The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 27 – John Lennon’s Martin D-28 Acoustic

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John Lennon strumming his 1965 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar

This dreadnought acoustic took its place alongside the Gibson J-160E on Beatles albums, beginning with The Beatles. Lennon brought it to India in February 1968 and composed on it most of his “White Album” songs.


The front and back of a 1965 Martin D-28 much like Lennon’s axe!

In December 1969, Lennon took this guitar along on a visit to Toronto, and gave it to rockabilly guru Ronnie Hawkins. However, a recent inspection revealed that the guitar Hawkins now has is a 1972 D-28. The Hawk says Lennon’s gift “was ‘exchanged’ by someone I thought was a friend; didn’t know ’til lately . . . the way of the world.” Attention scoundrel house guest: Shame on you. Give it back.

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  • Jamorama Guitar

    Oh boy. John Lennon in the classic Sgt. Pepper’s get-up. Gotta love it! Great guitar as well! :]

    • Very true! The SGT Pepper duds look like something Austin Powers would sleep in but maybe they were more SUPERHERO costumes for true super hero artists as the Beatles were in prime form during the making of Pepper… and the Martin D-28 served its place right there in rock history.

  • Winston O’Boogie

    The D-28 was a 1967 model. You can tell by the black pick guard.

  • This guitar’s serial number identifies it as a 1965 model.

  • paul

    Where did get the serial of john’s guitar from?

  • o’boogie

    Lennon must’ve taken it back himself because he’s playing it on 1974’s “Walls and Bridges” album.

  • John F. Crowley

    That’s not the same Martin on “Walls and Bridges.”

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