Paul McCartney 'Excited Like a Schoolboy' to Have His Stolen Bass Back

Paul McCartney is reportedly thrilled to be back in possession of his original Hofner Beatle bass, which was recovered this week after it went missing after being stolen from a Wings van back in October 1972.

Via Guitar World:

“Paul’s 1961 Höfner 500/1 bass guitar, which was stolen in 1972, has been returned,” McCartney’s official site announced. “The guitar has been authenticated by Höfner and Paul is incredibly grateful to all those involved.”

...“I think the bass can easily be repaired,” Höfner historian Nick Wass told Chris Dekker, editor of De Bassist magazine in The Netherlands. “I’ve seen guitars and basses in much worse condition. The lacquer has some cracks because it was left in a loft where it can be cold in winter and hot in summer, but that doesn’t matter. The pickups don’t work, so the coils must be replaced, and the scarf joint in the neck is broken.

“A long time ago they tried to string the bass right-handed with very heavy strings, and in the process they butchered the nut, but we can repair the neck, it’s not a problem.

“Paul wants it to be fixed up, so he can play it. He doesn’t want it to be restored as it came out of the factory in 1961, but as it is now. He phoned me when he got it back, which is quite unusual. He was excited as a school boy. So I’m glad he doesn’t want to change anything.”