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kool George story

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Detailed account of George's trip to Illinois in 1963. One factually inaccuracy where it states he got the Rick 425 to match Lennon's 425 when of course it was a 325. Also states the 425 was used on I want to hold your hand... (?)

Still some fun detail here for George people, like me. Also note Fender reverb unit in one pix.

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Very cool! I can't tell you how many times I've camped out at Garden of the Gods in Illinois. It's just an hour or so from home and a very cool place to see.

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It is generally agree upon by Beatle geeks that the 425 was indeed used on I Want to Hold Your Hand.

The quibble I have is with the claim that he paid $400 and could have gotten it for half that back home. First of all, he probably couldn't have gotten a 425 at all in England, and if he found one, it would certainly cost a lot more than it did in Illinois. Secondly, $400 would have been an absurd amount for a 425. I don't know what it listed for in 1963, but the oldest price list I have is from 1971 and even then it was only $239.

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Yep, nice piece. I'd heard of the visit many times, it's nice to get some detail.

It's odd that the Smithsonian would permit the factual errors in the guitar specs; I'm surprised they wouldn't have run a Beatle story by a Beatle nerd. It doesn't even take the deepest depths of nerdery to catch the guitar error.

Hard times in journalism.

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Great story, guitar inaccuracies notwithstanding. I remember seeing copies of Louise' album in the early '70's.

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It is generally agree upon by Beatle geeks that the 425 was indeed used on I Want to Hold Your Hand.

The quibble I have is with the claim that he paid $400 and could have gotten it for half that back home. First of all, he probably couldn't have gotten a 425 at all in England, and if he found one, it would certainly cost a lot more than it did in Illinois. Secondly, $400 would have been an absurd amount for a 425. I don't know what it listed for in 1963, but the oldest price list I have is from 1971 and even then it was only $239.

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You could be right on all counts. At some point he had the 425 changed to 2 pickups I think pix show.

I am sure memories by those still around could be hazy on details.

Hey if the 950 (my current Rick crush) shows up in the 71 price list, what was its price. .

Gonna lay off that LP Jr. 3/4 and hold out for a 950

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The guy out of The Four Vests ,Kenny Welch also played a 1962 Fireglo 360 O.S. 6 string Rick ,that George tried to buy.

Here's a pic taken from the book by Jim Kirkpatrick: "Before He Was Fab, George Harrison's First American Visit"

http://www.rickresource.com...

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I liked the article. Thanks for posting.


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