|July 1, 1963, outside the EMI Studios in Abbey Road|
The article goes on to provide more details: McCaw bought the mildly beat-up Gibson acoustic from a friend for $175, in a transaction at Blue Guitar shop, then located in Old Town (in San Diego). After spotting a magazine article in 2014 with a photo of George Harrison holding a similar guitar, McCaw noted Harrison’s guitar was only four serial numbers away from his Gibson, and concluded they were probably made on the same day in 1962.
“He had read that at some point between September 1962 and December 1963, they (George and John) swapped instruments for reasons unknown,” says Intravaia, “and that John’s guitar went missing after a series of December 1963 Christmas shows in London at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park.”
|John McCaw's request on a Gibson forum a few years ago proves he didn't know what he had.|
The serial numbers on the guitars are 73161 (Lennon's originally, now owned by Dhani Harrison) and 73157 (George's originally, now soon to be auctioned).