Dig My Rig, March 2012

THOUGH I HAVE A FEW different bass rigs, this is certainly my more unique setup.
By ZACHARY KEENE, RAYNHAM, MASSACHUSETTS ,

THOUGH I HAVE A FEW different bass rigs, this is certainly my more unique setup. On the left is a 2005 Höfner 500/1 ’63 reissue, and on the right is an all-original 1963 Höfner 500/1. That’s the same year and exact specs as the one that Paul McCartney made so famous with that little band from Liverpool. The cab is a reproduction Vox T-100 with two 15” speakers, also the same as the one Paul used in the early years with the Beatles. It’s powered by a Gallien-Krueger 700RB-II head. I’ve been using this rig mainly for a Beatles tribute band (got to have the sound and look, right?), though occasionally I’ll use it on other gigs, as well. The Höfners sound fantastic. Nothing else comes close to the tone that is produced by these little basses—plunky, round, and phat.

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