John Lennon’s Fender Duo-Sonic guitar



2015-06-26 11:06:48

John Lennon’s Fender Duo-Sonic guitar was owned by Lennon during the early 1970s, and later by the Welsh musician Clive John.

Item Description

This red and white Fender Duo-Sonic guitar, serial number L22604, was formerly owned by John Lennon and later by the Welsh musician and ‘Man’ founder member Clive John.

The guitar has been heavily used through extensive touring and recording, and is accompanied by letters of provenance from both Clive John and his wife.


The instrument was originally owned by John Lennon, and stored in his apartment as part of his extensive guitar collection.

The guitar was gifted to the legendary concert promoter Barrie Marshall by Lennon’s personal assistant Mal Evans. Marshall was serving as Clive John’s manager, and had been asked by the musician to obtain a Fender Duo-Sonic guitar for him on a trip to the U.S.

Marshall contacted his close friend Evans, who sourced the guitar from Lennon and presented it to Marshall in 1974.

It remained in the personal collection of Clive John until his death in 2011.

Auction sale

The guitar was placed up for sale in May 2012 through the auction company PFC Auctions.

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