A Rosetti Airstream 3 electric guitar which has been used by Paul McCartney. The guitar was played by Paul during a recording session with Drew and Dy at Trident Studios, London in August 1968. Paul sang harmonies and played piano on three tracks for the duo, Dedicated To Love, Tales Of Frankie Rabbit and Taurus The Bull.
The guitar was made by Egmond, Holland, imported to the UK and marketed as Rosetti. There is no serial number. The solid body guitar has 3 pick-ups with individual switches, a tremolo arm, volume and tone knobs and a cream pearl scratchplate. It comes in a hard-bodied guitar case. A silver plaque has been attached to the body of the guitar, it is engraved with the statement “This guitar was played by Paul McCartney on 12th August 1968 on Drew and Dy’s Apple recording session”.
The guitar comes with a letter of provenance from Peter Dymond of Drew & Dy. It reads, “This is to certify that the Rosetti Airstream 3 electric guitar accompanying this letter is the instrument that I used when the duo of which I was part, Drew and Dy, recorded three tracks in Trident Studios on August 10th 1968 with Paul McCartney producing, playing piano and singing harmonies. In the course of the session Paul McCartney used this instrument to compose and teach a bass riff to the bass player on the session, and he (Paul McCartney) also jammed on the instrument for a few minutes. This is one of the guitars you hear on the copy of the three tracks we did, which accompanies this guitar. I also enclose copies of two letters from Apple to us, and a copy of the first page of our Apple recording contract. Mark Lewisohn is aware of the existence of Drew and Dy, which he turned up during his researches into Apple. Bonhams have seen his letter to me confirming that he was aware of our being signed to Apple”.
Copies of two black and white photographs of Paul McCartney with Drew And Dy which were taken during the recording session are included.
Laminated copies of the two letters sent from Apple to Drew And Dy and the front page of their Apple Records recording contract have been stapled onto the inside of the guitar case along with two images of Paul McCartney.
The guitar is also accompanied by a cassette copy of the recordings from the session which is included without copyright. The instrument was originally consigned to Bonhams Auctioneers, London on 24th November 1999 as lot 505 in the sale.
The condition of the guitar is very good plus.
Estimate £4,000 – £6,000
Starting Price £4,000