A rare John Lennon and George Harrison-owned fretless guitar just surfaced - and it's worth over $500,000

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Antiques Roadshow has seen its share of strange objects over the decades, but guitar geeks will surely be taken aback by one of the latest artifacts to be exhibited on the long-running series.

A prototype fretless electric guitar, manufactured by Bartell's of California in the 60s and once owned by both John Lennon and George Harrison, made an appearance on Sunday's episode of the show.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.