The Beatles: Guitar Heroes 26 – Paul McCartney’s 1966 Fender Jazz
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Paul McCartney slinging a sunburst ’66 Fender Jazz Bass, live at Abbey Road studio!
Apparently not part of Fender’s “gift package” of guitars and amps (they’d included a right-handed Jazz Bass), this sunburst model shows up in Abbey Road studio photos from “White Album” sessions. Its oval-shaped tuners are peculiar to the 1966 model year; Fender basses otherwise featured “clover leaf” tuners.
Paul and George jamming along during the White Album recording sessions
According to Walter Everett in The Beatles as Musicians (Volume 1), this Jazz Bass is played on five tracks: “Yer Blues,” “Glass Onion,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Sun King” and “Mean Mr. Mustard.” [Everett infers that the right-handed model was also used during the sessions, by Lennon ("Helter Skelter") and Harrison ("Back in the USSR.")] McCartney’s kept most of his instruments, and this probably is no exception.
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