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John Lennon Owend Fender Duo-Sonic lands in Denmark Street

09 Jul 2019

John Lennon Fender Duo Sonic

We are please to offer the following instrument which was formerly owned by John Lennon of the Beatles.

John Lennon’s Fender Duo Sonic

• 1963
• Blonde Finish
• Alder Body
• Maple neck
• Rosewood Fingerboard
• 2x Single Coil pickups
• Tortoiseshell Guard
• Clay Dot Inlays
• White Button Kluson Machineheads
• Volume and Tone Controls
• 3 Saddle Bridge

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In 1974 Barrie Marshall was managing the musician Clive John (Clive Space) from the Welsh band, Man. On an upcoming trip to New York, Clive requested that Barrie purchase a short scale guitar that was similar to one John Lennon played. During his visit, Barrie met with a close personal friend, Mal Evans (John Lennon's PA / Beatles Technician) and discussed Clive's request. After further discussions he was then given one of John Lennon's personal instruments. This was not one of his legendary short scale Rickenbacker 325s that he’d used throughout his Beatles career, instead it was a Fender equivalent, that being his 1962 short scale Duo Sonic/Musicmaster model . On Barrie's return to the UK it was then given to Clive John who used it from 1974- 2011. 


  • Written verification from both Clive John and his widow Karin John confirming instruments history.
  • Photographic Verification of use from 1974 onwards.
  • Copy of Previous Auction Sale Listing in which instrument achieved £47,500 (2013). 
  • Copy of Online Link to the John Lennon Instrument listing Site that confirms instrument was owned/used by John Lennon.

The Market
Interest from both investors, collectors for instruments owned by many of the worlds most iconic artists is increasing. The recent David Gilmour auction was Christies most successful sale in their history. With his most iconic black Stratocaster selling for a world record $3.9 Million which overtook the previous record for John Lennon's original Beatles J160 E at $2,400,000.

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