Most Epiphone fans have more than one House of Stathopoulo
instrument at home. And we also know you cherish the times you can bring your tools to a recording studio. Last spring we told you about Abbey Road’s efforts to create an interactive program to bring music fans into the most famous studio in the world.
Now, Abbey Road has just relaunched their Google interactive program
that allows fans to tour the legendary studio and even take a turn at mixing a session. The program will take you on an immersive trip through Studio 1 (where "Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise" was recorded), Studio 2 (where most of The Beatles albums were made) and the re-built Studio 3 (where most sessions for Revolver
were held). And even if you're just making music in your garage or bedroom, there are lots of handy recording tips to pick up along the way that will serve you well no matter where you're making your music.
PRO-1 guitar fans
will appreciate the spacious Studio 1 where most of the orchestra work for films like Star Wars
, the Harry Potter
series, and Raiders of the Lost Ark
were recorded. Studio 2 has been called one of the greatest rock and roll studios ever built for its unique tonal qualities. And besides The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Zombies, Paul Weller, and Oasis, Studio 2 has also seen a fair share of jazz sessions (including Ella Fitzgerald) and was even a rehearsal space for the Motown review in the mid 60s during their first trip to London.
Check out the videos below of Paul McCartney’s star-studded "Queenie Eye" filmed in Studio 2 at Abbey Road as well as McCartney's step by step tutorial of his multi-tracking process. If you fast forward to about mid-way through the video, you'll catch a glimpse of McCartney's classic 1964 Epiphone Texan
that he used for recording "Yesterday" and "I've Just Seen A Face." Read more about the history of the Epiphone Texan here
. And be sure to check out our interview with Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear
, which goes into detail about how Mr. McCartney discovered the Epiphone Casino and Texan which shipped from the Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan to London over 54 years ago. We've also included a clip of The Beatles first engineer, Norman Smith, in action with The Swinging Blue Jeans.
“McCartney bought his Casino and Texan right in London,
" Babiuk told Epiphone. "John Mayall told me that the pubs in England would close at 11pm so if you wanted to continue drinking, you had to go to somebody's house. Mayall lived in Central London and had a great blues record collection and a lot of his musician friends would go to his flat to listen. He said McCartney was hanging out with him quite a bit in late 1964 and asking how he got all the sounds on these blues records—B.B. King and guys like that. And Mayall told him you gotta get a hollowbody electric guitar. Now at the time in late 1964, McCartney could have called The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and said: 'You know Brian, I want to get a hollowbody electric, can you get me a left handed one? Can you call Gibson or Epiphone in the United States and get me a lefty?' And I would have to say that both Epiphone or Gibson would have bended over backwards in getting him a lefty. But Paul didn't care—he just wanted to shop and went out and bought them.”