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 Post subject: Sir Paul
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:38 am 
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I was lucky enough to see Paul McCartney in concert on November 14 here in Houston. What a show! He played for almost three hours, and the highlight was near the end when he played "Live and Let Die," complete with flames and fireworks out the roof of Minute Maid park.

Of course he played his Hofner instead of his Rick bass. But I started wondering about that. I know that in the past he's said he plays the Hofner because of its light weight. But he played two different Les Pauls (including his '58 left-handed sunburst) and I would guess that they weigh close to what his 4001S weighs. A few days after the concert, I went back and listened to "Wings Over America," where he did play his Rick bass. And guess what? I think his bass sound was better with the Rickenbacker! It sounded punchier and more distinct. I sure wish he'd go back to playing it, but I doubt he will.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:19 pm 
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I once read Macca kinda said that him without the Hofner was like Charlie Chaplin without his cane.

I would rather Macca play his Rick though. Then again, the Hofner sure do have a small neck.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:59 pm 
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I understand to a point, I just wish he knew that to some folks him without the 4001s is like Charlie Chaplin with out his mustache.


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I saw Macca here in NY back in 09 and people were asking me if he played the Ric.

I wish he'd go back to it more frequently.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
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McCartney is getting old, though, and he always said the hofner is easiest to play. That could be part of the reason he doesn't use the rick bass live anymore; just out of necessity. I like seeing him with the hofner anyway because it's a classy look and roughly speaking he started and ended the Beatles' live career with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
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McCartney may be getting older but he's only 5 years older than Mr. Squire who still plays his Ric. I would still love an appearance of his Ric bass now and then. Maybe one song that's all I'm asking. Heck he's got more energy than I have...


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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:50 am 
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Paul has a notoriously bad back whereas I'm not aware that Chris has such problems. I sympathize with Paul and the weight issue- after an hour of playing I'm usually in agony.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
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JohnHall wrote:
after an hour of playing I'm usually in agony.

Hmmm, after an hour of my playing, it's usually the audience that's in agony!

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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
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antipodean wrote:
JohnHall wrote:
after an hour of playing I'm usually in agony.

Hmmm, after an hour of my playing, it's usually the audience that's in agony!

It only takes me a minute. Usually they're bored out of their minds.


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 Post subject: Re: Sir Paul
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:30 pm 
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JohnHall wrote:
Paul has a notoriously bad back whereas I'm not aware that Chris has such problems. I sympathize with Paul and the weight issue- after an hour of playing I'm usually in agony.


He played at least one Les Paul that night. I wouldn't be surprised if it weighed as much as a Rick bass, although the Rick is longer, which would probably mean a difference in balance.


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