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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