George Harrison – 1963 Maton Mastersound MS-500 electric guitar stage-played with The Beatles, made in Australia, natural flame maple finish, sunburst maple back, bound Back Bean 22 fret fingerboard, black scratchplate, two pickups, two volume and two tone knobs, three-way selector switch and Bigsby vibrato

*In the summer of 1963 George Harrison’s Gretsch Country Gentleman was experiencing problems and was taken to Barratts in Manchester to be repaired. Whilst repairs were made, shop owner Brian Higham gave the Maton to Neil Aspinall for Harrison to use. This was around the time that The Beatles appeared at The Odeon in Machester, 30th May 1963. The Country Gent was returned the same day, however, Harrison kept the Maton and played it in concert on the 8th-13th July at The Winter Gardens in Margate, 2nd August at The Grafton Rooms in Liverpool, 3rd August at a photo call at The Cavern Club in Liverpool (significantly The Beatles last performance at The Cavern Club) and 6th-10th August at Candie Gardens, Guernsey. After the Maton was returned to Barratts, Dave Berry and The Cruisers guitarist Roy Barber swapped it for his Fender Stratocaster. He was told that the guitar was The Maton used by Harrison. Barber used the guitar for several years, later putting it into storage.

After Roy Barber’s death, his widow, Val, auctioned the guitar at Sotheby’s Olympia on 14th June 2002 (ex lot 315 ‘Rock & Roll Fashion and Memorabilia’). The guitar has since been exhibited at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool from 2014-2018. The guitar is featured in Andy Babuik’s book – Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four’s Instruments, from Stage to Studio.

The guitar was offered at Juliens, New York on 16th May 2015 (ex lot 424 ‘Music Icons’) with a listed ‘sold’ price of $485,000.

Copies of letters of authenticity from Roy Barber’s former band mates Dave Berry, John Fleet and Eric Haydock are available to view. The originals amongst other paperwork, which are currently held by the vendor, will be made available to the winning bidder.

Estimate £300,000 – 400,000  (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)