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5 August 2010
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MrBig
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Does anyone know the guitars he used for the later years? I've heard of him playing a Fender Esquire in Good Morning Good Morning, but anything after that is beyond me. Perhaps his casino?

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5 August 2010
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Hey there, Big. I Googled "Paul McCartney's Guitars' and found this site.

I don't know what sources were used and can not vouch for the accuracy of info. If nothing else, there are some cool pictures.

Hope it helps.

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5 August 2010
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"You're probably wondering why we keep switching out all these guitars. Well, the truth is we're just showing off."

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5 August 2010
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Zig said:

Hey there, Big. I Googled "Paul McCartney's Guitars' and found this site.

I don't know what sources were used and can not vouch for the accuracy of info. If nothing else, there are some cool pictures.

Hope it helps.


Yeah, I've been there before. They have a really good article on the Guitars of Ringo Starr…
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11 August 2010
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11 August 2010
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I've got a question. Quite stupid really. Did the companies that make those guitars gave the Beatles those instruments? Or they were like "Ok I feel like getting a new guitar, let's go to the store to get one??

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11 August 2010
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They bought the early ones themselves. The Hofner bass and John's Rickenbacker guitar were bought in Hamburg. I'm not sure about George's Gretsch – I think he bought it during his first trip to the US though I may be wrong.

Later on they were given plenty of instruments and amps by companies. Rickenbacker gave John and George 12-string electrics, and a Ricky bass for Paul too (only used in the studio). They were given Fender Strats and Vox amps too, and Ringo had several drum kits from Ludwig. They stuck to a surprisingly small number of instruments though, given that they could have had whatever they wanted.

There's a great book about all this by Andy Babiuk, called The Beatles' Gear. I recommend it.

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Joe said:

They bought the early ones themselves. The Hofner bass and John's Rickenbacker guitar were bought in Hamburg. I'm not sure about George's Gretsch – I think he bought it during his first trip to the US though I may be wrong.

Later on they were given plenty of instruments and amps by companies. Rickenbacker gave John and George 12-string electrics, and a Ricky bass for Paul too (only used in the studio). They were given Fender Strats and Vox amps too, and Ringo had several drum kits from Ludwig. They stuck to a surprisingly small number of instruments though, given that they could have had whatever they wanted.

There's a great book about all this by Andy Babiuk, called The Beatles' Gear. I recommend it.


If I remember correctly, Paul's Rickenbacker was used as a backup during the US tour. It was used once I believe, I don't know. I'll have to check up with that.
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11 August 2010
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Thanks for the answer. I dunno why but I'm quite curious about their instruments. I'll check that book.

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This sort of fits here. It is about reproductions of his guitars.

Hofner changes Violin Bass names

Hofner has redesignated the model names of its famous Violin Bass to reflect the iconic bass's Beatles lineage.

The three German-made models have been the cause of some confusion among McCartney connoisseurs due to the order in which they were issued. The new model names should put any debate to bed, and instead of having years associated with them have new 'evocative' titles that reflect the era they are associated with.

To that end,

the Vintage ’61 Re-issue, based on the first Violin Bass Macca picked up in Hamburg, becomes the 500/1 ‘Cavern’.

The Vintage ’62 Re-issue becomes the 500/1 ‘Liverpool', inspired by the bass Hofner built for McCartney August 1963, and finally the Vintage ’64 Re-issue becomes the standard 500/1 Violin Bass model.

All clear now? Good!

For more information visit the official Hofner website

Hofner press release

The three German built 500/1 Violin Beatle Basses on the current Höfner catalogue have received changes to the model names in order to more closely associate them with historical events. The construction and fittings remain, however, exactly the same.

Due to the sequence that re-issue models were released in, more than 10 years ago, the McCartney spec bass became the Vintage ‘62 Re-issue despite the fact that his bass was built around August 1963.

The models will no longer have a year to identify them, these are replaced by names more evocative of the actual time they represent.

The Vintage ’61 Re-issue is now designated the 500/1 ‘Cavern’. It is inspired by a bass purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg in 1961.

The Vintage ’62 Re-issue becomes the 500/1 ‘Liverpool, being inspired by a bass built for Paul McCartney around August 1963.

The Vintage ’64 Re-issue will now simply be the 500/1 Violin Bass and becomes the ‘standard’ model.

The part numbers for all three bases remain the same as before, for this year, in order to avoid confusion with dealers and buyers.

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It's a shame they didn't call them Hamburg, Liverpool and London.

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