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Sir Paul donates bass to auction

Sir Paul McCartney to donate an autographed Hofner bass violin guitar to charity. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Sir Paul McCartney will help raise thousands of pounds for charity when he auctions off one of his trademark bass guitars later this month.

The former Beatle has donated the instrument, an autographed Hofner bass violin guitar, to be sold at the 02 Silver Clef Awards on June 29 which raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'Mr Guitar'

Guitarist Bert Weedon has died at the age of 91 Credit: PA

Sir Paul McCartney has paid a moving tribute to Burt Weedon - the musician and author whose books taught a generation of guitarists. He died at home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, on Friday following a period of ill health. Paul McCartney said:

"From early childhood throughout our lives he was Britain's Mr Guitar.

"He seemed to be the first person we saw on television showing us how to play and he left a lasting impression on us

"We use to joke about how he played a thousand notes a minute but we were always impressed with him.

"Like us, he loved the guitar and communicated that passion to many generations. Bert, we'll miss you."

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