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GIBSON J-200

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Harrison bought his Gibson J-200 on a trip to the U.S., presumably in 1968, as that was when it first appeared on Beatles’ sessions. The guitar had a traditiona­l sunburst finish, a gold-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and Grover tuners. Harrison had the guitar in the studio during the Let It Be sessions, where Lennon frequently played it, rather than his own Gibson J-160E or stripped Martin D-28. This appears to be the guitar Lennon is using to perform “Two of Us” in the original Let It Be film. The guitar is seen only from the side, but the woods and finish rule out the J-160E and the D-28. Harrison gave the J-200 to Bob Dylan, who played it at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1969, a show attended by Lennon, Harrison and Ringo Starr, and it’s the guitar he’s holding on the cover of Nashville Skyline.

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