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What bass is Paul McCartney playing on "Me And My Monkey"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Apr 27, 2004.


  1. Does anybody know what bass he is playing on this song? I love the tone and the growl during the brief (too brief!) bass solo near the end of the song.
     
  2. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I love that song!

    I'll guess Rickenbacker 4001?

    Marshall
     
  3. If it's a later Beatles' song, it's likely his Rickenbacker.
     
  4. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    That's a hard question to answer. After Paul received his Fireglo Ric free from Rickenbacker, he never stopped using his Hofner. I read a long time ago (paraphrase) that he enjoyed the Hofner's light weight and he said that it inspired him to play more notey parts. :confused:

    I'd like to know what bass he played on "Rain" :confused:
     
  5. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
  6. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Tim, you're the man!!! What a great site, I could spend hours looking at it. Thanks!!!

    -A.P.
     
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    While your dacking around about the White Album,
    check the OT thread on that Breaker Mags 50 Wurst songs.
    The Beatles made that list, as did Huey Lewis and
    Simon and Garfinkel ( a joke .. Craig G, he's a
    circumcised member ...).


    :meh: :rolleyes: :ninja:
     

  8. Great site.

    HERE'S another one.

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    Treena
     
  9. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    :ninja:

    I am never disappointed by your links,
    once again, kudos!

    OG
     
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I would guess that is because of the 32" scale of the Hofner. That little bass diddy in "Monkey" is indicative of McCartney's genius IMO.
     
  11. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    95% chance it's his Rickenbacker 4001S but he did use a Fender Jazz on the "white album" as well. Definetely NOT the Hofner, no way. And, the Hofner has a 30" scale, not 32".
     
  12. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto

    Hofner's are 30" short scale. It sounds to me like its the Ric 4001. But it could be the Fender Jazz that he received earlier that year.
     
  13. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    That's one of Paulie's rockin-est lines IMO...LOVE IT!!! :bassist:
     
  14. While that site is really neat, and it confirmed a lot of what I had thought about the White Album and the Jazz Bass (Namely, Glass Onion and While My Guitar... are the Jazz and not the Ric), I'd think a bit more proof is needed to claim that the Burns was responsible for Paperback Writer and Rain. I seem to recall an interview with Macca talking about the limitations of the Hofner and commenting that it was intonated fine during both Rain and Paperback Writer.
     
  15. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Ankh-Morpork
    so a Nu-Sonic is a Burns? :confused:
     
  16. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    OK, here's the source of the confusion concerning the Burns bass and Rain. There was an early demo recorded with George playing a right-handed Burns bass. Photos of this session are easily found. This is NOT the recording we are all familiar with.
     
  17. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    "so a Nu-Sonic is a Burns? "

    Yes, just as a 4001S is a Rickenbacker.
     
  18. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    From 'Pearls and Crazy Diamonds: Fifty Years of
    Burns Guitars 1952 - 2002' by Per Gjorde, page 66.

    'The Nu-Sonic Bass, 1964 - 1965 More modern
    in concept than the old Sonic bass, this basss guitar
    had a good sound with a punchy tone. It featured
    Nu-Sonic bass type pickups, with volume, tone and 3
    way selector. Standard finish was cherry or black,
    with rosewood fingerboard. Another bass used by George
    Harrison. Retail price GBP 63'

    Relevant notes on the 'old Sonic bass' include
    1960-64 ...similar to the Sonic guitar, but the short
    scale bass had a very miniature feel. GBP 44.
     
  19. byrdsfan

    byrdsfan

    Feb 9, 2004
    L.I.
    Isnt it pathetic Paul used three basses (two mostly) for all of his days with the Beatles and i have five and would love to get five more? but then i always a big Entwistle fan, too!
     
  20. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Ankh-Morpork
    ahaaaaaa..... I know absolutely nil about Burns stuff. Thanks!