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  1. Kwai Chang says:

    Ricky, don’t lose that number…
    Steely Paul
    Is that THE MMT bass minus the paint job?
    If so, when did he strip it?

  2. Steve in the Bronx says:

    I know he is singing “Hi Hi Hi!”

  3. Lee says:

    And he’s still giving it his all in concert.

  4. Jocelyn says:


    Yes, that’s the same Rickenbacker 4001S bass that he used during the Beatle days. It originally had a Fireglo finish, then, probably influenced by certain substances, some additional paint was added. The finish was stripped down to bare wood sometime between Pepper and the Let It Be sessions (a portion of the bass can be seen in the Let It Be film). John and George both stripped down their Epiphone Casinos around the same time. Some additional filing and/or sanding work was done to the “horns” of the bass sometime during the 1970-72 time period. About 1975, the bass had some minor work done at the Rickenbacker factory.

    Anyway, all this stuff is to my best recollection and my memory isn’t what it used to be.

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    Very mysterious…
    my thank you to Jocelyn has vanished!
    (gosh-spam it)
    or did I really forget to say “Thanks”?

  6. Louise says:

    Paul is the only Beatle who could wear overalls and pull it off.

    I also like how he had favorite shirts and wore them again and again. I’ve seen him wearing this shirt in a lot of photos.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    Kwai, I saw it there yesterday too. It must have vanished into the ether. anyway, you’re welcome. It’s great how we can all enjoy the photos and learn a bit at the same time.

  8. Dave O says:

    I think the Ric was still painted in the psychedelic colors in the “Lady Madonna” video.

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