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John Lennon's 'Paperback Writer' Gretsch Guitar Up For Auction!

Published: Mon October 06, 2014  News Feed
Last week we told you the details about Keith Moon's 2nd Ever Drumkit Being Up For Auction, and now, an it's been announced that another even more valuable piece of rock'n'roll history will also be put under the hammer: the Gretsch 6120 guitar John Lennon played during the 'Paperback Writer' recording sessions.

John Lennon and his Gretsch 6120 DC


The guitar is one of the most obscure models ever played - according to all information available, he never took it out on tour and only played it during the recording sessions for 'Paperback Writer', the classic Beatles hit single from 1966.

A new Gretsch 6120 costs just over £2000, but Lennon's 'Paperback Writer' guitar is expected to be sold for over £600,000, perhaps even hit the £1m mark, making it one of the most valuable and prized items of Beatles memorabilia to hit the market in the past 30 years!

The guitar was given to Lennon's cousin David Birch in 1967, after he casually asked Lennon for a guitar, during a visit. Lennon then simply handed Birch this Gretsch, and he's been the sole owner ever since.

Recently, the guitar has been displayed at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the USA:



Of course, given the success of The Beatles as the Biggest Band In The World Ever, people have always been fascinated by their instruments and how to get some of the tones heard on their albums. Check some of our previous Beatles-related articles such as Beatles Effects Pedals Guide and Top 5 Beatles Guitars, for some somewhat cheaper ways to get the Beatle sound!

Safe to say that the bidder who wins Lennon's historic Gretsch 6120 won't be much inclined to use such a valuable instrument, and risk any damage! Bidding will start on 14th November.

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