The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 20 – Paul McCartney’s Epiphone Casino

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Paul McCartney smokin’ on his 1962 Epiphone Casino; Serial #84075

At the same time he bought the Texan, McCartney took bluesman John Mayall’s advice and got this hollow-body electric guitar and used it to play leads on several Beatles recordings, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Drive My Car” and “Taxman.”

This early-version Casino featured a Gibson-style headstock and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Lennon and Harrison liked the Casino sound and soon bought their own. McCartney still plays and records with this, his favorite electric guitar (see photo below).

The Casino, sans pickguard, came along on McCartney’s 1989 tour!

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