Rush bassist and lead vocalist Geddy Lee revealed a story about The Beatles’ bassist Paul McCartney and his first-ever bass guitar while talking about his book ‘Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass.’
As you may remember, bassist Geddy Lee released a book titled ‘Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass’ back on December 18, 2018. In the book, there is a graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddy’s basses on Rush’s final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017 along with many other stories about his personal experiences.
The critics and fans loved the book since most of them stated that it is the finest bass book with sincere appreciation, great humor, and keen attention to detail. The Rolling Stone and Billboard praised Lee’s book by referring to it as ‘epic’ and ‘treasure.’
During an appearance on Louder Sound, Geddy Lee opened up about his book and revealed that his huge bass collection came from putting together the iconic basses like Paul McCartney’s Höfner violin bass, Jack Bruce’s Gibson bass.
Lee also revealed that one of the greatest stories in the book is actually about Paul McCartney and his first bass which is Höfner, to be more specific, a model called Cavern. Lee stated that he explained Cavern in detail which is often confused with other basses.
Here is what Lee said:
“One of the great stories in the book is about Paul McCartney’s first bass, which is legendary. It was his first Höfner, which is a model called a Cavern.
I felt one of the jobs I had to do was to explain exactly what a Cavern is because there are many basses referred to as a Beatle bass or a Cavern bass, but they only made that exact model that Paul played for four months in 1961, with those exact features.
There are others that came out afterward that sort of look like it, but they’re not a Cavern. A true Cavern has to have certain specifications. So that was one of the hardest basses for me to find.“
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