In a new (scratch that—it’s from 2016 but shared on social media … still going to write about it) Guitar World Q&A, Todd Rundgren discusses the notorious psychedelically adorned SG nicknamed “The Fool,” which had belonged to Eric Clapton. Did you know he didn’t obtain it directly from Clapton?

(I)t went through a number of hands before I got it. I think he gave it to George Harrison, and I’d heard that Paul Kossoff from Free owned it, too. I got it from Jackie Lomax, who was signed to Apple.

Does he still use it? Well … no:

I played it for decades, and I owned it until the mid-Nineties. I owed the IRS a lot of money, so I auctioned it off.

Read more at GW, including what is Rundgren’s most prized guitar.

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If you have a projected half million bucks and a lust for historic gear, the upcoming Julien’s Music Icons auction at the Manhattan Hard Rock Cafe is the sale for you. Up for grabs among other Beatles memorabilia is George Harrison’s iconic Rickenbacker 425, a guitar purchased when the band was ascendant and Harrison was visiting his sister in the U.S. This is where members of a band called The Four Vests come into the picture. From Guitar Aficionado:

When he mentioned that he wanted to buy a Rickenbacker, they took him to Fenton’s Music Store in Mount Vernon, Illinois, where he purchased the 425, serial number BH 439. Harrison paid about $400 cash for the instrument.

When he mentioned that he wanted to buy a Rickenbacker, they took him to Fenton’s Music Store in Mount Vernon, Illinois, where he purchased the 425, serial number BH 439. Harrison paid about $400 cash for the instrument. – See more at: http://www.guitaraficionado.com/george-harrison%e2%80%99s-rickenbacker-425-to-be-auctioned-off-this-week.html#sthash.8wKCMyZE.dpuf

Read more about the guitar’s history at GA.

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A one-of-a-kind Vox guitar once played by The Beatles has sold for $408,000 at auction. The custom instrument was used by George Harrison and John Lennon during the Magical Mystery Tour sessions. According to Julien’s Auctions, via Reuters:

Harrison played the instrument, distinguished by two symmetrical flared shoulders on the upper body, while practicing “I Am The Walrus,” and Lennon used it in a video session for the song “Hello, Goodbye.”

Read more and take a look at the Vox at Reuters.

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Beatles connoisseurs take note: Guitar World is running a synopsis of some of the equipment utilized in the making of Rubber Soul. The article cites usage of various Vox and Rickenbacker gear and describes the acquisition of the band’s first Fenders. As George Harrison is quoted:

I decided I’d get a Strat, and John decided he’d get one too. (Beatles roadie) Mal Evans came back with two of them, pale blue ones. Straight away we used them on the album.

Read more and listen to examples at GW.

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The iTunes store has hundreds of apps pertaining to guitar in every imaginable way. And now there’s an app relating strictly to George Harrison’s guitars. As Mojo describes it:

Featuring 360° photographs alongside audio and video footage, The Guitar Collection will allow users to get up and close and personal with this priceless collection of instruments.

Mike Campbell and Josh Homme are among the guitarists who display the late master’s instruments.

Read more and see video previews at Mojo.

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Who knows what gems exist in the master tapes of your favorite albums. Open Culture is hosting a video of legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the mixing board with his son Giles and George Harrison’s son Dhani.What are they doing? Oh, just digging through the tracks of Abbey Road. From OC:

Together, they play with the mix of “Here Comes the Sun,” and then the wondrous little moment of discovery happens. They stumble upon the long lost guitar solo that never made the final cut.

The iconic final version of the song is just fine minus the solo, but this is a great glimpse into Harrison’s and The Beatles’ creative process.

Look and listen right here.

Thanks to Mason Fann for the tip.

Esteemed director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Kundun) is reportedly working on a film about the life and times of George Harrison. No stranger to music documentaries, Scorsese was also behind The Band’s concert film, The Last Waltz and the Bob Dylan documentary, No Direction Home. About this project, the filmmaker says:

I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. This is undertaken, not casually. It’s a great deal of reticence and thinking.

Music Radar is running a complete story.

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