Status Quo: Alan Lancaster's Fender Mustang Bass Guitar, 1968,

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Lot 117*
Status Quo: Alan Lancaster's Fender Mustang Bass Guitar,
1968,

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000
Rock & Pop
Status Quo: Alan Lancaster's Fender Mustang Bass Guitar,
1968,
serial no. 245188 stamped on F-series neckplate, shaped, twin cutaway offset body in mauve finish, single active pickup with two rotary controls, three-ply laminated scratchplate, Indian rosewood fingerboard with white dot markers, headstock with Fender decal and machineheads, in hard, faux-skin rectangular plush-lined case with Status Quo and other stickers, the chrome scratchplate, original pickups, strap and packet of strings within, guitar 41 1/2in (105.5cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Lots 117-127 are from the Alan Lancaster Collection.
    Best known as a founding member of the rock band Status Quo, Lancaster contributed to songwriting, and vocals on albums and live concerts, taking the lead on tracks such as "Backwater", "Is There A Better Way", "Bye Bye Johnny", "High Flyer" and "Roadhouse Blues" etc. Having formed the band in 1962 with schoolmate, Francis Rossi, his final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley Stadium on 13 July 1985 for the opening of Live Aid. Alan joined the original line-up of the band for reunion concerts in 2013 and 2014.

    This guitar was used on virtually all Quo's live and studio work by Alan from 1968 to 1978. Originally white, it was stripped back to a natural wood finish in the early '70s, with a chrome scratchplate added later. In the late '70s it was sprayed mauve and the scratchplate changed back to the white laminate version, with replacement EMG active pickup. The lead pieces attached to the back of the body are weights to enable the guitar to hang at the correct angle when Alan was standing and strapped. The piece of felt at the bridge end was to dampen any hard hits from the plectrum that might make unwanted 'thumps'. As Alan has remarked, It's a powerful axe.

    Sharing duties with the Travis Bean and Kramer guitars also offered in this auction, the guitar was finally played on the 2013 and 2014 Status Quo reunion concert tours and recordings.
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Status Quo: Alan Lancaster's Fender Mustang Bass Guitar, 1968,
Status Quo: Alan Lancaster's Fender Mustang Bass Guitar, 1968,
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