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Gibson Had Plans to Make a Paul McCartney Signature 1964 Epiphone Casino

Paul McCartney performs with the Wings at Wembley Arena in London.
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A few months ago, in an extensive interview with GQ, Paul McCartney revealed that he counted his beloved 1964 Epiphone Casino – a guitar that Jimi Hendrix inspired him to buy – as one of his favorite guitars of all-time.

Now, it's been revealed that Gibson – all too aware of the Beatle's connection to the guitar – contacted McCartney some years ago about making a signature version of the always-stylish hollowbody.

In a new interview with MusicRadar, Keith Smith – McCartney's technical manager –  discussed how, after some excited early talks, plans for the guitar eventually sputtered out.

“A few years ago Gibson wanted him to do a signature version of his ’64 Epiphone Casino,” Smith said. “We ummed and ahhed, and it didn’t really take off. We saw that everyone sort of has a signature model, and to Paul it didn’t really seem that important.”

It is worth noting, however, that McCartney – who just released his latest solo album, McCartney III – had previously worked with Epiphone in the early 2000s to create a signature version of his 1964 Texan acoustic.

McCartney had used the Texan during his legendary performance of "Yesterday" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965. 

Should this news kickstart a craving for any kind of Beatle-affiliated signature guitar, you can pick up one of the Fender Custom Shop's George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocasters, though it'll set you back a cool $25,000.