The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 29 – Paul McCartney’s Rosetti Solid 7

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Young Paul McCartney stretching his fingers while playing a Rosetti Solid 7

Not a solid body but a sunburst (black to red) semi-acoustic made in Holland by Egmond and renamed by the Rosetti firm, which imported them into the UK and sold them for about £20, which included the Royal pickup/scratchplate kit.

“We went to play in Hamburg,” McCartney says in the Bacon interview, “and I’d bought a Rosetti Solid 7 electric guitar in Liverpool [at Hessy’s Music] before we went. It was a terrible guitar. It was really just a good-looking piece of wood. It had a nice paint job, but it was a disastrous, cheap guitar.” (It looked pretty impressive in the advert.)

Back in Liverpool, after temporary bassist Chas Newby left, McCartney restrung the Rosetti with three or four bass strings reportedly “borrowed” from a piano and used it until Sutcliffe returned with his President bass. The Rosetti, once again with a full complement of strings, then played a return engagement in Hamburg, where it met its ignoble end.

McCartney recalled in a 1964 interview that he “didn’t want to get rid of it, but I had to, because it got smashed when I dropped it one day. It wasn’t a complete write-off, but I didn’t think it was worth repairing, so all of us . . . had a great time smashing it to bits by jumping up and down on it! Bit mad, I suppose, but we had to get rid of our pent-up energy sometimes and it seemed the ‘obvious’ thing to do at the time!”

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