1959 The Beatles - John Lennon Owned Used Fender "Duo-Sonic" Guitar - Originated From Beatles Road Manager Mal Evans & Given To Tappy Wright (Incl. Tappy Wright Letter Of Provenance)
It's difficult to imagine that any significant instrument from a rock legend would be available for sale. Heck, this offering should be protected by a thick laser-alarmed piece of glass somewhere. But it's not and that is what makes it attainable for your collection. It is indeed a Fender "Duo-Sonic" guitar once owned and used by one of the Beatles, John Lennon.
Fortunately, this guitar originates from "Mal" Evans who had close access to the bespectacled crooner. Evans was best known as the road manager, assistant, and a friend of the band. In the early 1960s, he was employed as a telephone engineer and due to his tall and heavy build was a part-time bouncer at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Due to his part time gig, his acquaintance was made with the Beatles as they performed there.
Their manager Brian Epstein later hired Evans as their assistant road manger and was tasked as a body guard at times. Later, Evans contributed to many of the recordings and appeared in some of the films they made. The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but Evans carried on assisting and following the band.
Presented is a guitar brought to the United States in the mid-'60s when the Beatles were touring. John Lennon gave this guitar to his road manager, Mal Evans. At a later date, Evans traded the guitar to Tappy Wright for a Fender bass guitar with Lennon's permission. Lennon was acquainted with Tappy Wright through the industry.
If anyone had the inside access to wind up with a guitar like this it would have been Tappy Wright. If you haven't read it yet, get the book "Rock Roadie" and you will be able to read the story of Tappy's life and why he ended up with a few "souvenirs" from the '60's including many from the rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
At the time of the swap, Tappy was working in London as a personal assistantt to Mike Jefferey who was The Animals / Jimi Hendrix manager. Tappy was also the road manager of The Animals.
The cream-colored guitar with golden pickguard is a Fender Duo Sonic with the serial #32893 and it dates to 1959 according to Tappy. Overall, it shows solid use from over the years and is presented as a true piece of rock pioneer history from a top tier source. A letter of provenance from Tappy Wright will attend as authentication.
tappy Wright Rock Roadie letter
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