Paul McCartney's Fender Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marc PG, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Marc PG

    Marc PG

    Jul 25, 2021
    Does somebody know the year of this electric bass?

    It is a Fender Jazz Bass 'Macca' first used in "The White Album" (The Beatles, 1968) sessions.

    I heard it was a 1966 or 1967, and it also could be a 1968...

    Thanks a lot!

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  3. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    It's a 66-67. Apparently, he still has it, likely under lock and key because even back then, he may have been acutely aware of how rare they were.
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  4. TTA


    Jun 10, 2021
    Oh wow… binding in the 60’s?
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  5. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Looks like he is slappin' da bass too....:woot:
  6. Roxbororob

    Roxbororob Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    The White Album was released in 68 so there is that.
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  7. nattiep


    Sep 16, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    He had one for his backup bass in Wings too! Not sure if it's the same one. Tuners look different.
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  8. At least it's a proper left-handed model, not like some of his guitars.
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  9. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    I've heard it's a clone
  10. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    I find it hilarious that amateur hacks like myself obsess over the minute, meaningless details of their basses, and a pro like Maca couldn't give a rats ass what he's playing! He owns the same couple of basses he got because they were cheap, or free(Rickenbacker). When he sent his Rick in to be refurbished, they discovered the bridge pickup wasn't even working.
  11. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    Lollipop tuners! Sweetness
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  12. blastoff


    Sep 5, 2007
    way out west
    looks like he's running it through his Nikon effects pedal too
  13. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    McCartney or the bass?
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  14. andare


    Oct 4, 2016
    I believe for Paul McCartney "tone" is in the bass part and the song, not the gear. But some pros obsess over their gear, like Zappa.
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  15. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    McCartney could make anything sound good. With the right technicians behind him anyway.
  16. mr80htz


    May 15, 2018
    Transition lollipop tuners were on 66 jazz basses
  17. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Actually, according to him in the series "McCartney 3, 2, 1" the Beatles were always challenging the technicians (or recording engineers) to bend the rules. He talks about pushing the preamp section of the old mixing consoles for distortion, which he says doesn't happen with modern consoles.
    I recommend the HBO series.
  18. Eli_Kyiv


    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Who needs it anyway? ;)
  19. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Oh, you had to open the Billy Shears floodgates again?
  20. I'm halfway through that series and it's better than I expected. There is one part where Macca and Rubin are playing a Beatles tune through a mixing desk and they solo his bass tone, can't remember which song, but I was shocked at how bright and driven the sound was. That particular bass had to be either the Jazz or the Ric in my mind.
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