Paul's  Gear

part 4

most people associate Paul


or maybe  but his use of gear is note worthy.

ha! note worthy!

By the timewere finished with touring, the use of something other than the old stand-by instruments, was no doubt, a welcome change. Since in many circles the bass guitar was often called the Fender bass,and I'm sure Paul was anxious to use one.The Jazz bass was first used during

the White Album sessions

(although not exclusively by Paul)

This one was a right-handed model turned upside down and strung backwards.

It is interesting to note that when George & John were presented with their

360-12 & 325  models respectively.

Paul was offered a right-handed bass 4001S.....but he turned it down thinking that it would be too awkward.

Later he did acquire a left-handed model.


A lefty Jazz bass became an eventuality also.

as is known or has been discovered by readers, Paul was quite an extraordinary guitar player as well. In fact many guitar parts assumed to be by George were often played by Paul !

This puts him in the ranks with some of the greatest guitar players in the world !


this time the Telecaster, played a significant role in the making of

SPLHCB . Nothing was recorded in the normal or usual manner, everything was tweaked or manipulated in some fashion or another. So the use of the Telecaster, not actually a Tele, but a single pick-up model known as the Esquire, was used for the guitar solo in the title track (& the reprise) and for the recording of John's song inspired by a Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial, Good Morning, Good Morning. the single coil bridge pick-up provides the unmistakable Tele sound.

over driven, raw, rock'n roll, guitar! this sound fit the mood perfectly.

Later during the White Album project, Paul's song Helter Skelter (the British equivalent to the Jungle Jim) brings back the Tele for that hard edged, dirty, nasty rock'n roll as they've never heard before, sound. (an idea being discussed by the Who, that took root with Paul) of course, the only way to accomplish that....Tele turned all the way up, through a relatively small tube (or valve, as the brits say) amp, pushed to natural distortion levels.This model guitar was the first solid body guitar successfully marketed by anyone & Leo Fender's first big success story. This essential guitar design is more than 50 years old & still at the forefront of rock'n roll.

although this may be a post-Beatle photo, it does indicate that Sir Paul did eventually get his hands on a left-handed Telecaster.



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