The Who/John Entwistle
A 1976 Alembic Bass guitar; serial number 76-A046, in natural finish, neck through body constriction, curved maple top, mahogany body cores, maple and walnut laminate neck, ebony twenty six fret fingerboard with oval abalone inlays and LED side markers, headstock with walnut facing and silver Alembic logo, two pickups, four rotary controls, one selector switch, two mini-toggle switches (one broken), jack and cannon connector sockets, gold plated Schaller tremolo bridge/tailpiece with four adjustable saddles; and an original blue rectangular hard shell case with red plush lining -- owned and played by John Entwistle on stage with The Who; accompanied by a black and white image of Entwistle playing the instrument on stage at the Winterland, San Francisco, 28 March, 1976 (3)
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.
Ex-lot 63 Rock 'n' Roll Memorabilia 1956-1984 - The Property of John Entwistle, Sotheby's, London, 7th April, 1988
The Collection Of Brad and Diana Rodgers of www.whocollection.com
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998-2007
According to the original lot description the LED side markers on the guitar were at the request of Entwistle as an essential tool when the stage was entirely blacked out during The Who's concerts in 1975 and 1976.
Christie's would like to thank Rick Turner for his assistance with this lot.