Here’s the story behind Adrian’s 1996 Höfner 500/1… I’ve owned this little gem since it arrived at my studio on April 4th, 2012.
Mc Cartney used his 1963 bass almost exclusively during The Beatles’ touring career, using his 1961 bass (which was repaired and refinished in 1964) as a backup.
Although by 1965 Mc Cartney had begun using a Rickenbacker bass in-studio, he did bring out his 1961 model for the “Revolution” promo film in 1968 and for the documentary the following year.
It was all coordinated by my rather incredible partner, Rachel. Let’s just say that it certainly took the edge off turning a decade older.
Any notable bassists (other than yourself, of course) play the same instrument/use the same gear?
During the shooting, however, the 1961 bass was stolen, and Mc Cartney used his newer Höfner for the remainder of the film, including the famous rooftop performance.
Mc Cartney has continued to use his 1963 Höfner extensively throughout his solo career and continues to use it today.Interestingly I don’t record bass or guitars with any live amps, preferring to use amp modeling software like Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig, IK Multimedia’s Amplitube and Universal Audio’s Softube Amp Room. I’ve also played in lots of bands in Melbourne, Australia, including “underground” ’90s outfits Alice In Wonderpants, Aubergine and Grannyflat.The ability to chop and change, long after the source performance is tracked, is a Godsend for tweaking the tone. I also just mastered a track at Abbey Road studios with their senior mastering engineer, Steve Rooke, who among squillions of other era-defining recordings also mastered the Beatles Anthologies.In terms of other musicians who are associated with this classic instrument though, it can be heard most recently and to magnificent effect on the two ‘Tame Impala’ albums, .Any special history or story behind this instrument or the company who made it? At this stage it’s something I’ve been using exclusively in my studio.Eventually I came across a link for a little guitar shop in London – New Kings Road Vintage Guitars. It’s vintage and as far as I understand it’s in its original condition – short of having had the wiring rewound before it was sold to me. There are no special characteristics so to speak, but one of the original cream dials is missing its gold concave covering which leaves a rusty screw visible as can be seen in some of the amazing photographs taken by the super talented Dean Schmideg.