- Jul 2, 2013
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Known in Beatle-music buff circles as "the chord".
According to George Harrison himself, it was "a G with an F on top"
funny you say it, i'd say its an F with the pinky on the highest strings lol
after i have eaten, im gonna try make just that sound.
becouse when they say that after 50 years, it has only been solved just now, and just figured out that they need a bass, 2 guitars 1 drum kit and some tape to make the sound, i just dont know what they have been doing for 50-ish years..
am i blowing my horns? i hope not
I joined a forum many years ago, a 60's "British Invasion" forum. Some members here are also members of that forum, so they well know of which I speak. On that forum, the subject of "the chord" was brought up to the point of head-splitting. Countless threads, years of hashing over the same opinions, arguments, etc. Technical dissecting of the sound, the overtones, the harmonics and sub-harmonics, technique, pick, strings, ..
Comes down to this; it was an early Rickenbacker 360-12. The second one ever made. It had flatwounds; the only Beatle instrument that recorded with flatwounds were the Ric 12's of various models used by them. It was recorded through a Vox AC amp, possibly an AC 50, but could well have been the AC 30.
Rickenbacker 12 strings are unique from all other major MFG's , in that the big strings are on the top, with the octave and drone strings on the bottom. Ric toaster pickups of that era also lend their unique sound and chime.
All those things put together, along with it being "a G with an F on top", render the sound.