The instruments played by the Beatles are as fascinating as their iconic music. A whole generation of musicians has been inspired by Paul McCartney’s guitar line-up. And the reason is not difficult to fathom — the music that ruled the hearts of millions of people came from these very guitars. The world of music was never the same again after this.
So, any rare music collector or dealer will jump with joy at the mere thought of owning the guitar that was once owned and played by Paul McCartney. The feeling and excitement of having your fingers on the same instrument of the star you admired your whole life will really be very special. Paul McCartney initially preferred using the violin-shaped bass guitar, which defined his earlier stage image. He liked the bass due to its symmetry.
Getting the original guitars used by artists is not easy since they are donated for charity, and from there they reach someone who might not be aware of the history of the instrument. That’s why not many original guitars of Paul McCartney are available now in the market.
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Paul McCartney owned and played guitar: Hofner 500/1 1959 The “Cavern Bass”
In 1961 Stuart Sutcliffe was leaving the Beatles. He couldn’t really play music and wasn’t particularly interested in learning. Since Stuart had been the band’s bass player, Paul was tasked by John and George with the responsibility of taking it up and being the Beatles’ official bass player. So, with a pocket full of Deutsch Marks and dreams of being the next Paul McCartney (Wait a moment!), he went to a music shop in Hamburg where he saw a bass hanging up. Though it wasn’t what other rock musical artists were playing, it was just what McCartney wanted since he was left-handed. Right-handed guitars and basses were awkward to play due to the cut-away and knobs being on the top instead of the bottom. Macca plonked down the dosh (about 30 quid back then) and walked out of that music house holding the bass that he would make history with. Macca used the Bass until late 1963 when Hofner gave him their updated model (see below) and relegated it to Back up duty before having it re-finished and new pick-ups installed. It is last seen during the Let It Be film and it was during this time it was stolen.
Paul McCarntey owned and played guitar: Hofner 500/1v64
Just after The Beatles had recorded their second album With The Beatles in 1963, Hofner gave Paul their new model of bass, possibly the most famous of all the guitars used by the Beatles. Macca started using it straight away, relegating his first one to back-up duty. He stopped using it in the studio when Rickenbacker gave him their 4001 model in 1965, but continued to use it on tour until they stopped touring in 1966. Then, it was left alone for a couple of years, until he started using it again during the Let It Be sessions. After the Beatles split, he stopped using it during Wings and his 80’s solo output, until Elvis Costello made him get it out for Flowers In The Dirt in 1989. Since then, Paul has used his Hofner on tour and in the studio to the point that is has become something you expect to see when you see Paul McCartney perform.
Paul McCartney owned and played guitar: Epiphone Texan FT-79 Acoustic
The Epiphone acoustic guitar was used by Paul on the album Help, specifically for the song “Yesterday”. It can be seen in his live performances of “Yesterday” as well. McCartney, known for being a hoarder of instruments, still has this guitar today.
Paul McCartney owned and played guitar: Rickenbacker 4001
When FC Hall of Rickenbacker gave John & George new Rickenbacker’s in 1964 he also offered a right-handed model of the 4001 to Paul. Paul didn’t like it for a few reasons: for one, it was heavier than the Hofner; not to mention, it was right-handed; and whereas Hall was prepared to gift John & George their guitars, he wanted money for the bass, because he thought Paul was carrying all the money. That was the last straw for Macca, who punched Hall in the face and walked out of the room screaming “I’m not paying for ANYTHING!”……
….Just kidding. Although I have read that Hall DID want a small fee for Paul’s bass…..
It wasn’t until The Beatles were touring the USA in the summer of 1965 that Hall had built a left-handed Model of the Rickenbacker 4001. And after rock musical artists like The Byrds had started using Rickenbacker guitars because of The Beatles, Hall decided to give Paul this bass completely free of charge in Burt Lancaster’s house. (Poor old Burt didn’t get one though!) So, Paul set out to make his new bass famous and used it on studio albums, as well as on tour with Wings in the 70’s, before retiring it in the mid 80’s in favour of his Hofner. Will Macca ever play the Rickenbacker on tour again? My guess is probably not, since it’s a heavy piece of equipment and Paul’s getting older now. Besides, the Hofner serves all his needs stage wise. But still, it would be nice to see it on just a couple of songs; how about it, Macca?
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