Lot 157: BEATLES WINGS Paul McCartney/Jimmy McCulloch Guitar


October 31, 2015
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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Description: A 1961 GIBSON ES 345 STEREO IN CHERRY RED WITH BIGSBY TREMELO SERIAL NUMBER 85206. Gibson ES 345 Stereo in Cherry Red with Bigsby Tremelo Serial number: 85206 1961 Originally the property of Beatles and Wings Legend Paul McCartney, it was given to WINGS AND SMALL FACES GUITARIST James 'Jimmy' McCulloch (4 June 1953 - 27 September 1979) . The guitar is furthermore signed by Wings guitarist Henry McCulloch (no relation). Jimmy McCulloch was a Scottish Musician and songwriter, born in Dumbarton and raised in Clydebank and Cumbernauld Scotland, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney's Wings from 1974 to 1977. The guitar has a star studded history. After McCulloch's death the guitar was put up for sale with a host of other important guitars owned by Jimmy. McCulloch's brother Jack, sold the guitar to Big Country Guitarist Alan Morrison, "Everything was brought to the rehearsal studio It was full of collectible instruments and amplifiers." Alan's favourite guitar in the collection was a Fender Stratocaster made for Buddy Holly with his name inlaid in Mother of Pearl but it was out of his price range. His second preference was a Gibson 345 which Jimmy had used with Wing's recordings and live shows and which he had acquired from Paul McCartney. Alan Morrison has been a guitarist and sound engineer for over 30 years, most recently the guitarist in BIG COUNTRY. In 1979 he was living in a rehearsal studio in Camden Town, London and was hired to mix sound for Jimmy's band The Dukes.They used to rehearse there and over a short time he got on well with the band, In particular he got to know Jimmy McCulloch and his guitar technician Pepe. Sadly, Jimmy died the same year. Alan used the guitar on a CBS Recording with 1980's new wave band Dekka Danse called "Waltz in the Wilderness" He also played it on Fischer Z's album "Reveal." He had the guitar on tour with him when he worked with the Jeff Healy Band. They played at the opening of B.B.King's Blues Bar in Memphis and B.B. King played the guitar and gave Alan one of his badges. The badge is still stuck on the head of the guitar. In 2003 Alan Morrison mixed The Henry McCulloch Band in Aberdeen and he brought the guitar to the gig to let Henry see it again. Henry was also in Wings at the same time as Jimmy (no relation). Before Alan put the guitar back in the case Henry signed the back of the guitar in black pen. The guitar comes in it's original case and is accompanied by a letter detailing it's history from Alan Morrison.
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October 31, 2015, 4:00 PM GMT

Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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