would have looked ridiculous, it wouldn't have worked. If they were all 6' it wouldn't have worked. I'm just over 6 feet tall and when I strap on my 325 it just doesn't look as good as when my 4 inch shorter friend wears it. Fact, that particular guitar looks better if you're a shorty. On the other hand Steve Marriot playing his big old gretsch looks comical, but he was only 5 feet tall. Stu sutcliffe must have been tiny as his Hofner looks as big as him! The taller you are the more awkward you look with a guitar strapped over your shoulder. All true rock stars are short, apart from me.


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