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Paul got his first Rickenbacker Bass 4001 in 1965. 2bass3.jpgImage Enlarger

I am aware he used it regularly during Rubber Soul and Revolver sessions, in addition it was used as a back up for their 1966 tours. So my question is was it ever used for any live shows or television appearances from this time (1965-66) And If not, why? since Paul used the Rickenbacker instead of the Hofner for pretty much all of Revolver.

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Because it was a better-sounding instrument! And by the time Wings came around, audiences could actually hear the band.

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mja6758 said
It could be as simple as the majority of the songs he played live with The Beatles were recorded with him using the Hofner, even those in their 1966 live sets. 

Oh I did not consider the fact they played none of Revolver and very little of Rubber Soul live, so it makes sense why he would stick to the Hofner if her was used to playing the songs on that.

Thanks.

 

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Even as the owner of many guitars, I don't think I'd have noticed if George or John switched guitars unless it was visually distinct (e.g. when George used a Telecaster in Let It Be).

The Hofner, however, is iconic. It is THE Paul McCartney guitar associated with him and no one else. As stated by Ben Ramon, he ditched it with Wings to clearly distance himself from the Beatles, but brought it back with the Flowers In The Dirt tour when that was no longer an issue.

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I've been wondering if Paul still uses his ricky for recordings, especially on the NEW album. For example its been spotted in the Queenie Eye video and during the Something New documentary. It'll be cool if he has been using it recently since it may finally see the light of day in a live show. 

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megopop09 said
I've been wondering if Paul still uses his ricky for recordings, especially on the NEW album. For example its been spotted in the
Queenie Eye video and during the Something New documentary. It'll be cool if he has been using it recently since it may finally see the light of day in a live show. 

All we know is that he used the Rickenbacker in one song on the New album, but we don't know which song unfortunately. Generally speaking, i found the bass sound in the last album a delusion. The bass is hidden and mixed down, and the quality is not what I expected. The best Ricky sound for me is in the RAM album, deep and penetrating. He did use some Fender Jazz on Band On The Run, which has a great sound (i.e. Mamunia, Mrs.Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It) but we're not sure which songs... During the '80 he switched to Yamaha (starting around 1979), but his records has too much reverb (i.e. Press To Play, with the possible exception of Good Times Coming). From Flowers In The Dirt he went back to Hofner and in Driving Rain he dusted off his Ricky in one track. Great sound of Hofner was achieved in Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.

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backseat said

megopop09 said
I've been wondering if Paul still uses his ricky for recordings, especially on the NEW album. For example its been spotted in the
Queenie Eye video and during the Something New documentary. It'll be cool if he has been using it recently since it may finally see the light of day in a live show. 

All we know is that he used the Rickenbacker in one song on the New album, but we don't know which song unfortunately. Generally speaking, i found the bass sound in the last album a delusion. The bass is hidden and mixed down, and the quality is not what I expected. The best Ricky sound for me is in the RAM album, deep and penetrating. He did use some Fender Jazz on Band On The Run, which has a great sound (i.e. Mamunia, Mrs.Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It) but we're not sure which songs... During the '80 he switched to Yamaha (starting around 1979), but his records has too much reverb (i.e. Press To Play, with the possible exception of Good Times Coming). From Flowers In The Dirt he went back to Hofner and in Driving Rain he dusted off his Ricky in one track. Great sound of Hofner was achieved in Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.

 

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