Have You Seen Paul McCartneys Lost Bass Guitar? Tips Welcome

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2023-09-04 17:00:35  • 4 mins

For decades, mystery has surrounded the fate of the missing bass that accompanied the Beatles as they rocketed to fame. Hundreds of people have responded to a new campaign to try and find it.

Before Beatlemania, there was the distinctive Hfner violin bass the first guitar that Paul McCartney bought after becoming the bassist for the Beatles.

That bass can be heard on some of the bands most famous hits, including Love Me Do, She Loves You, and Twist and Shout.

Mr. McCartney picked up the instrument in a Hamburg music store in 1961, and it accompanied the Fab Four as they rocketed to stunning success, becoming the most famous band in the world. But the guitar vanished eight years later.

A new campaign is seeking to find the missing instrument, and hundreds of people have responded, hoping to help solve the decades-old mystery: Where is Paul McCartneys missing bass guitar?

Its a hugely significant instrument in its own right, said Nick Wass, a semiretired consultant for Hfner, the guitars manufacturer, who has joined forces with two journalists to try and track the guitar down. Its the bass that made the Beatles.

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