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Paul McCartney's tuning method

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by christpncher, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. christpncher


    Mar 25, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    The other night on Late Show with Steven Colbert they had Billie Joel on and he told a story about Paul.

    It was during the last concert at Shea Stadium. Billie was about to start Piano Man when he said:

    "Theres Paul McCartney walking onto the stage
    tuning his Hofner bass with a butter knife"

    Anyone know what he is talking about?
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  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Maybe the butter knife rings at 440 Hz when struck?
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  3. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Maybe he was using a butter knife to adjust the truss rod. I mean what bassist has never done that? :)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
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  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    How else is Macca gunna get his bass to play like butter?
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  5. A gentleman always uses a butter knife, even when he eats alone.
  6. Billie got it wrong. Paul wasn't tuning his Hofner.

    He was doing a quick bridge/saddle shave with one of these because the action was too high.

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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    nobody knows...........
  8. noor.
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  9. Well...I Googled the subject and couldn't find a dang thing about Macca's butterknife..

    So until the mystery is solved...
  10. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Given the way the saddles are adjusted on those basses it is possible that's what he was doing.

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