Been listening to “Meet the Beatles” a lot lately and I love the sound of John Lennon’s rhythm guitar on the early Beatles records.
His playing and sound on “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is just phenomenal, it’s got this almost gurgling, underwater sound to it. Those two chords at the beginning, the rhythm; exhilarating. Check out the pattern he’s playing on the verses.
In this era he was playing a Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar. Perhaps more than you’ll ever need to know here.
His playing on “I Saw Her Standing There” is also remarkable. Love ‘that chord’.
While we’re at it, of course this guy was unbeatable as a rock and roll singer on their rave up covers. I mean, “Slow Down”? Absolutely ripping performance. Ow!! Ahhhhh!!!! Whoooo! bbbbbllllllbbbbb!!!
Also while we’re it, I will go on the record - the early Beatles records are WAY BETTER in MONO.
Check out the difference, here’s glorious mono:
Here’s stereo, it’s just not right:
This guy has great little primer on Lennon’s playing on youtube.com.