You see, Paul Mc Cartney didn’t want to play the bass guitar in the first place.
In the early 1960s, The Beatles were playing in Hamburg, Germany, with bassist Stu Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best.
It fell apart when I got to Hamburg—the sweat and the damp and the getting knocked around, falling over and stuff.
So in Hamburg, with my guitar bust, I turned to the piano.” In mid-1961, bass player Sutcliffe gave his notice, saying that he intended to stay in Hamburg when the band went back to England.
With gigs in England already booked, the Beatles needed a bass player.
Paul explained that “none of us wanted to be the bass player; it wasn’t the number-one job. singing, looking good.” With little time to find and break in a bass player, it was decided that Paul would play bass, and to do so he needed a bass guitar.
It doesn’t seem to make any difference whether the endorsement is paid or unpaid.The new bass was light, playable and much more attractive than its primary American competitors, the Gibson Electric Bass and the Fender Precision Bass.The original 500/1 had a 30-inch scale—the length of the strings from the nut to the bridge—with the back and sides made from laminated flamed maple and finished in nitrocellulose lacquer.Oprah endorsed the Clarisonic skincare device on her show, and sales rose from 1.7 million in 2005 to more than 40 million in 2008.Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the i Grill on his Facebook page, and two hours later the i Grill website crashed due to an overwhelming number of visitors.Paul arrived in Hamburg as a six-string guitar player, toting a brand-new Rosetti Solid Seven electric guitar that he purchased in Liverpool.In a 1995 interview for Bass Player Magazine, Mc Cartney says of the Rosetti: ” It was a terrible guitar. It had a nice paint job, but it was a disastrous, cheap guitar.In early production the top was solid spruce, as with a violin top, but the top was later changed to laminated spruce.The laminated spruce didn’t vibrate as freely as the solid-spruce top, but it was much more durable and less prone to cracking.Paul admitted that his first choices were a Gibson or a Fender, but at close to £100, their price was out of reach.He found a Hofner 500/1 at the Steinway Music Center in Hamburg for an affordable £30, and the guitar had the added benefit of being visually symmetrical; it would look as good played right or left-handed. The Hofner violin bass was designed by Walter Hofner, son of the founder, and introduced at the Frankfurt Music Trade Show in 1956.