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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). “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.

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.