Is this the world’s most expensive guitar string?

An Epiphone acoustic guitar string that was used by Paul McCartney during the Beatles’ recording sessions for Rubber Soul has gone up for auction and is expected to fetch more than $5,000.

There are no details as to the string’s gauge. The string belonged to the vendor’s late cousin, David Cardey, a paid-up member of the Beatles fan club member who won it in a competition.

Cardey received a letter on February 14 1966 from Johnny Dean, editor of the long-running Beatles Book fanzine, informing him that he had won, including a guinea (pre-decimalization, this would have been just over £1) and a tantalizing promise – “I will be sending you a piece of Beatle equipment within the next few days”.

You can imagine what Cardey was anticipating. McCartney’s 1963 Hofner 500/1 bass guitar? George Harrison’s 1965 Rickenbacker 360-12? John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E? Maybe even a guitar capo. A few days later, Cardey had his answer: a guitar string.

But still… Five thousand dollars, maybe more, for one used string!? Anyway, you don’t see strings once used by a Beatle everyday. You can check out the auction at Special Auction Services.

McCartney’s string is not the only guitar accessory to attract an eye-watering fee at auction. In July, a plectrum signed and played by Kurt Cobain sold at auction for $14,000.



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