According to Rourke, the bass was bought from Manny’s Music in New York City, on a trip with Johnny Marr and Seymour Stein. This was after The Smiths inked a contract with Stein's American record label Sire Records. Rourke commented on his purchase, "I picked out this old beat-up bass because its label said 1964—same year I was born."
This is Rourke's most seen bass during his career with The Smiths. Unlike other basses Rourke has owned, the bass is still in his possession.