could have bought any bass guitar he wanted. TheBeatles had come to Paul McCartney . They were pulling in almost $50,000 for a show, which was not bad money in the days when minimum wage was only around $1.00 an hour in the United States. America
McCartney seemed content to play his lightweight Hofner bass, which had become a trademark by now. But the owner of Rickenbacker Guitars had other ideas.
The other turn off was that
Also keep in mind the scale of the Hofner was mere 30.25”, while the
Rickenbacker 4001S LH that was given to McCartney was created in January of 1964. It was finished in Fireglo ( Rickenbackers answer to red-burst. McCartney claims he put it to use on Rubber Soul and Sergeant Pepper. He used it in concert in 1966 while on tour in , but mainly the Ric was confined to use in the recording studio. Japan
"It sounded a little clearer, too," he adds, "and it seemed a little heavier - not just literally heavier but it played a little more solid than the Hofner."
To any guitarist, this would make sense. The longer scale causes the strings to be more taught, thus tonality is a little bit better. Plus the Rickenbacker pickups were superior to the Hofner pickups.
Let's skip ahead a few years later when the Psychedelic era came along. Without their knowledge, the
Carnaby Street was the fasion center. Men were wearing paisley shirts with large collars and puffy sleeves along with bell bottomed hip-hugger trousers. Women chose mini-skirts with go-go boots and granny dresses. These were the days of tune in, turn on and drop out and freak out. Young people speaking their mind, getting so much resistance...fall behind.
It was during this time the
Fast forward to after the
Beatles breakup. George was the only Beatle that did not remove the psychedelic paint job. Lennon had the finish sanded off his Gibson hollowbody, but sketched a caricature of himself and his wife on the guitars lower bout. Paul sanded the finish off the Rickenbacker 4001S LH and did not repaint it.
Rickenbacker currently offers the model 4001 V63