John McVie’s iconic ‘Rumours’ bass to go under the hammer in star-studded Fleetwood Mac auction

Singer Stevie Nicks and bass player John McVie of the rock group "Fleetwood Mac" perform onstage in May 1977 in Oakland, California
(Image credit: Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

A collection of Fleetwood Mac memorabilia is expected to fetch thousands when it goes under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Fleetwood Mac: Property from the Lives and Careers of Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood is a two day auction, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit MusiCares, a leading music industry charity.

One of the most prized offerings is a custom Alembic Series I bass used by John McVie on ‘The Chain,’ and several other tracks from the Rumours album. 

John McVie's Alembic Series I

John McVie’s custom Alembic Series I with a ‘continuously fretted’ stainless steel fingerboard. (Image credit: Julien's Auction)

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.