A History Of John Lennon’s Guitar Collection From 1957 To 1980

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This Will Make You Envy His Collection

More than a Beatle, John Lennon is widely known as a prolific songwriter and an excellent multi-instrumentalist. He favored the guitar and piano but he could also play the drums, banjo, and harmonica to name a few. Over the years, he has owned and played several guitars during their recording sessions and live shows. He had mad rhythm guitar skills but unfortunately, it’s almost always being overlooked.

From the fills to the riffs, he contributed so much more to The Beatles than just lyrics and vocals. He wasn’t as flashy as others but he could his own against other iconic axeslingers.

“The best stuff usually comes out on impulse. Or inspiration. And I hardly have to think about it. But I am always writing. In the back of my head, or if somebody says something, I’m storing it away — a line, or an idea. There is never a moment when I’m not writing, almost.” – John Lennon


Interestingly, his 1962 Gibson Acoustic guitar went missing for almost half a century and it resurfaced in a junk shop! John lost it during the Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show and it’s one of his favorite guitars. It was auctioned off in 2015 and fetched for over $2 million!

“My playing has probably improved a little bit on this session because I’ve been playing a little. I was always the rhythm guy anyway, but I always just fiddled about in the background, I didn’t actually want to play rhythm.” – John Lennon

During his time with The Fab Four and even on his solo shows, he was photographed carrying several guitars. One example is his 1965 Epiphone E230TD Casino guitar sanded which he used during their famous impromptu rooftop concert AND his 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar which is what he performed with for their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

He sure had a guitar collection any rock ‘n roll fan would drool over.