JUST ONCE I WISH PAUL HAD USED THE 4001 ON STAGE WITH THE FABS:

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  1. Kwai Chang says:

    I guess the problem with the Rickenbacker 4001-S was “it was perfect”.
    Perhaps not…I think the Fireglo Red finish made it too unsubtle.
    I’m guessing…because there were other red guitars. It would have changed the visual dynamic too much. The Hofner was warm, refined, subdued…
    Or, was it a lot heavier?
    Has Paul ever mentioned why no stage debut for ‘Ricky’?

  2. Lizzie says:

    amazing photo!!!

  3. mcarp555 says:

    Paul has mentioned the weight issue; plus, I think he’s very image-conscious, and sees the 500/1 as the “stage” guitar for the Beatles. Which might explain why he used the Ric on stage from the very beginning of his solo career; A visual symbol of a break with the past (see also the video for “Take It Away” from “Tug Of War”, where he uses three basses – the Hofner, the Rick, and the Yamaha). Also remember that the Hof had severe intonation problems, which would be less of a concern if nobody can hear you anyway.

    I’m always amazed at the almost haphazard way these precious instruments seem to be thrown on platforms, behind amps, etc. Would it have killed Mal to have gone out and bought half a dozen guitar stands?

  4. Jorge says:

    Great angle shot on that photo…didn’t realize how “surrounded” Ringo was with all that equipment!

  5. Chuck says:

    International Amphitheatre Chicago August 12, 1966. This concert kicked off the 1966 North American tour. Read all about it, in my new book: Some Fun Tonight! The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America. The Historic Tours of 1964-1966. Available January 2014.

  6. Alex of the Bronx says:

    Sounds good Chuck, best of luck with the book

  7. Pete F. says:

    Sounds very interesting, should be a great read. Good luck!

    ps I was going to ask where I could take a peek but clicking on Chuck’s name revealed a website link. If anyone is interested, head on over to http://www.somefuntonight.com for more info on this book.

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