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Beatle Instruments

           
           
           
           
     
           
Period Lennon McCartney Harrison Best/Starr+  
July 1961–November 1961 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Delicia   Futurama Best’s Premier drumkit  
Fender Deluxe amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Gretsch   Duo Jet  
    Gibson Les Paul   GA-40 amplifier  
       
November 1961–July 1962 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Duo Jet Best’s Premier drumkit  
Fender Deluxe amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Gibson Les Paul   GA-40 amplifier  
  'Coffin'   speaker rig    
       
July 1962–September 1962 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Duo Jet Best’s   Premier drumkit (July-August)  
Vox AC-15   amplifier Quad II   amplifier Vox AC-30   amplifier Starr's Premier   drumkit (August-September)  
  'Coffin'   speaker rig      
         
September 1962–April 1963 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Duo Jet Starr's Premier drumkit  
Gibson J-160E Quad II   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-15 amplifier 'Coffin'   speaker rig Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
Apr-63 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Duo Jet Starr's Premier drumkit  
Gibson J-160E Vox T-60   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-15 amplifier   Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
April 1963–June 1963 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Duo Jet Starr's 1st Ludwig drumkit with 1st drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox T-60   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-15 amplifier   Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
April 1963–June 1963 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Country Gentleman Starr's 1st Ludwig drumkit with 1st drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox T-60   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-15 amplifier   Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
June 1963–September 1963 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1961   Hofner Violin bass Gretsch   Country Gentleman Starr's 1st Ludwig drumkit with 1st drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox AC30 bass   head Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-30 amplifier Vox T-60   cabinet Maton   Mastersound MS-500 (July-August only)  
    new Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
October 1963–December 1963 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 1st Ludwig drumkit with 1st drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox AC30 bass   head Rickenbacker   425  
Vox AC-30 amplifier Vox T-60   cabinet Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-30   amplifier  
       
December 1963–January 1964 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretch Country Gentleman Starr's 1st Ludwig drumkit with 1st drop T logo   drumhead  
Vox AC-50 amplifier Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
    Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-50   amplifier  
       
Feb-64 1958   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 2nd Ludwig drumkit with 2nd drop T logo   drumhead  
1964 Rickenbacker 325 Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
Vox AC-50 amplifier   1963 Rickenbacker 360/12  
    Gibson J-160E  
    Ramirez   classical (studio only)  
    Vox AC-50   amplifier  
       
February 1964–April 1964 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 2nd Ludwig drumkit with 3rd drop T logo   drumhead  
Vox AC-50 amplifier Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
    1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
    Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-50   amplifier  
       
May 1964–July 1964 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretch Country Gentleman Starr's 3rd Ludwig drumkit with 4th drop T logo   drumhead  
1964 Rickenbacker 325-12 Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
Vox AC-50 amplifier   1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
    Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-50   amplifier  
       
Jul-64 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretch Country Gentleman Starr's 3rd Ludwig drumkit with 4th drop T logo   drumhead  
1964 Rickenbacker 325-12 Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
new Vox AC-50 amplifier   1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
    Gibson J-160E  
    new Vox AC-50   amplifier  
       
August 1964–December 1964 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Grestch Country Gentleman Starr's 3rd Ludwig drumkit with 4th drop T logo   drumhead  
1964 Rickenbacker 325-12 Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gretsch   Tennessean  
new Gibson J-160E   1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Vox AC-100 amplifier   Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-100   amplifier  
       
December 1964–January 1965 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 3rd Ludwig drumkit with 4th drop T logo   drumhead  
1964 Rickenbacker 325-12 Epiphone   Casino ES-230TD (studio only) Gretsch   Tennessean  
Gibson J-160E Epiphone   Texan FT-79 1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Vox AC-100 amplifier Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
    Vox AC-100   amplifier  
       
January 1965–August 1965 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretch Country Gentleman Starr's 3rd Ludwig drumkit with 4th drop T logo   drumhead  
1961 Fender Stratocaster (studio only) Epiphone Casino   ES-230TD (studio only) Gretsch   Tennessean  
Framus   Hootenanny 5/024 12-string (studio only) Epiphone Texan   FT-79 1963   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Gibson J-160E Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox AC-100 amplifier   Vox AC-100   amplifier  
       
August 1965–September 1965 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 4th Ludwig drumkit with 5th drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Epiphone Texan   FT-79 Gretsch   Tennessean  
Vox AC-100 amplifier Vox AC100 bass   amplifier Vox AC-100   amplifier  
       
October 1965–March 1966 1964   Rickenbacker 325 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 2nd   Gretsch Country Gentleman Starr's 4th Ludwig drumkit with 5th drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Rickenbacker   4001S bass (studio only) Gibson ES-345  
Vox AC-100 amplifier Fender Bassman   amplifier 1965   Rickenbacker 360/12  
    Vox AC-100   amplifier  
       
April 1966–June 1966 Epiphone   Casino 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass 1961   Fender Stratocaster Starr's 4th Ludwig drumkit with 5th drop T logo   drumhead  
Gretsch 6120 (studio only) Rickenbacker   4001S bass (studio only) Epiphone Casino  
Gibson J-160E Epiphone Casino   ES-230TD (studio only) 1965   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Vox AC-100 amplifier Fender Bassman   amplifier 1964 Gibson SG   Standard  
Fender Showman amplifier Vox 4120   amplifier Gibson J-160E  
Vox 7120 amplifier   Vox AC-100   amplifier  
    Fender Showman   amplifier  
    Vox 7120   amplifier  
       
June 1966–July 1966 Epiphone   Casino 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass Epiphone   Casino Starr's 4th Ludwig drumkit with 5th drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox 4120   amplifier 1965   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Vox 7120 amplifier   1964 Gibson SG   Standard  
    Vox 7120   amplifier  
       
Aug-66 Epiphone   Casino 1963   Hofner 500/1 bass Epiphone   Casino Starr's 4th Ludwig drumkit with 5th drop T logo   drumhead  
Gibson J-160E Vox Super   Beatle amplifier 1965   Rickenbacker 360/12  
Vox Super Beatle amplifier   1964 Gibson SG   Standard  
    Vox Super   Beatle amplifier  
       
           
+ Ringo   Starr replaced Pete Best in August 1962        
           
         
           
Period Lennon McCartney Harrison Sutcliffe/Newby+ Moore/Chapman/Best++
January 1960–June 1960 Hofner Club 40 Zenith   Model 17 Delicia Futurama Hofner 333 bass Moore’s drums
Elpico amplifier
 
June 1960 Hofner Club 40 drums Delicia   Futurama Hofner 333 bass -
Selmer Truvoice Stadium amplifier
 
July 1960 Hofner Club 40 Rosetti   Solid 7 Delicia   Futurama Hofner 333 bass Chapman's drums
Elpico amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier
   
August–October 1960 Hofner Club 40 Rosetti   Solid 7 Delicia   Futurama Hofner   333 bass Best's Premier drums
Elpico amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Watkins   Westminster amplifier
     
October–November 1960 1958   Rickenbacker Capri 325 Rosetti   Solid 7 Delicia   Futurama Hofner   333 bass Best's Premier drums
Fender Deluxe amplifier Hofner Club 40 Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Gibson Les Paul   GA-40 amplifier
  Elpico   amplifier    
       
December 1960 1958   Rickenbacker Capri 325 Rosetti   Solid 7 Delicia   Futurama bass (Chas Newby) Best's Premier drums
Fender Deluxe amplifier Hofner Club 40 Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier
  Elpico   amplifier  
     
December 1960–April 1961 1958   Rickenbacker Capri 325 Rosetti   Solid 7 Delicia   Futurama Hofner   333 bass Best's Premier drums
Fender Deluxe amplifier Elpico   amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Gibson Les Paul   GA-40 amplifier
       
December 1960–April 1961 1958   Rickenbacker Capri 325 piano Delicia   Futurama Hofner   333 bass Best's Premier drums
Fender Deluxe amplifier Selmer Truvoice   Stadium amplifier Gibson Les Paul   GA-40 amplifier