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What bass does Brian Ray (McCartney) play

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by byrdsfan, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. byrdsfan


    Feb 9, 2004
    Just saw Paul McCartney's great show. It's nice that he uses the Hofner the whole night instead of relegating it to a "Beatle spot" (which on this tour would be the whole show).
    When Mr. Mac goes to guitar, what bass does Brian Ray use? Is it the other Hofner that is so big these days (Darryl Jones broke one out for a couple of tunes with the Stones).
    Next big show: Cream!
  2. byrdsfan


    Feb 9, 2004
    Is it a Guild?
  3. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    The Bass Player article this month said Ray was using a new Yamaha.
  4. According to Sam Chapman on the Alembic board: "Guild M-85 bass. I couldn't tell what his amps were, but he did have two Ashdown 4x10 cabinets."
  5. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Sorry to revive such an old thread. Just saw Sir Paul and it looks like Brian Ray is playing a Gibson SG Reissue bass. Could see Paul's Mesa Boogie Rig but also saw some Ashdown cabs.

    Anyone have any more details about Brian's current gear. Strings, amp head, etc?
  6. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Yep, Brian relegated his trusty old Guild M85 bass to the closet, probably because those things weigh alot (around 12-13 pounds). Brian now has two Gibson SG Standard (reissue) basses in his arsenal; one is his main bass, and the other is a back-up.
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i've seen him using a guild and an SG Reissue.
  8. Yeah, now it's the SG reissue. Cool bass, Brian plays really well!
  9. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    He's primarily a guitar player. And a real good one. Very talented and very nice cat.
  10. hwystar


    Jan 30, 2009
    I'm a bass plyr. but gosh that drummer rocks.
  11. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    The whole band rocks. I love Rusty's guitar playing.
  12. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    Rusty and I go way back. he's one of my closest friends.
    and he's always been a great guitarist.
  13. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Hollywood Bowl last April (2 different shows/2 different shirts):

    That's McCartney bass rig behind Brian.

  14. TMBTC


    Oct 18, 2009
    thats Abe Laboriel Jr...... his Dad is a famous bass player.