In his pre-taped acceptance of the Grammys' President's Award for the Beatles last night (2/8), McCartney sat in a roomful of recording equipment, holding his 1964 Texan in his familiar left-handed "upside down" playing position. "This is the guitar I played on the Ed Sullivan show," he said, strumming a quick G-C-G chord progression. Then he delivered a whimsical rendition of the first two lines of "Yesterday."
That particular guitar's first appearance on TV was also a McCartney solo - his memorable performance of "Yesterday" on the Ed Sullivan show on Aug. 14, 1965. The guitar, serial number 194959, was officially a model FT-79N (N for natural finish), that had left the Gibson factory on May 23, 1964. McCartney bought it in New York in 1965. List price at the time was $175, and the case was extra.