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  1. mcarp555 says:

    I don’t think I ever noticed the fact that Paul is playing the Cavern bass here. Howzabout that.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    Howzabout bringing back the good stuff…
    all solid state amplification devices will now be ceremoniously thrown into a landfill. Valve amps will now reclaim their proper status in the ever fickle routine known as “do I trust my own ears?”
    (man, it’s warm in here)

  3. mcarp555 says:

    Sorry Kwai, it’s solid-state for me. No tubes to replace/break. My current practice amp is fully digital, and me like lots.

  4. Tammy says:

    I’ve been to WAAAAAAAY too many dance parties in my life, and now my noggin gets addled. I get SO confused with Pauls basses. Is this the bass that was stolen during Let It Be?, when did Paul’s bass that he uses today become his main bass?.

    How could someone STILL have one of Paul’s Hofners hidden in their wardrobe??

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    Thank you for not taking offense at my comment. I’m not even a musician…so, it was kinda harsh. But, my snobbery act is parodied from the simple fact that something magical was happening at 3 Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood when the Beatles’ music was being created. A lot of that magic was due to disciplined technical expertise…AND, lots of that magic was due to the use of ‘valve gear’. The physical presence found on Abbey Road(EMI Studios) recordings by The Beatles is absent on most recordings of similar vintage.
    So, I’m mainly speaking of how superior Beatles records sound when played via decent stylus/cartridge/amplifiers…My thinking is done through my own algorithms so I ‘accidently’ lashed out at the musical instrument community. I bet there is a noticeable difference when that Cavern bass is plugged into either a valve or solid-state or hybrid amplification. It’s there although it might not be noticeable through an Iphone.
    Peace, KC

  6. mcarp555 says:

    Kwai – no offense taken. An amp is an amp is an amp as far as I’m concerned.

    Tammy – Yes, this is Paul’s “Revolution” bass (aka the “Cavern” bass), his first Hofner. You can tell because the pickups are closer together than ones on the second Hofner. This bass was stolen in 1969. The second Hof became his main bass pretty much from the time he got it in Oct. 1963. The 1st bass was refurbished (the pickups were falling into the body of the instrument), and refinished around 1964.

    Paul only had these two Hofners during the Beatle years. Many, many years later he was given a new “Cavern” bass by Hofner, and it’s believed he has a new ‘Vintage 62’ Hofner that’s a stand-in for the old workhorse.

    Contrary to what some people would have you believe, he never owned the legendary golden Hofner (also known as the “Presentation” bass). It was supposed to be given to him with gold-plated hardware, but was lost after the presentation ceremony before it was actually handed over to him. It recently sold (finally) for a stupid amount of money considering he never played it on any records or at any concert. Just the one day it was shown to him in front of the press (and all photos of that event have been lost).

    If the original Cavern bass still exists, it’s probably in some old man’s attic, forgotten. Whoever stole it may have sold it on, or stashed it away, unable to capitalize on its worth (“Hey, here’s McCartney’s bass I stole from him…”). Assuming the thief was around 20 when he nicked the bass, he’d be around 70 now. His children may find the bass when he dies, and sell it or trash it. Who knows. It may turn up any day. Or not.

  7. henry_the_horse says:

    Ironically, McCartney was using a T.60 solid state amplifier around the time of this photograph. He moved back to valves with an AC-30 head later, before upgrading to an AC-100 in December 1963. Heavy gauge roundwounds with wound 3rd string for Harrison’s 6122 in this photograph.

  8. henry_the_horse says:

    13th August, 1963. “Scene at 6:30”.

  9. mcarp555 says:

    Do we know what gauge those rounds were?

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    According to Lennon’s friend and Undertakers guitarist, Chris Houston, they were fond of Sonomatic strings. If Harrison is using these, then in the first half of the 1960s there were only two gauges: regular (.013) and light (.012).

  11. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    14th August is the correct date.

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