AKG From capturing Ringo’s drum sounds with the C-12 microphone in the studio, to the unique vocal microphones used in the famed rooftop concert, AKG has been a part of many Beatles recordings. AKG is proud to be a part of The Beatles: Rock Band and the continuing legacy of The Beatles.


C.F. Martin John Lennon and Paul McCartney acquired two right-handed D-28 C. F. Martin Dreadnoughts made in 1965. Paul being left-handed played his D-28 upside down. These guitars are listed as instruments used in the both songwriting and recording of subsequent legendary Beatles’ albums: Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. They were also key songwriting tools on their famous journey to Rishikesh, India.

C.F. Martin

Desires Hotels A unique collection of independent modern boutique hotels, wants you to experience the Beatles' music and legacy like never before when you book a stay at any of our hotels. You'll receive a free The Beatles™: Rock Band™ game where you can pick up a guitar, bass, microphone or drums (sold separately) and experience The Beatles' extraordinary catalogue of music through game play that takes players on a journey through the evolution of the band's legendary career. Desires Hotels is offering 3 exclusive packages to let you experience the magic of The Beatles™: Rock Band™. You'll also have the chance to join in The Beatles™: Rock Band™ Happy Hour at participating Desires Hotels.

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Fender & Gretsch A defined shift occurred during The Beatles’ career in the band’s use of Gretsch guitars and Fender gear. Gretsch guitars were very important in the early years — George Harrison played Duo Jet™, Tennessean, and Country Gentleman® models often in the 1961-1965 era, and John Lennon was seen with a 6120 model at the April 1966 session for “Paperback Writer.” For the second half of the band’s existence, the 1965-1970 era, the band gradually used more and more Fender gear – amps in particular, but also Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Fender IV six-string bass, and Jazz Bass® guitars. The Beatles also used a Fender solid-state PA system during their famous “rooftop concert” of Jan. 30, 1969. Fender and Gretsch are extremely proud of their association with the career and legacy of The Beatles and pleased to be involved with The Beatles: Rock Band game, with gear featured throughout the game as well as the new Gretsch® Duo Jet™ replica controller.

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Framus Framus takes great pride in their small part in a huge cultural phenomenon: The Beatles. When John Lennon picked up his Framus Hootenany 12 string acoustic for the film and album HELP, he began a new path for acoustic guitars in pop music.


Gibson In August of 1968, Eric Clapton gifted George Harrison with a 1957 Les Paul Standard which had been refinished from the original gold to a translucent red finish. Harrison immediately dubbed his new crimson Les Paul “Lucy” and went on to play it extensively during the recordings of The White Album & Abbey Road. That’s “Lucy” wailing on the middle of the trio of brief guitar solos in “The End.” That’s also “Lucy&rdquo in the hands of Eric Clapton on “As My Guitar Gently Weeps.” All three Beatles guitarists have had intimate relationships with Gibson and Epiphone instruments, from the Gibson J 160 Es and Epiphone Casinos of their earliest days through George’s early ’60s SG and Paul’s original 1960 Les Paul in their later work. Gibson Guitar is honored to be part of The Beatles legacy, now and into the future.


Hammond “Let It Be” is often considered to be as much a hymn as a pop song. The sound of the Hammond Organ was a potent ingredient in Sir Paul McCartney’s classic and the soulful, majestic sound was often in the palette of The Beatles tonal kaleidoscope. We at Hammond salute The Beatles.


Höfner The warm and woody sound of the Höfner Beatle bass can be heard throughout much of The Beatles’ catalog. Both the distinct violin appearance and the sound of the Höfner bass are instantly associated to and linked with Sir Paul McCartney. Höfner is proud to be a part of The Beatles famous sound and musical history.


Ludwig William “The Chief” Ludwig II thought these “Beatles” were just another rock & roll act, but his attitude quickly changed following the legendary “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance. Ludwig was overwhelmed with demand for “The Ringo Kit” after the legendary performance. In the years that followed Beatlemania, The Chief often referred to Ludwig as “The House That Ringo Built,” a sentiment that we carry with us to this day. As 2009 marks the 100th Anniversary of our company’s founding, we at the Ludwig Drum Co. could not be more excited about our involvement with The Beatles: Rock Band. The pride we feel in our heritage, as well as Ringo Starr’s contributions to it, can be seen and heard in every drum we make. The gear represented in the game was painstakingly recreated, checked for historical accuracy, and flawlessly executed by the team at Harmonix.


Jose RamirezGeorge Harrison discovered Andres Segovia and he fell in love with the possibilities of the classical guitar. There are several photos in which you can see George practicing with his Ramirez guitar, positioning his hands like a classical guitar player. This Ramirez guitar was bought by Klaus Voormann in 1963 at the Ramirez shop in Madrid. George immediately took to the guitar, fascinated with its sound, quality, and possibilities. George’s classical playing can be heard in “And I Love Her.”

Jose Ramirez

Rickenbacker Rickenbacker is the oldest American electric guitar company and holds the patent for inventing the electric guitar in 1931. Certainly such signature sounds as the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night,” the chug of John Lennon’s guitar on “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and Sir Paul McCartney’s soupy bass part on “Come Together” wouldn’t be the same without the unique sounds of The Beatles’ Rickenbacker instruments. Today, Rickenbacker is perhaps best known for its electric bass guitars, and is considered by many to be the industry standard for the electric 12-string guitar. Modern as well as classic stylists continue to enjoy the distinctive tones of Rickenbackers.


Sennheiser/Neumann Georg Neumann GmbH has been creating some of the most sought after microphones in the audio industry since 1928. Combining vintage Neumann microphones (such as the legendary U 47) with the incredible talent of The Beatles, created a signature sound that is still recognized today. Neumann considers our ties to The Beatles recordings to be one of the proudest moments in our history and we're thrilled to continue that relationship in the best Rock Band release to date!


Steinway & Sons The 1905 Model K-52 upright Steinway piano found at Abbey Road Studios, affectionately nicknamed “Mrs. Mills,” was used for several Beatles recordings. The piano was initially adapted and used by two early 1960s British pop artists, Russ Conway and Mrs. Gladys Mills, both of whom achieved some success on the charts. Originally named the “Russ Conway” piano, as he was responsible for altering the instrument to produce the sound of a “pub” or “beer hall” piano for one of his recordings, the piano’s hammers were hardened and one string of each note was deliberately calibrated out of tune. Mrs. Mills used the piano in that condition for many of her recordings, thus the distinctive tone of the instrument became part of her signature sound. Since then, the piano has been known as “Mrs. Mills” around Abbey Road Studios.

The “Mrs. Mills” piano can be heard on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper sessions, especially the final chord of “A Day in the Life,” as well as the track “You Like Me Too Much” from Beatles VI, recorded in 1965. Written by George Harrison, about his then-girlfriend Patti Boyd, the intro features Paul McCartney and George Martin playing a four-hand Boogie Woogie riff on the piano. Most often, The Beatles ran the Steinway through a Hammond B-3’s rotating Leslie speaker. “Mrs. Mills” can also be heard in “Lady Madonna” with Paul McCartney at the keyboard.

Steinway & Sons

Vox The Beatles revolutionized the way music was made and how it sounded, and they continue to influence musicians to this day. A large part of their unique guitar sound came from the signature tones of their VOX amplifiers. In the mid-1960s, VOX Amplification followed The Beatles to the U.S. on tour and on their hit records. The rest, as they say, is history!


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