The Beatles' Custom-Built Vox Guitar Going Up for Auction in May

A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison is hitting the auction block in May. The guitar, a custom-built Vox, is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000, according to Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions.

The guitar, the centerpiece of Julien's "Music Icons" auction, was played by Lennon and Harrison during the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour period in 1967. Harrison used it to rehearse his part on "I Am the Walrus," and Lennon supposedly played the guitar while recording a video session for "Hello, Goodbye" (although he's certainly not playing the Vox in the famous promotional video for "Hello, Goodbye," which you can see here).

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.