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Have you seen Paul McCartney's lost bass guitar? Tips welcome

By Isabella Kwai

04 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. A campaign has been launched to find Paul McCartney's missing Höfner violin bass guitar, which he bought in 1961 after becoming the bassist for the Beatles. The instrument can be heard on some of the band's most famous hits, but disappeared eight years later.

LONDON — Before Beatlemania, there was the distinctive Höfner 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 band’s most famous hits, including “Love Me Do,” “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout.”

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