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Graphic show history of Paul McCartneys lost bass guitar and how to identify it
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Paul McCartney’s zoekgeraakte basgitaar (3)

By Phil Bainbridge

September 8, 2023 - The Beatle’s original 1961 bass guitar went missing in 1969, having featured in some of the most iconic moments in music history. Now the search is underway to solve one of rock ’n’ roll's great mysteries

During a four-month residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Paul McCartney took over as bass player for the Beatles after Stuart Sutcliffe quit the band. He bought the distinctive left-handed Höfner Violin Bass 500/1 from the Steinway Musikhaus for approximately £30 and went on to make music history, with the instrument featuring on such tracks as “Love Me Do”, “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout”.

After two years of near constant use during the height of Beatlemania, the band needed repairs and became backup to a new Höfner. During these repairs a number of alterations were made, including a three-part sunburst respray and the removal of a mother-of-pearl pick guard.

The ’61 bass was last sighted during the filming of the movie Get Back in 1969, and is believed to have been stolen either during the comings and goings at 3 Savile Row, or later from a lockup at the Abbey Road studios.

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PUBLISHED: 16/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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