John Lennon famously played a Rickenbacker 325 during the early years of the Beatles. After damaging his custom guitar during a performance in 1964, distributor Rose-Morris sent him a replacement that was almost identical, finished in black and missing the f-hole. Rose-Morris billed their updated design The Beatle Backer and a favorite of the late musician. 

John Lennon playing a similar Rickenbacker on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1965.

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