The matter on Stu's playing has been and will always be a matter of discussion I'm afraid. Lewisohn states that Stu was hardly into playing the bass at all. He played with the Beatles during to long nights during their first visit to Hamburg in the autumn of 1960, but did not return home with them directly. I'm not exactly sure when Stu returned to Liverpool, but in the meantime Chas Newby played with them on a few gigs and although Paul's Rosetti has three strings and looks like a bass, it is also stated that he just mimed most of the times. In those early days of 1961, when The Beatles where really taking off, it was just Pete's drums, Johns and Georges guitar and their vocals. No bass at all, as Pauls Rosetti was almost falling apart. They quickly returned to Hamburg to play at The Top Ten and Paul was either at the piano or at the microphone. Stuart was playing the bass then. Though Stu stayed and played with them till July 1st, when The Beatles returned to Liverpool, Stu did not come back with them and it was obvious someone had to pick up the bass. Lewisohn states that Paul bought his Hofner somewhere mid-June 1961.