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Old 23rd April 2014
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Originally Posted by FuriousHeard View Post
I'm probably alone on this, but most of my favorite recorded Beatles guitar tones come from Beatles For Sale and Help! with a bit of Rubber Soul and some Revolver. A couple of months ago I was doing some research and found out that basically every one of my favorite Beatles guitar recordings comes from the Gretsch Tenessean and the Epiphone Casino. There's some kind of hollow, airy --- indescribably unique tone to those guitars that I just love. Anyway, I bought a Lennon Inspired Casino (the Gretsch Tenessean was WAY too expensive for me). I love the guitar - it's AWESOME - I highly recommend it.
But as always, there's room for improvement; I'm playing on a Fender Blues Deluxe. I'm not crazy about the amp but with some mods and over-priced pedals I can now get close to the sound of those old Beatles recordings. My biggest problem is that the amp by nature is just always beefier than I want it to be (even with bass tone set to 0) and in contrast the amp has barely any upper mids at all. I have to use an extra pedal to bring them out. And with that comes my problem: the airy, violin-like qualities of this guitar seem to get swamped in other frequencies. The tone that I bought this guitar for exists probably somewhere in the mid to upper-mid range, the very frequency range that this amp sucks at. Basically what I'm asking is: what guitar amp would help bring out those qualities the most? Immediately, I thought of Vox amps, but then I was told that Fender amps were being brought into the Beatles sessions as early as 1964??? Secondly, I was told that modern Vox AC-15's and AC-30's are crap compared to the ones that the Beatles had. I have never played a 60's Vox and probably never will so I don't know how they stack up. My local music store's selection is not great, they don't even have Vox amps. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Here's the sound I'm talking about (what amp would YOU buy to get close?):
Drive My Car - Paul's solo (about 1:05 into the song)
Another Girl - Paul's lead guitar riffs throughout
Honey Don't - lead guitar throughout
Baby's in Black - lead guitar throughout

And for the rest of you ELITE Beatles obsessed, here's some more:
I Feel Fine - Lead intro
And Your Bird Can Sing - Harmonizing lead riff
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - Lead Guitar Throughout
Drive My Car- Solo is George. It's his new strat which he later painted and called Rocky. Probably through a Fender. They weren't using a lot of Vox stuff on Rubber Soul. George and John both got matching sonic blue Strats. Here's a pic of them each around Rubber Soul

Another Girl- Was McCartney. It was his Epiphone Casino through either an AC30 or AC100.

Honey Don't - Is not McCartney whatsoever. It's Harrison with a Tennessean through an AC100.

Baby's In Black- Same as Honey Don't. Tennessean through AC100. Almost that whole record is the same for George.

I Feel Fine- Lennon's Gibson J160E through an AC100. Hence the feedback at the top. He left his Gibson acoustic leaned up against the AC100 and the feedback happened. So they decided to recreate it and put it at the top of the song.

And Your Bird Can Sing: George and Paul playing one part each. Together. George was either Gibson SG or Epiphone Casino. McCartney was playing his Casino. Amp could have been anything. They had Vox Solid State amps with tube output. They also had a lot of Fender amps around. A 64 Bassman as well as a Showman. Here's a pic of them rehearsing. You can see the said Vox amp, UL730. Harrison had a Burns bass too but there's no evidence it made it onto any recording.

This information is well documented and in several books and has been for years. Do yourself a favor and go buy Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk. It explains all of these situations.

Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio (Book): Andy Babiuk: 0884088473730: Books