The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction June 2023
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Gorgeous right-handed sunburst-finish Höfner bass guitar with pearlized pickguard

Signed by Paul McCartney in black felt tip pen, with McCartney adding a doodle face on the bass

In 1961, the Beatles’ original bass player, Stuart Sutcliffe (who had used a Höfner bass), left the band to resume his art studies. The Beatles were without a bass player—and so the search began for a replacement. Paul McCartney, who was playing rhythm guitar and piano at the time—was designated by the band to replace Sutcliffe. In the British vernacular of the day, McCartney found himself “lumbered” with the job. Sutcliffe initially lent his Höfner bass to McCartney, who had seen another guitarist in Hamburg using a violin-shaped bass. When he saw a similar instrument in the window of a Hamburg music store, he investigated.

Because of the instrument’s unique symmetrical appearance, McCartney could play left-handed without the bass “looking daft,” as he put it. It was lightweight and easy to play melodic bass lines on, yet projected a deep, warm tone. McCartney bought the bass he saw in the window, and used it for years both in live performance and on recordings. While McCartney fell into the role of bass, there is no doubt that his instrument of choice—the Hofner bass—became one of the most recognizable symbols of Beatlemania. The autographed Hofner bass offered here would undoubtedly be a centerpiece for any music collection!

Condition: Excellent

Authentication: Roger Epperson (REAL) Letter of Authenticity and a Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity
Paul McCartney Signed Hofner Bass with Incredible Drawing (REAL)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $10,000
Final Bid: $24,000
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Number of Bids:11
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