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In the very early days of The Beatles, when they performed around Liverpool as The Quarrymen, the group had been transitioning from a skiffle band using acoustic instruments to a rock and roll band playing on electric instruments. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all made the switch to electric guitar. Lennon and Harrison were the first to acquire electric guitars, almost identical Hofner Club 40 models, and they were both excited about getting the pair, as Lennon later recalled in an early 1960s interview: “… But a short time later both George and I saw a Hofner Club 40 and we both thought it was the end.”
That guitar George acquired in 1959, will go up for bid at Julien's Auctions' upcoming "Music Icons" memorabilia sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on May 19.
For any musician, their first electric guitar is very special. This being George Harrison's first electric guitar makes it very collectible. It's expected to go for $200,000 to $300,000
Check out the story of this guitar at Julienslive.com.