True to McCartney form, our Paul plays a ’63 40th Anniversary re-issue, genuine Hofner Bass. Paul’s bass is fitted with Diamond “Cavern” bass humbucker pickups as used on Paul McCartney’s original 1961 “Cavern” Hofner model.
Paul’s Hofner Bass was synonymous with the Beatles’ image and 1960’s music. Over the years the Hofner, more so than any other image or instrument has come too symbolise the Beatles. Paul McCartney continued to use the Hofner as his main bass until 1966. Paul returned to the Hofner as his main bass guitar for the last two Beatles’ albums.
Our Paul also uses a Fire-Glo Rickenbacker 4001 Bass guitar similar to Paul McCartney’s 4001S Deluxe. Paul McCartney switched from the Hofner bass to using the Rickenbacker progressively throughout 1966-65. Once touring was complete Paul continued to use this bass (with some exceptions) for most studio work until recording of the Let It Be album.
Our Paul plays through a modern Labsystems VP300S Bass amp with valve pre amp. This is coupled with a Vox T60 Recreation Speaker cabinet. This cabinet is loaded with a 12″ and 15″ Speaker and is identical to the T60 Bass Cabinet used thoughout many of the iconic earlier Beatles recordings and is dressed with Vox grill cloth and badge.
In 2015, Ben King was formerly recognised as an endorsee of the legendary Hofner basses and is now featured on their international website.