The Beatles -- ‘You Cant Do That’

You Can’t Do That (2.37)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, twelve-string guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, bongos, cowbell;

Ringo recording at EMIRingo at EMI Studios – 25 Feb ’64Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

This was the first time that George committed his 12-string to tape. A 12-string allows for a much richer sound because the usual six strings are all doubled-up, with the second one an octave higher than the first (apart from the first pair, which are identical). George’s was specially made to have the pairs switched around, so he hit the normal string before the higher one.

With George on his 12-string, John was free to play lead on his new Rickenbacker. “I find it a drag to play rhythm guitar all the time,” he explained. “It drives me potty to play chunk-chunk rhythm all the time. I never play anything that George couldn’t do better, but I like playing lead sometimes.”

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