i understood john lennon played rickenbacker in the beatles heydays
Lennon on the Rickenbacker, Harrison on the Gretsch, and McCartney on ther Vox ... They played Epiphone acoustics for the most part early on.
Lennon also did some time with a Framus. If you visit the Framus web site, you'll see some pics of John Lennon with one of their guitars.