Equipment

THE BEATLE’S SOUND IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THEIR MUSIC. THIS IS THE REASON WHY THE LOVES BEATLES HAVE CHOSEN TO PERFORM WITH THE SAME GEAR. EACH SONG IS INDEED PERFORMED WITH THE SAME INSTRUMENT AS THE ONE USED IN THE STUDIO DURING THE RECORDING SESSIONS. FOR THEIR ENTIRE SHOW, THE LOVE BEATLES USE TEN DIFFERENT GUITARS. IT IS AT THIS PRICE, AND IN A SAKE OF EXTREME DETAIL, THAT THE BAND MANAGERS TO RECREATE THE MAGIC OF THE SOUND OF THE 60’S.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

RICKENBACKER 325:

This is John Lennon’s favourite guitar, used in the studio and live until 1965. Bought in Hamburg in 1960, a new model known as “Miami” was offered to John during their second performance at the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find the original model, so The Love Beatles use a replica made by Rickenbacker.

GIBSON J160E:

The Beatles get two guitars of this model in 1962. We can hear it on all of their LPs until 1969. The very special sound of “I Feel Fine” is obtained with this guitar plugged in a Vox AC30. The Love Beatles are fortunate to also own two J160E guitars. One from 1962 and one from 1966.

GRETSCH 6119 TENNESSEAN:

George Harrison buys his first Gretsch (Duo Jet) in 1961. He will use this guitar until April 1963 before choosing a Country Gent then a Tennessean, with which he will play until 1967. The Love Beatles own a Country Gent replica and a Tennessean from 1967.

RICKENBACKER 360-12:

Just after their first appearance on a TV show in the United States, Rickenbacker offers George Harrison a 12 strings prototype. As soon as he is back in England, he will use it in the studio for numerous songs. It is with this guitar that we obtain the legendary sound in “A Hard Day’s Night!” The Love Beatles have of course acquired this model, which is a replica made by Rickenbacker.

HOFNER 500/1:

As an essential instrument to obtain The Beatles’ sound, this model is known as the “Violin Bass”. Paul McCartney buys his first Hofner in 1961… worth £30. In 1963, Hofner offers Paul an evolution of this instrument. Fifty years later, he still uses it on stage!
The Love Beatles own two 500/1 bass guitars. One from 1963 and a replica from 2003.

EPIPHONE TEXAN FT-79:

Bought in December 1964, this guitar is used for the first time on the Help! LP. We can more particularly hear it in “Yesterday”.
Paul McCartney still plays this guitar live and in the studio. The Love Beatles own two Texans. A recent model and a guitar from 1964.

EPIPHONE CASINO E230TD:

Following John Mayall’s advice, Paul McCartney bought the band’s first Epiphone Casino in 1964. We can hear it for the first time in “Drive My Car”. At the beginning of 1966, John and George, impressed by the sound of this instrument, both decide to also buy this model. It will be used on the Revolver LP and during the 1966 tour as the main guitar. John will use it until 1969. The Love Beatles own three Casinos. One from 1965, one from 1966 and a Signature John Lennon Revolution model.

RICKENBACKER 4001S:

The bass guitar was offered to Paul McCartney in August 1965. He played on it for the first time in “Think For Yourself”, from the Rubber Soul LP, but it’s mainly since 1966 that he decided to use it on all of The Beatles’ albums, except on Let It Be for which he preferred to come back to his Hofner. The Love Beatles use the replica made by Rickenbacker.

FRAMUS 12-STRING HOOTENANNY:

German 12 strings acoustic guitar from 1964. It’s mainly used on the Help! and Rubber Soul albums. As only a few models were made, it is very difficult to find one. The Love Beatles own an exact replica of this model. It was made especially for the band by an American stringed-instrument maker.

FENDER STRATOCASTER “ROCKY”:

Bought in 1964 and used for the first time on the Rubber Soul LP, this Stratocaster went under some changes during the summer of 1967. Totally hand-painted by George Harrison himself, it is used on the anthem of the summer of love, “All You Need Is Love”. The Love Beatles own a replica of this guitar, hand-painted too.

FENDER TELECASTER ROSEWOOD:

Offered to George Harrison by Fender in December 1968, this guitar was used during the Let It Be sessions and The Beatles’ last concert, known as “The Rooftop Concert”. The Love Beatles own a replica made by Fender Japan in the 80’s.

LUDWIG BLACK OYSTER DRUM KIT:

When Ringo Starr started to perform with The Beatles, he still had his Premier drum kit. He played with this drum kit until June 1963, when he decided to get his legendary Ludwig Black Oyster which he used for years. It’s only in 1969, for the Let It Be and Abbey Road LPs, that he used a new Ludwig Hollywood Maple kit. The Love Beatles own a Premier, a Ludwig Black Oyster and a Ludwig Hollywood Maple.

VOX AC30/VOX T60:

Used live and in the studio from 1962 to 1968, these Vox amps are associated to The Beatles and are the essential items needed to obtain this so special sound.
Various models were used during their career, but it was the Vox AC30 for the guitars and the Vox T60 for the bass guitar that remain in everyone’s memory. The Love Beatles are fortunate to own two Vox AC30 amps. One from 1962 and another one from 1963. The Vox T60 is from 1965.

THE LOVE BEATLES ARE THE ONLY FRENCH TRIBUTE BAND, AND THE ONE AMONGST A FEW IN EUROPE, TO OWN ALL THESE INSTRUMENTS THAT ALLOW TO GET AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE OF THE BEATLES’ SOUND.

COSTUMES

A VERY SPECIAL ATTENTION HAS ALSO BEEN ADDED TO THE CLOTHING RANGE. THE BEATLES MADE A REVOLUTION IN THE MUSIC UNIVERSE IN THE 60’s BUT THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN PIONEERS AS REGARDS TO FASHION AND WERE IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH THEIR TIME. EVERY LP WAS RELEASED WITH A NEW LOOK AND THINGS WERE VERY CHANGING FROM A YEAR TO THE OTHER ONE. FROM THE “ED SULLIVAN” BLACK SUIT, TO THE “SHEA STADIUM” SUIT, “PAISLEY 66” SHIRTS, “SGT PEPPERS” AND “ABBEY CROSSWALK” SUITS, THE LOVE BEATLES ARE ABLE TO PRESENT YOU A SHOW OF A MIND-BLOWING REALISM AT ALL LEVELS.

ED SULLIVAN SUIT:

This is the suit that The Beatles were wearing when they first appeared on the American TV and for their 1964 tour. The legend says that the crime rate had suddenly dropped during their TV performance!
The Love Beatles start their show wearing this suit. Yeah Yeah Yeah…

SHEA STADIUM JACKET:

For the first time in rock & roll history, on August 15th 1965, a band makes a show in a stadium. It’s in front of more than 50000 attendants going wild that The Beatles give an unforgettable concert, the first of its kind. On this occasion, they wear their very new suits that will be later called “Shea Jacket”, in reference to this fantastic concert performed at the Shea Stadium.
The Love Beatles wear this suit when they play tracks from Help! & Rubber Soul LPs.

PAISLEY SHIRT:

During 1966 spring, The Beatles start what was to be their last tour. Tired to perform in stadiums where nobody could hear them, disappointed not to be able to sing their more and more sophisticated new songs, they then decided to perform in studios only. A page has been turned.
The Love Beatles wear these shirts to perform 1966 songs.

SGT PEPPERS SUIT:

A wave of freedom invades the world in this summer of 1967!
It’s the Summer of Love… Locked themselves in their studio for a few months, in June of this same year The Beatles release the ever best pop album of all time: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Hailed by the critics of this time, it still remains a reference for the musicians and the public.
The Love Beatles wear these shirts to perform songs of the year 1967.

THE ABBEY ROAD CROSSWALK SUIT:

Although the release date of Let It Be LP is later, Abbey Road is the last Beatles’ record and foreshadows the swan song. The various personal, musical and financial tensions occurring during The White Album and Let It Be recordings will have got the better of the greatest band of all time. Nevertheless, in no time at all, The Beatles will have once more succeeded to put their disputes apart to offer us a magnificent LP. And In The End…
The Love Beatles wear these shirts to perform songs of the years 1968 and 1969.

THE LOVE BEATLES ARE THE ONLY FRENCH TRIBUTE BAND, AND THE ONE AMONGST A FEW IN EUROPE, TO CHANGE SUITS FOR EACH PERIOD OF THE BEATLES’ CAREER.