Stuart's first guitar

Acoustic guitar

Stuart learnt his first chords on this guitar. In 1959 he replaced it with a Hoffner President bought with money from the sale of his 'Summer Painting' to John Moores.

Stuart was not a gifted musician but he practised hard. He joined Johnny and the Moondogs, who became The Beatles, as bass guitarist.

During their time in Hamburg his playing became more of an issue. He was holding them back musically and his friendship with John was the only thing keeping him in the band.

This guitar went on display in The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum from 2008 to 2009.