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Any of you try to replicate McCartney's sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pablo Fanque, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Pablo Fanque

    Pablo Fanque

    Apr 1, 2009
    Do you use his basses?

    Use his amps?

    Try to replicate his sound in what you do?

    How do you do it?
  2. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005
    I do in a GENERAL way, since so much of tone has to do with the player, I think.

    It is essential to use flatwound strings. Also, a Rickenbacker or Hofner bass helps.

    Play with a pick.
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    One of my bands do alot of Beatles covers, so I do play his lines, but I always sound like me, no matter the gear, so I just roll with that.
  4. Yeah there are a couple of soloed tracks of Paul's lines floating around on the web esp. A Day in THe Life. I tried to get his exact sound with B15 and Ric 4001 with flatwounds. The key is dialing in enough string mute on the bass.
  5. wwittman


    Apr 21, 2004
    Westchester, NY
    as already stated:

    Rickenbacker 4001 with horseshoe p/u, or Hofner (at least for the MOST characteristic McCartney sounds)
    Play with a plectrum
    The right degree of muting/note release. Paul tends to keep the notes short and thumpy.
    The right range, often up the neck.

    I really like black nylon tapewounds on the Rickenbacker. Gets the closest, to me.

    Amp with large speakers (15s typically)

    here's an attempt (although youtube makes it hard to hear)

  6. harlon


    Jul 13, 2007
    That was very well done! Clean as a whistle!!

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