“Paul wants it to be fixed up, so he can play it… He was excited as a school boy”: Paul McCartney’s long-lost Höfner violin bass has been found after 50 years

Rock and roll band "The Beatles" perform onstage at the Cavern Club on August 22, 1962.(L-R) George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon.
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Paul McCartney’s long-lost Höfner bass – labeled “the most important bass guitar in history” for its role in the Fab Four’s formative hits – has been found over 50 years after it first went missing.

The bass – which was used on early singles including Love Me Do and She Loves You – was initially believed to have been lost in January 1969 during the recording of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions chronicled in Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary. However, during investigations spearheaded by the Lost Bass Project, it’s now known to have been stolen three years later.

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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.