Real love.

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24 Responses to “Real love.”

  1. mcarp555 says:

    I always wonder, with film crews and photographers following their every move, why the Fabs take pictures of each other. Still, these sessions must have been something. Oh to be a fly on that wall!

  2. Oh to have all that raw footage. 😍

  3. Lizzie says:

    mcarp555, it must be because most of the photos people took of them would take ages for them to see, if they ever did see them.

  4. henry_the_horse says:

    The headstock of Harrison’s 1962 Gibson J-160E is showing behind him, to the far right. I did not know that the Jumbo was played in “Real Love”.

  5. mcarp555 says:

    If that is the J-160E, being there doesn’t automatically mean it was used. He seems to be playing a Martin when you see him with an acoustic in the video.

    I’d like to say that John was playing it, since you see him with the guitar at 3:30.

  6. henry_the_horse says:

    Well, he drove from Henley-on-Thames to East Sussex with the guitar. Why would he bring it along had he not intended to play it on the recording then?

  7. henry_the_horse says:

    McCartney’s Gibsons at that time were two left handed Les Pauls, a ES-5 Switchmaster, an L-5 and a J-180 Everly Brothers.

  8. Kwai Chang says:

    Thank you, henry_the_horse!
    It’s starting out to be a great weekend!
    KC

  9. mcarp555 says:

    *If* it is his J-160E, it’s not uncommon to try an instrument on a track and then change your mind. The Beatles did it all the time. I do it when I record. Remember, it may not be his Gibson at all.

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    I know. I am a producer and session player myself. The only other Harrison guitar with that kind of headstock would be his red block fretmarkers ES-335.
    Being a gearhead, it is not unlikely that Harrison brought some of his Beatles guitars along to include them in the recording. After all, McCartney was also proud of his Abbey Road keyboard collection and orchestral tubular bells and did include them all in Off the Ground.

  11. mcarp555 says:

    Or it could even be Rusty’s 335.

  12. Nick D. says:

    I love it when you boys play rough!

  13. mcarp555 says:

    Or it could be Paul’s Gibson J-180 “Everly Brother” guitar, or even the ’60 Les Paul (and that could be a reflection from the control room window instead of the inlay). The point is that without a better look, it’s going to difficult to say for sure. It could be one of several different guitars.

  14. henry_the_horse says:

    The J-180 has white star inlay on the headstock.
    Both, the lefty Les Paul ’60 sunburst and the lefty Les Paul goldtop lack the crown inlay on the headstock.
    The J-200 has the crown inlay but also has binding all around the headstock.

  15. henry_the_horse says:

    Anderson did not play with McCartney until 2002.

  16. mcarp555 says:

    Henry, after staring at this picture long and hard, I’m not entirely convinced the guitar we’re talking about has an inlay at all. I’m strongly thinking it’s a reflection of the control room glass, like we observe elsewhere in the image (such as Paul’s vest, the music on the stand, and George’s trousers). It may just be coincidence that it appear in the center of the headstock. If the bright white spot we see is not an inlay, then it’s probably not the J-160E.

    Which takes us back to one of the others, such as the Les Paul.

  17. henry_the_horse says:

    Check the white spot reflexions. The pattern is always in a straight line. This inlay breaks the geometric pattern. And, this snapshot comes is a frame from the “Real Love” video. You can watch it in HD on the Beatles VEVO channel.

  18. mcarp555 says:

    Yes, I’ve watched the HD video. You can see that the white spot on the headstock is off-center. Since the reflections are of equipment in the control room, it does not mean all the lights have to be in straight lines. It clearly seems to be a Gibson guitar of some sort, but there’s just not enough evidence that it’s a J-160E. In fact I’m reasonably certain it’s not. You may disagree, but until there’s absolute proof, I’d prefer to err on the side of caution. Gibson, yes. 160? Ehh….

  19. Tammy says:

    See, this is why I go to the trouble, this is why I keep the blog, I love discussion, I love pouring over details and fine details.

  20. Kwai Chang says:

    @Tammy…
    I thought it was just to help me cope…
    thanks anyway!
    KC

  21. DaveO says:

    I want to see the video from Ringo’s & Barbara’s wedding in 1981. In one photo published in LIFE magazine someone is holding a giant video camera, filming the Threetles jam. I’ve never heard anyone mention this before. That would be awesome to see (and hear). -Dave

  22. DaveO says:

    …the photo where Paul’s at the piano. That looks like a big video camera over Paul’s left shoulder. I think it is anyway.

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