Favourite Beatles' guitar tones

Kmaz

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If you can name the particular guitars that your favourites were played on, please do!

A few of mine:

Dr. Robert rhythm guitar: Epiphone Casino

Drive My Car opening lick: Strat? (not sure)

Good Morning, Good Morning guitar solo: Fender Esquire
 

Fab4ever

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Taxman lead guitar by Paul. I assume it was played on the Casino, but I'm not sure about that.

Harrison's lead on Something is sublime. Again, I've seen debate over the guitar played, and I have no conclusion to offer.
 

Wibcs39

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The Nowhere Man solo has a beautiful Strat tone.

Octopus's Garden is my left field choice...gorgeous lead tone (anyone know what guitar? I assume it is George playing)

The solo in Something

I also love to hear the distinctly different, but all awesome, tones in the 3 way jam of The End. Is there a definitive answer for what each guy used?

I could keep answering but should just stop.
 

JPIndustrie

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O lots:

Sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band (title song): riffs sounded like they were played on the sonic blue strats (John and George) in typical Beatles live configuration.

Paperback Writer: I guess the SG as per the promo video

A Hard Days Night: this song put that Rickenbacker sound on the map outside the normal guitar playing circles...

Revolution: sounded like direct into the board

George's Gretsch country lead tone (via Vox amps) on all the pre 1967 albums: i.e. riffs/tone in act naturally, I don't want to spoil the party, Can't buy me love, Roll over Beethoven, and how can I forget that Bigsby on "Baby's in black" ?
 

Bossanova

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Octopuss' Garden: Strat, assume it was "Rocky"

Sgt Pepper: Paul plays the leads, assuming on his casino.

Underrated tones: she said she said! Casino and SG?
 

GazzaBloom

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George's Tele through Fender Twin on Get Back studio version and on rooftop songs on Let it Be

Paul's Casino (I think?) on Back in USSR

George's Rocky Strat on Strawberry Fields Forever

Paul's bass tone on all songs on Pepper
 

sbrollins76

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All of them? My favorite albums for guitar tones are probably Rubber Soul and Revolver. The bass sounds on those are great too.

Taxman lead guitar by Paul. I assume it was played on the Casino, but I'm not sure about that.

If I remember right, he played that lead with his Esquire.
 
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VaughnC

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I like the early Gretsch Country Gent/Ric325 sounds and how that worked for them. And I've often wondered if history would have been the same if they had played other brands of guitars early on. However, the amazing thing about the Beatles is that, if you listen to isolated tracks, it sounds as though there's nothing special going on...but, put everything together and there's a magic in how the combination is greater than the sum of its parts.
 

Kmaz

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I wonder, with the quality and character of some of those old guitars and amps, was it a given that you were going to sound good? Provided that you were a decent player, of course?
 

Stev0Griffin

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She's So Heavy : that "clean" tone (I think Tele into a Vox)

Octopus' Garden: intro tone (Strat neck to my ears, into Vox)

You Never Give Me Your Money: solo tone / outro progression (Casino into Vox?)
 




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