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John Lennon: solo years
9 December 2019
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Sean posted this photograph yesterday:

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Such a surreal photo. Everyone looks so happy.

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I like how Sean looks like they've told him to imagine he's got a balloon.

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Ron Nasty said
I like how Sean looks like they've told him to imagine he's got a balloon.

  

Perhaps he was holding one and... oh that's too sad.

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JW OBoogie said

Perhaps he was holding one and... oh that's too sad.  

ah, he wouldn't be smiling if he'd lost it. As a victim of many balloon-escapades in my childhood (which wasn't as long ago as I like to think it was), I still remember how upsetting those incidents were. I'm sure it's an imaginary balloon, which is impossible to lose. a-hard-days-night-george-9

anyway, yes, that's a wonderful image. Tugs on the heartstrings, I daresay heart

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Perhaps it was an imaginary balloon that John paid an imaginary five shillings for.

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John at the Hit Factory on 7 August 1980, first day of the Double Fantasy  sessions. Warming up on his Sardonyx, first song on the agenda was I'm Stepping Out. The beginning of an exciting new adventure. Photographer was Roger Farrington.

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I saw the top posters count at 9999. Welcome to 5 digits, @Ron Nasty! You've earned it. john-lennon-salute_gif

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John at the Montagu Square flat he and Yoko lived at after John's break with Cynthia, listening to various singles while talking with art gallery owner Robert Fraser (centre) and journalist Jonathan Cott (right) from Rolling Stone; photographed by Ethan Russell on 17 September 1968:

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For anyone interested in the guitar, it's the Guild Starfire XII Custom 12-string he was presented with during the Beatles 1966 tour at the Warwick Hotel in New York by Mark Dronge, son of the company's founder, Alfred.

At Guild we had heard that the Beatles were going to conduct a press conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York. The decision that my father, myself, and Carlo Greco came to was to build one guitar for John.

We had just started making double-cutaway electric guitars and we weren't too familiar about electric guitars anyway, but we had a reputation already for our acoustic 12-strings. So we figured we should make an electric 12. We only made one because we wanted to make it special - to really pour our hearts into it. It was an absolutely spectacular guitar for the time.

We thought the guitar should be an electric, double cutaway. We would make it with the best flamed maple we could find, and the best pickups we could buy, which I believe were single-coil DeArmond 2000s. We thought the brown stain the most interesting color we produced. I do not remember if the fingerboard was ebony or dark rosewood.

GUILD STARFIRE XII CUSTOM 12-STRING
Built for John Lennon , 1966
24 ¾" scale
Electric, double cutaway
Semi-hollow body: laminated maple top and back, laminated mahogany sides
Single bound top and back
Finish: Brown/dark amber, flamed maple, nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: 3-piece, set-in mahogany & maple, black plastic headstock overlay with pearloid logo and Chesterfield inlay
Nut: Plastic
Fingerboard: Indian rosewood, 22 frets
Pick Guard: Black backed Lucite with gold trim
Bridge: Carved Rosewood on Rosewood base
Tailpiece: Guild harp style
Tuners: Waverly, open back
Pickups: Non-standard 1950's DeArmond 2000s with white covers
Controls: 2 Tone and 2 Volume controls for each pickup, Master volume control and 3-way pickup selector
Hardware: gold plated.

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