With Paul McCartney coming to Salt Lake for his July 2010 concert I decided to really think big and build him a custom bass as a gift. My hope was that I could somehow find a contact that could make it happen. A friend of a brother later and it was accepted as one of 2 or 3 gifts to be presented to Paul. He got it just before the show and sent down a personal thank you letter to me. What a blast! I’m a huge fan. I've liked this guy and his music since I was 10. I built this bass for him to have it and as a way to say thanks. That’s happened and I’m a happy guy.
The neck is 3 piece maple and black walnut with a 2 way adjustable "Hot Rod" truss rod. I did a British flag on the back using tinted lacquer. All of the hardware is gold plated. The headpiece is bookmatched curly cottonwood to match the body.
The body top is made out of the most outrageous piece of wood I've ever used. It's bookmatched 1/4 inch thick curly cottonwood. It was from a salvaged tree in Cache Valley that was headed for the dump! The amount of flame in this wood is unsurpassed. I've hand-made the various parts, the bridge, the tailpiece, and the pickguard, out of ebony. The knobs are made from ebony and maple topped with mother of pearl. The pickup is a gold plated Hofner 500/1 bass pickup. The body and neck are clear coated with lacquer.
I hollowed out chambers in the body for lightness and resonance. Instead of a traditional f-hole, I carved in these designs in the upper and lower bouts. The area behind them is hollow and painted matte black. The body's edges are triple bound with black-white-black.
This curly cottonwood is amazing! I love the black ebony against it.
The fret markers are hand inlayed brass, black mother of pearl, white mother of pearl, and abalone. A Wings logo for Paul, psychedelic glasses for John, a Hindu om for George, an abalone star for Ringo and a lava lamp in memory of his late wife Linda. She loved lava lamps. They were always present on her keyboard in their Wings days.
The glasses are made from brass tubing with abalone inset into it.