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How Jimi Hendrix Inspired Paul McCartney to Buy One of His Favorite Guitars

Paul McCartney performs with the Wings at Wembley Arena in London.
(Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images)

For obvious reasons, Paul McCartney is one of music's best interview subjects, and GQ recently caught up with the former Beatle for a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation (opens in new tab) that touched on the coronavirus, the music industry, his "Carpool Karaoke" appearance and a host of other topics.

One topic that made repeated appearances was McCartney's guitar collection. At one point, McCartney discussed how Jimi Hendrix inspired him to purchase one of his favorite guitars of all time.

“I have an Epiphone Casino, which is one of my favorites,” he said (opens in new tab). “It’s not the best guitar, but I bought it in the 1960s. I went into a shop on Charing Cross Road and asked the guys if they had a guitar that would feed back, because I was very much into Jimi Hendrix and that kind of thing.

“I loved that kind of stuff and so I wanted a guitar that was going to give me feedback, as none of the others could. So they showed me the Casino. Because it’s got a hollow body, it feeds back easier. I had a lot of fun with that. That’s the guitar I played the 'Taxman' solo on and it’s also the guitar I played the riff on 'Paperback Writer' with.”

McCartney also discussed, and showed off, some of his other favorite guitars - including a beautiful 1954 butterscotch Telecaster and a Taylor Richie Sambora acoustic - in the interview.

You can read the full interview over at gq-magazine.co.uk (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Associate Editor, GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com

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.