Sir Paul McCartney’s bass guitar that went missing more than 50 years ago has been found.

The Beatles band member used the guitar on famous tracks such as Twist And Shout and She Loves You but it went missing in 1972.

A search was launched and it was successful in finding the instrument but how was it tracked down?

How Sir Paul McCartney’s bass guitar was found

Finding the German violin-shaped bass has been a few years in the making with a search being set up by The Lost Bass Project in 2018 and traction picked up last year after further media attention.

Newham Recorder: This replica of Sir Paul's guitar gives you an idea of what the bass guitar is likeThis replica of Sir Paul's guitar gives you an idea of what the bass guitar is like (Image: Guncotton Guitars/PA)

The team, which included Nick Wass from Hofner and husband and wife team Scott and Naomi Jones, received more than 100 leads which they used to help track down the missing guitar.

Among the tip-offs, the project said they were given information that claimed the guitar had been stolen from the back of a van in 1972 in Notting Hill in London.

They later discovered the bass was allegedly sold to a landlord in the area before it was passed on until it ended up in the attic of a terraced house in the south coast of England.

The project said the owner realised they had the highly sought-after item following the publicity last year.

The bass is still complete and in its original case but will need some repairs to make it playable again, the project added in their statement.

Newham Recorder: This is a replica of Sir Paul McCartney's bass guitarThis is a replica of Sir Paul McCartney's bass guitar (Image: Guncotton Guitars/PA Wire)

A post on Sir Paul’s official website read: “Following the launch of last year’s Lost Bass project, Paul’s 1961 Hofner 500/1 bass guitar, which was stolen in 1972, has been returned.

“The guitar has been authenticated by Hofner and Paul is incredibly grateful to all those involved.”

Bass guitar bought for £30 found after more than 50 years

The bass had been bought for £30 in Hamburg, Germany, in 1961 by Sir Paul and was used during his time with The Beatles.

It was dubbed the “Beatle bass” since he used it throughout his career.

Sir Paul played the Hofner on the Fab Four’s first two albums, Please Please Me and With The Beatles, as well as on a slew of hits including Love Me Do.

A statement from The Lost Bass project said: “We are extremely proud that we played a major part in finding the Lost Bass.

“It has been a dream since 2018 that it could be done. Despite many telling us that it was lost forever or destroyed, we persisted until it was back where it belonged.

“We want to thank everyone who helped with the search, all those who sent us leads and ideas and many who just wanted to lend their support to us. Thank you all so very much. Very much indeed! We did it!”