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Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and more sign guitar for charity auction

A host of guitar stars have signed a Vintage V58 like the one above
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The roll call of players who have signed a guitar to be auctioned in December reads like the who’s who of guitar legends. Musicians who have lent their support to raise money for friend and peer Jerry Donahue, the former Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and Hellecasters guitarist who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2016, includes; Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Pete Townshend, Brian Wilson, Albert Lee, David Gilmour, Joe Brown, Richard Thompson and Dave Pegg.

They’ve all signed Jerry’s signature Vintage V58JD that has been donated by John Hornby Skewes Ltd for the auction, due to take place at Gardiner Houlgate’s Bath Auction rooms, on 11th December 2019.

Jerry Donahue (bottom right) with JHS's Dennis Drumm (centre) and Vintage Signature V58 collaborator Trevor Wilkinson (left)

Jerry Donahue (bottom right) with JHS's Dennis Drumm (centre) and Vintage Signature V58 collaborator Trevor Wilkinson (left)

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During his career as a session guitarist, Jerry played for names including Plant, Elton John, George Harrison and Bonnie Raitt. Dave Pegg, Jerry’s old bandmate in Fairport Convention, explains how this incredible collection of names got involved to help Jerry; “It all started when I had a call from guitarist Matt Worley, another close friend of Jerry’s,” says Dave. “He’d acquired Jerry’s signature guitar with the idea to have a few big names sign it so we could raise some money for him.”


“At first we just asked a handful of people,” adds Matt Worley. “And with help from Tony Kelsey who co-opted the likes of Steve Winwood, Robert Plant, Andy Fairweather Low and Dave Pegg himself, word got out, the gates opened and we were swamped with some of the biggest names in the music business eager to autograph the guitar and pay their respects to Jerry.”

Jeff Beck is one of the three Yardbirds' guitarist that has signed the guitar, alongside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 

Jeff Beck is one of the three Yardbirds' guitarist that has signed the guitar, alongside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page 

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And there’s still signatures to be added from the likes of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, ELO icon Jeff Lynn, former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. There’s reportedly not much room left on the guitar for more, so additional players will be adding theirs to the case.

With all three guitarists from the Yardbirds (Clapton, Beck and Page), the three remaining members of Zeppelin and a Beatle, the value of this guitar is hard to quantify. We’ll be finding out on 11 December!

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