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 Post subject: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 4:57 am 
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I remember reading somewhere that Paul McCartney stripped the Fireglo finish off his 4001 because he believed that it would make it 'better' somehow if it were a more natural wood finish. Now, I'm not for a moment planning to strip the finish off my 4003, still I was wondering if Sir Pauls bass has any sort of finish on it at all (Mapleglo finish) or is it just bare wood? Tung Oil?


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 5:40 am 
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I don't think McCartney said that. It sounds like something Harrison said about him and Lennon stripping the finish off of a couple of their guitars.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 5:50 am 
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I've heard that it is bare wood....and stinks. Lol. Years of sweat would do the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 6:08 am 
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I don't think McCartney said that. It sounds like something Harrison said about him and Lennon stripping the finish off of a couple of their guitars.


I think McCartney stripped his bass after Lennon and Harrison stripped their guitars. But I think the reason given was that it would somehow make it 'better'. Ultimately, I was wondering about the finish.....if there is one.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 7:20 pm 
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I believe he has had it refinished since then, I'm not sure though.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 2:32 am 
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It was Harrison that said it sounded better with the bare wood finish. McCartney's bass was stripped down. I don't know if it was done at the same time as John and George's guitar's were. From what I have heard the bass was cleaned up and sealed.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 11:50 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I knew I'd get some answers here.

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It was Harrison that said it sounded better with the bare wood finish. McCartney's bass was stripped down. I don't know if it was done at the same time as John and George's guitar's were. From what I have heard the bass was cleaned up and sealed.


Yes, but there are people on this forum that have actually *HELD* the bass in question and would know without doubt if the bass were finished, how/with what it was finished and probably even WHEN it was finished. I have an ulterior motive for asking this question (doing a refin myself but not on a Ric).......Furthermore, did John and Georges guitars remain unfinished or did they, later on, get a refin done on there guitars?



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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 12:39 am 
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George made the original comment in regards to his Epiphone Casino, which he and John both stripped. Both guitars remain with this natural wood color today. I think they both have a thin clear coat of lacquer on top, but I'm not 100% sure.

Paul's bass was also sanded, and it has been mentioned here before that it was not sanded particularly well. Take a look at RIC's 4001C64 FG and the 4001c64S... Look at the upper horn on the 'S' model - it is somewhat rounded off instead of contoured (as it is on the c64), because whoever sanded Paul's bass went a little too far.

In short, all three guitars (2 Casinos, 1 4001) are still sporting the natural wood color. All three guitars are still owned by their estates (+ Paul of course)...

Lastly, I have read that John was planning on getting his Casino refinished to the sunburst it originally had, but he never got the chance. Of course that could just be a rumor, but if he'd have toured in 1981, I think it's possible he would have wanted that guitar refinished.


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 1:28 am 
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Paul's bass was also sanded, and it has been mentioned here before that it was not sanded particularly well. Take a look at RIC's 4001C64 FG and the 4001c64S... Look at the upper horn on the 'S' model - it is somewhat rounded off instead of contoured (as it is on the c64), because whoever sanded Paul's bass went a little too far
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Paul's bass was originally sanded well. He took it to a shop in Soho to have it done professionally. When you look at pictures from around 1970 the bass had been sanded, but the horns were still intact. I'm not sure when McCartney sanded it again.

Below are links to pictures with and without horns.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o42/ ... M33142.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o42/ ... M71803.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: McCartneys original 4001
 Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:05 am 
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The finish is bare wood. The grain is a little green in some areas in photos I've seen, due to the lack of finish.


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