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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Hullerum View Post

    I was browsing through burstserial.com today and found some interesting guitars that corroborate my theory of the "batch of four".

    Just take the first four guitars on Julios site in the gallery of 1957:

    7-1337
    7-1382
    7-1385
    7-1890

    They are all lefthanded. What a beginning!

    The next four guitars (righthanded of course) spot a black pickguard pp.

    7-2371
    7-2540
    7-2543
    7-2901

    Only a strange coincidence?


    Fred
    However, those 4 lefty 57 GTs have cream hardware, yet they have serial numbers below the black hardware "first" PAF GTs, and they are in the number range of 57 P-90 GTs.
    No explanations available, except our own guesses.
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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Can anyone think of another show that gives you this much vintage Gibson at arena decibles?

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by mainerd72 View Post
    Can anyone think of another show that gives you this much vintage Gibson at arena decibles?
    & Epiphone..


    put yourself in john hammel (paul's tech ) place here.....the '60 Les Paul in one hand, and the bass ...going ...going...


    ...the keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wikens needs a drink watching this scene,me too.
    Last edited by oceantoad; 08-26-10 at 10:47 PM.

  4. #84

    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    a beautiful guitar, a beautiful man..


  5. #85

    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Les himself might disagree as well.



    The neck on the original "log" was an Epiphone neck.

  6. #86

    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    I'm sure I'm not the first to wonder. Why does Paul"s burst have this nearly black area on the bass side just above the neck? Not a tag tan line, IMO. GREAT pics! Thanks for posting them.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Great pics, thanks for sharing them.

    I'm sure after 50+ years Sir Paul has figured out how to keep his strap on his instrument LOL.
    AND a strap (Braces with clips!!) on his pants too...lol

    Did he talk about his vintage guitars at the show? A non-guitar friend went and came back all excited about Maccas old guitars out on tour too...

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    mainerd72 said: "Can anyone think of another show that gives you this much vintage Gibson at arena decibles?"

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers....Between Petty, Campbell and Scott Thurston, I'd venture a guess of 40 to 60 guitars a night. Of course not all are Gibson, but all use vintage gear, and all three play a different instrument on virtually every song of their set list (which is between 15-25 songs, depending on the show). I hear tell they bring along over a 100 guitars on their tours. I can't verify that (wish I could personally though!), but have heard it on a couple of different occassions.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    While it is true that Tom Petty and Mike Campbell tour with a wide assortment of vintage guitars and amps, it's also true that Mike recently acquired a burst, however, he does not appear to be taking his burst out for gigs.

    Even so, it's wonderful that these artists care about their live sound and that we have a chance to hear great gear in action played by great players.
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    "The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

    - Bill Watterson, creator of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes".

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    I'm sure after 50+ years Sir Paul has figured out how to keep his strap on his instrument LOL.
    Looks like he uses the same disc loks on his Burst, that I have been using on mine for 25 years.
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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by Frickengruvin View Post
    mainerd72 said: "Can anyone think of another show that gives you this much vintage Gibson at arena decibles?"

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers....Between Petty, Campbell and Scott Thurston, I'd venture a guess of 40 to 60 guitars a night. Of course not all are Gibson, but all use vintage gear, and all three play a different instrument on virtually every song of their set list (which is between 15-25 songs, depending on the show). I hear tell they bring along over a 100 guitars on their tours. I can't verify that (wish I could personally though!), but have heard it on a couple of different occassions.
    Its hard 2 beat The Heartbreakers live 4 sure! I was trying to avoid the "pun" "Vintage Paul" The Stones are also good for vintage gear. I didn't realize McCartney's band toured with their 50's Lesters, great thread!...... Maybe this will give The Rev. an itch to take Mrs.Pearly out for a gig.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by BurstWurst View Post
    I'm sure I'm not the first to wonder. Why does Paul"s burst have this nearly black area on the bass side just above the neck? Not a tag tan line, IMO. GREAT pics! Thanks for posting them.
    IIRC, the guy from TOTO had a burst (right handed) with a very similar fade pattern. Sorry for not remembering the name. I'm thinking it was Steve Lukather.
    Also this guitar heavily supports what Tom is always saying about bursts being all cherry sunburst but fading darker or lighter. Next time we have that debate we will use Paul's burst as exibit A.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by Otto 57 View Post
    Also this guitar heavily supports what Tom is always saying about bursts being all cherry sunburst but fading darker or lighter. Next time we have that debate we will use Paul's burst as exibit A.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by BurstWurst View Post
    Why does Paul"s burst have this nearly black area on the bass side just above the neck? Not a tag tan line, IMO.
    The theory/assumption is that when they were spraying the cherry part of the burst, there was an area where the paint wasn't sticking for some reason, so they shot that area again and again until the cherry color was uniform. BUT there are now 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 coats of red paint in this area. Some Bursts also get extra coats of red at the bass side of the neck (hard to get the red to stick up close to the binding), and you can see this effect on the bottom of Spot. If you think of a Burst fading like layers of paint being peeled off, this area had many more layers of paint that hadn't faded away yet. On top of that, the formulations of the cherry red dyes Gibson sprayed varied and some of them get darker with age.

    When this guitar was brand new it probably looked pretty much like any other brand new cherry sunburst Les Paul. However, I believe Macca's guitar is stamped as a factory 2nd and it was probably this area of finish problems that made it a 2nd. Might have been even been sent back through the line to get that area fixed with even more coats of red.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Paul's band is the best since The Beatles. They're a great band.

    Any shots of the backline gear. What amps does Brian Ray use? What's in the racks? I've gotten obsesed with the McCartney band lately. Rusty Anderson has become my latest guitar hero.
    Save the '68 Gold Tops!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by TW59 View Post
    Looks like he uses the same disc loks on his Burst, that I have been using on mine for 25 years.
    Wow, I can only imagine what else you two have in common

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    Wow, I can only imagine what else you two have in common
    Well, we both play late 1960 Bursts.







    That's about it.
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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by pablomago View Post
    ....Brian Ray...What's in the racks? I've gotten obsesed with the McCartney band lately. Rusty Anderson has become my latest guitar hero.
    pablomago,
    it would take me hours..start here..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIx20yg_DwA

    Both, Mr.B.Ray and Mr.Anderson have new, very tasty, releases...'ere you go...
    www.brianray.com
    www.rustyanderson.com
    while we wait 4 Maccas new one...
    stay tuned...


    ...those were the days !


    Thanks Tom ,I needed that! We all have something in common ...

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Ummm - does Rusty's white humbuckered SG have a standard SG headstock, or a less wider one like a vintage Les Paul? Man, do I have GAS for one of those...

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by Frickengruvin View Post
    mainerd72 said: "Can anyone think of another show that gives you this much vintage Gibson at arena decibles?"

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers....Between Petty, Campbell and Scott Thurston, I'd venture a guess of 40 to 60 guitars a night. Of course not all are Gibson, but all use vintage gear, and all three play a different instrument on virtually every song of their set list (which is between 15-25 songs, depending on the show). I hear tell they bring along over a 100 guitars on their tours. I can't verify that (wish I could personally though!), but have heard it on a couple of different occassions.
    Quote by Steve Ferrone from page 201 of Running Down a Dream:

    I found the Heartbreakers a little bit strange because they don't really hang out like normal bands. Most bands go out to clubs and hang out. The Heartbreakers go shopping for old instruments. That's their excitement.

    Now that's our kind of band!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by TW59 View Post
    Well, we both play late 1960 Bursts.







    That's about it.
    Tom ...if you had on a Beatle jacket and was a lefty you'd look just like 'em.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    Tom ...if you had on a Beatle jacket and was a lefty you'd look just like 'em.
    He does!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    "What's that man movin' cross the stage?
    It looks a lot like the one used by jimmy page
    Its like a relic from a different age"

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    "What's that man movin' cross the stage?
    It looks a lot like the one used by jimmy page
    Its like a relic from a different age"
    yeah yeah ...and at this place..!


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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by oceantoad View Post
    He does!
    Strange, that's how it felt when I played last night.
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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    at Yankee Stadium, still going strong ! >no relation to the lefty above

    Last edited by oceantoad; 07-21-11 at 02:22 AM.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60








    check in for the drum solo and Lester at 5:00 ...it looks ^ like he is thanking someone here eh?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqBxzxlk9Jo

    Linda McCartney's gift to Paul that just keeps on giving ...
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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Awesome!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Great topic, amazing pictures, thanks to all involved.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Great pics. I just wanted to add that Paul is a MONSTER talent. I saw him couple of years ago and his vocals, were still strong although the key of a few tunes were lowered.

    What a force those two must have been in the early days when Lennon shared the stage with him.

    A lot of the solos that people assumed was George was actually Paul!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Great pics! Rusty's a dear friend of mine, and I've known Brian and Abe for years. Please say hi to them for me.

    - J.J. Blair

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Rumor has it that they might be playing Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, this year. On the Run !





    this band has been together longer than the bloody Beatles.


    Last edited by oceantoad; 07-21-11 at 05:44 PM.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Montreal next week!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Montreal next week!

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    I can't remember who built Rusty's Firebird for him, but it's not a Gibson. Pretty cool though, with the wrap around and humbuckers.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Blair View Post
    I can't remember who built Rusty's Firebird for him, but it's not a Gibson. Pretty cool though, with the wrap around and humbuckers.
    Ill ask some friends going to the Chicago show to inquire . Maybe Carruthers?
    Here it is after the Moscow gig with "his band", in Fullerton.
    Ill touch base with him after the tour.

    Nice SG too..







    He is definitely a Gibson kinda guy !








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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Detroit tonight..."who's that man moving cross the stage ?"

    Hope all in attendance have a blast...


    Last edited by oceantoad; 07-24-11 at 05:35 PM.

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    LP in good hands + 10 years ago... ...w/ a touch of Purple Haze

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8-vJlImZ_Y

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    Re: Paul McCartney's Touring '60

    Nice! But I heard "Foxy Lady" instead . . . . .

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