5 isolated bass tracks that prove Paul McCartney is a genius – Far Out Magazine
Everybody knows that Paul McCartney is one of the finest songwriters of all-time with piercing heavenly vocals. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a world without Macca in it. He has been the gift that keeps on giving for close to 60-years, but, McCartney’s talent on the bass remains often overlooked despite his skill on the instrument adding a crucial layer to The Beatles’ delectable sound.
Despite that, the musician has never found himself in the conversation for the greatest ever to pick up a four-string, but what he did with the instrument was revolutionary. Along with Ringo Starr, he formed a world-beating rhythm section that was up there with the best of them and, although Macca is more adored for his songwriting skills, on ‘Something’ you can hear the greatness of Paul’s bass.
Originally, McCartney didn’t join The Beatles as a bass player and only started on the instrument after Stuart Sutcliffe left the band. The landmark guitar he made a name on was purchased when he was only 18. It had humble origins: “Eventually, I found a little shop in the centre of town, and I saw this violin-shaped bass guitar in the window,” he told Tony Bacon for a Bass Player cover story back in the summer of 1995.
McCartney’s original guitar was Höfner 500/1 violin bass, a right-handed model that he turned upside down, for the equivalent of around £40. While the guitar was stolen during the late sixties, he did have a spare which was given