Paul McCartney's Tour and Studio-Played Left-Handed Wings Yamaha BB-1200 Bass.

Currency:USD Category:Memorabilia / Music - Rock Start Price:20,000.00 USD Estimated At:NA
Paul McCartney's Tour and Studio-Played Left-Handed Wings Yamaha BB-1200 Bass.
Winning Bid Undisclosed
This item SOLD at 2021 Dec 11 @ 12:40UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
All items are sold as is. Contact Van Eaton Galleries for condition reports and shipping information. 21% Buyer's Premium for all lots.
Paul McCartney’s tour and studio played left-handed Wings Yamaha BB-1200 electric bass guitar. This cherry burst BB-1200 was a principal weapon in McCartney’s sonic arsenal during his activity with Wings in the late 1970s, and he was frequently photographed playing it on stage, during live performances, and in the studio.

Constructed of maple, alder, and mahogany with an ebony fingerboard featuring inlaid mother of pearl fret markers, the BB-1200 features a neck-through design for extra sustain and P-style split pickups. Prized for its consistency of tone and playability, the Yamaha bass was used prominently on Wings final studio album, Back to the Egg (1979).

It was also played throughout the subsequent tour, and was used notably again on recordings for McCartney’s next two albums, McCartney II (1980) and Tug of War (1982). During his prolific and peerlessly influential career, McCartney has only been known to play less than a dozen basses with any frequency, returning to old favorites again and again over the decades.

Few individual instruments have ever pressed to the forefront of his musical endeavors, providing a vehicle to move his sound in a new direction. This Yamaha BB-1200 is one of the most important Paul McCartney instruments ever offered at auction as it bridged two important chapters in McCartney’s career, helping to define the end of his run with Wings and laying the groundwork for his renewed solo efforts.

The piece exhibits some pocking and crazing to the finish with nicks, scratching (most pronounced on the reverse), and surface wear over the body, and light rubbing to the fingerboard from frequent use. McCartney’s original brown leather Yamaha strap with adjustable silver-tone buckle belts is also included. The strap is also depicted in period photos of the instrument, and it shows some age in wear. These items are accompanied by the original Yamaha textured leatherette over wood hard case, which retains the original Yamaha toolkit.