The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 30 – John Lennon’s Russian Acoustic!

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In 1965, The Beatles were gifted with Russian made acoustic guitars that made it into the studio!

A 1987 Harrison article in Guitar Player notes that in late ’65 “all four Beatles received Russian-made nylon string guitars. They’re seen in the studio during the recording of ‘Day Tripper‘ and ‘Rubber Soul,’ ” yet it’s doubtful these inelegant instruments ever saw action. Reportedly a gift from the Russian Embassy in London, they were of the kind commonly made in Eastern Europe and similar to one featured in a 1961 Bell’s catalog (below). Whereabouts unknown.



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  • Nice to see Ringo getting down on guitar 😉

  • Ringo was one of the best guitarists in the Beatles. Fourth best, most likely. 🙂

    • @BeatlesTrivia – A little known fact, Ringo taught the other Beatles how to shred on the kazoo 😉

  • But some say Pete Best was a better kazooist than Ringo. Those long hours in Hamburg paid off. 😉

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