Dallas Tuxedo – United Kingdom – 1959


Electric Solid Body Single cutaway guitar


Mahogany body and neck

Rosewood fretboard

One or two Henry Weill pickups


The first mass-produced electric solid body guitars in the UK was designed by Dick Sadlier, who was known at the time as a writer of instrument teaching methods.
The pickguard was made of clear plastic, the bottom of which was painted black. Furthermore, the body of the guitar was made by a furniture maker from one piece of solid mahogany and the electronics were made by the German Henri Weill. A copy of this model was found in the attic of John Lennon’s Liverpool home after he moved. It was probably Lennon’s guitar.
Perhaps it is the guitar that some say he stole from another band during a Carroll Levis talent show in Manchester. Whatever the history of this guitar, it was later exhibited at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, UK, and auctioned off at Bonhams in 2012. The Tuxedo, along with some other Lennon assets, brought in £ 4.375.

Used by artist(s): John Lennon (The Beatles)

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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