26 Spiritwalker 3 years ago Please Please Me is the very specific sound I got every day at home playing '50 gretsches ! IMHO 90% it was the neck jet pickup ! But (besides our ears) there is much evidence (out-takes, stereo mixes, in studio photographs...) compiled by insanely hardcore Beatle fanatics that indicate it was George playing his Gibson J-160 on the "Please Please Me" song. And remember the acoustic J-160 is not just an acoustic guitar. George was playing it plugged in -- a very rock sound from that guitar. Most people don't realize that the iconic classic rocker "Twist And Shout" was actually recorded using those acoustic guitars (plugged in). Those J-160s plugged in can be ripping electric guitars.