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Monday, 16 November 2009

Kenwood etc: the Ramirez guitar.

In the period immediately following completion of the White Album, John was rarely to be seen without the above guitar. Henry The Horse comments that this was actually George's Ramirez, the very one he had played on several earlier Beatles songs such as And I Love Her:

He's made the interesting suggestion that John may have swapped this with George for the Fool-painted piano. There certainly seems to be a "my new favourite guitar" sniff (if I can put it like that) to the various photos of John with the instrument during the latter part of 1968 - and, as we have seen, the sunroom piano disappears around this time only to then turn up at George's house. It's a nice idea, Henry, and may even be true.
(Pure idle speculation, o' course...of exactly the type this blog tends to wallow in.)


  1. All power to idle speculation!! :-)

    This was the period after India where John was mad for finger picking, this sure was the right guitar for it.


  2. Hi,

    I'm from Spain. I made a reserach about George Harrison's Ramírez guitar and give a conference about it at Ramírez guitar shop in Madrid last may. This photos of John with the guitar are very interesting indded. BTW: this guitar was purchased at Ramírez guitar shop in Madrid in May 1963 by Klaus Voormann.

    Please: do contact me if you need more info or if you get more pictures of this guitar (=xcgandara at edu.xunta.es )