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A 1962 Rickenbacker 425, serial number BH 439, purchased by George Harrison in September 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while on a two-week visit to see his sister, Louise.\n Harrison met a few other young musicians during his stay and told them about his interest in buying a Rickenbacker. They took him to Red Fenton?s Music Store, where Harrison looked at Fenton's selection and chose a style that he liked. The guitar he chose had a Fireglo finish, not black as Harrison preferred, so the shop owner offered to refinish it for Harrison. The color was important to Harrison so that it would match John Lennon?s similar Rickenbacker. A week later the refinish was complete and Harrison began playing the guitar.\n After Harrison?s return from the States, he used the guitar for The Beatles' first appearance on the television program Ready Steady Go ! on October 4, 1963, and on the program Thank Your Lucky Stars in December 1963. Harrison took the guitar on the band's October 1963 week-long tour of Sweden. He interchangeably used his Country Gentleman and the 425. Harrison was photographed with the guitar extensively on this tour, and the entire band was photographed posing with the guitar as well. This is purported to be the only known photograph in existence of all four Beatles holding a single guitar.\n Harrison played this guitar as The Beatles recorded ?I Want to Hold Your Hand? at Abbey Road Studios. This song, The Beatles' fifth single, gave The Beatles their break in the U.S. market. The same session produced the recording of ?This Boy.?\n John Lennon also played the guitar backstage at a performance in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 5, 1963. A photograph published in an August 1964 Beat Monthly magazine shows Lennon with this guitar.\n In the late 1960s or early 1970s, Harrison gave the guitar to George Peckham, who had a long association with Apple and especially George Harrison in multiple roles, including cutting engineer at Apple. Peckham had borrowed a guitar from Harrison for his appearance on Top of the Pops , as a rhythm guitarist in the band The Fourmost. Upon returning it, Harrison asked Peckham if he would like to keep a guitar. Harrison showed him this Rickenbacker, saying that it was a ?great rhythm player.? Prior to Packham receiving the guitar it was modified from its original state with an additional pick up added. Peckham kept the guitar in the condition he received it with no further modifications. The guitar case was given to Peckham by Slade band member Noddy Holder, who saw Peckham carrying it around without one. Holder said he couldn?t bear to see a Beatles guitar carried around without a case.\n Accompanied by copies of two letters from Harrison?s office that confirm he gave the guitar to Peckham, one from Olivia Harrison and the other from Caroline Foxwell, Harrison?s assistant. Both date from 1999. Also present is a copy of a letter from Peckham explaining the circumstances surrounding Harrison gifting him the guitar.\n LITERATURE Beatles Gear : All the Fab Four?s Instruments , From Stage to Studio ( Revised Edition ) by Andy Babiuk (San Francisco: Backbeat, 2002) pp. 94-95 George Harrison?s Rickenbacker 425 Guitar sn# BH439\n Excerpt from the upcoming revised book Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk  ~ As published at the GRAMMY Museum Beatles Exhibition 2014\n At the pace The Beatles were moving in 1963, it was time for a much-deserved break, and a brief two-week holiday was planned to begin on September 16th. It was during this time that George Harrison and his brother Peter went to the United States to visit their sister Louise who had relocated to Benton, Illinois, in the 1950s.\n During Harrison?s visit to the US his sister introduced him to a friend, local musician Gabe McCarty. McCarty says Harrison purchased his first Rickenbacker guitar during this trip, long before most Americans had even heard of The Beatles. ?I played some guitar with George a few times at his sister?s house during that visit,? McCarty recalls.\n ?George wanted to buy a Rickenbacker guitar, so I took him up to Mount Vernon, to Red Fenton?s Music Store. That was the only place around here that had a Rickenbacker franchise, and he bought a guitar that they had in stock. I think there were two or three, and he was wanting a black one. Fenton didn?t have anything but red sunburst ones in stock. That was a popular colour then. I think the reason George wanted it black was that John Lennon had a black Rickenbacker, and they would match. So Fenton told George that if he left the guitar there for a week he would have it refinished black for him.?\n A day after Harrison returned to England the Beatles were back to work. This time it was a live performance for the key British pop TV show, Ready Steady Go!. On the afternoon of October 4th the group attended a camera rehearsal in Studio Nine at Television House in London, and later that evening they performed ?Twist And Shout?, ?I?ll Get You? and ?She Loves You? for the live broadcast. Photographs taken of the rehearsal show Harrison pictured for the first time playing his new Rickenbacker 425 guitar with The Beatles.\n The group found time to return to the studio and on October 17th recorded their fifth single, ?I Want To Hold Your Hand? backed with ?This Boy?. The recordings were made on a new Studer J-37 4-track recording machine, which had just been installed at Abbey Road studios. Instruments used during the session were the same as their contemporary concert line-up. Harrison once again used his new Rickenbacker 425, Lennon his Rickenbacker 325, McCartney his new ?63 Hofner bass, and Starr his Ludwig set. With its release, ?I Want To Hold Your Hand? proved to be one of the group?s most important recordings as it was the single that broke the Beatles in the US market giving birth to Beatlemania.\n Another appearance on ABC Television?s Thank Your Lucky Stars was taped on October 20th, and Harrison once again used his Rickenbacker 425. On October 23rd the band flew to Sweden for a week-long tour. During the Swedish shows Harrison used his Country Gentleman, but played his Rickenbacker 425 almost as much. Some of the pictures taken of the group in Sweden show them posing with Harrison?s Rickenbacker, while other shots reveal Lennon playing the 425 backstage. Live photos taken at the October 29th concert show Harrison with the guitar.\n Years later Harrison gave his Rickenbacker 425 to George Peckham, a guitarist in Liverpool band The Fourmost who became a record-cutting engineer at Apple. Through the years the guitar was modified. A second pickup was added, plus associated extra controls. The inside cavity of the guitar was routed to accommodate the additional pickup, a new faceplate was made for the guitar, and the original Kluson tuners were changed to Grover Sta-Tite models.\n The modified Rickenbacker was sold at auction in September 1999 at Christie?s, and the purchaser contacted Harrison, enquiring about the guitar and its alterations. Harrison confirmed that it was indeed the guitar that he had given to Peckham ? but he did not remember making the modifications to the guitar. Peckham on the other hand said that modified Rickenbacker was the way he received the guitar from Harrison.\n EXHIBITED\n Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland: November 2000 - July 2002\n John Lennon Museum, Japan: August 2002 - September 2003\n Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland: October 2003 - August 2013\n Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona: August 2013 - January 2014\n GRAMMY Museum, Beatles Exhibition, New York City: February 2014 - May 2014\n\n
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