What amp did Mccartney use in the 70s with Wings?

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  1. southpaw723

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    We all know about Vox in the 60s, but what amps did he use live in the 70s with Wings?
  2. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

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    I think you'll find he used whatever was put in front of him to use.


    "...some guy said, 'What kind of bass strings do you use, Paul?' I said, 'Long shiny ones.'

    "I don't know the model names of basses," he laughs, "I don't know about amps, I don't know about serial numbers. People say to me, 'I've got a fantastic L35.' I say, 'Oh... yeah?' It could be a motorbike for all I know. I'm just not like that, you know? With us it was always just Vox, Hofner--I never really got into the analytical end of it."
  3. BassmanPaul

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    I think put behind him would be more accurate! :D

    A little story that I always found amusing: Went to play a gig in a town in North Wales U.K. Setting up, I noticed some taped Xs on that stage. I was checking my amp out when the manager of the venue rushed up to me an told me I couldn't stand there. Puzzled, I looked down to see I was standing on one of the crosses. I asked why not and he replied "Paul McCartney stood there!" Even after forty odd years, I still get a tickle out of that!!! :)
  4. beans-on-toast

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    Take a look at the rockshow video (1976?) on youtube. The video was recently reissued. As I recall they had Fender and Marshall amps.
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  6. drpepper

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    Ha, that is probably more accurate :p

    Point still stands that if he didn't care or couldn't necessarily tell you what he was using, it really isn't that meaningful as information.

    Cool story :bassist:
  7. mccartneyman

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    The "Rock Show" video shows a line of amps slightly behind and off to Paul's left at an angle, and what look like Fender heads. Directly behind him are what look like bass cabs in a line but without heads. There's also left-handed Fender bass -- a Jazz, I think -- on a stand in to his left along with several guitars. There's a Marshall stack to his right that has a Fender head on it, but I suspect this is for Denny Laine's guitars. There are early rehearsal tapes of Wings on Youtube with Paul using a Fender head ans what looks like a bass bin with a center panel (like the Acoustic 360, but not that) under it. Of course this was in small room.

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