Beatles Using Fender Twin Reverb Amps: Get back/Let It Be

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It never dawned on me that I was listening to Fender amps on Let It Be. Once I see them in the new documentary footage...it was like "of course".

The whole concept of the record...recording live with no overdubs was a vastly different approach after making stuff like Sgt Pepper's....but the album has a much different mood, and yes... different guitar tone.

I think the Twin Reverbs are the obvious tone when I listen back to the record now. Funny how I never realized it till I saw Tim Pierce talk about it.
 

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As I'm going through it, I'm struck by how nonchalant they all are about their gear. Paul prefers his Hofner because it's lighter, and doesn't even bring the Rickenbacker in to the studio until he's asked to. John plays his Casino on everything he plays electric guitar on. George switches guitars, but only has a few there...

I'll bet they're playing Twin Reverbs because Fender sent them for free. If they'd gotten free amps from Marshall instead, we'd be hearing totally different guitar tones on the record.
 

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That was one of the coolest parts of the series for me...they're just playing and not really fiddling over stuff. Sure, I'm a bit of a gearhead and I have many friends who are similarly inclined and I doubt I'll ever break out of that "character," but I loved watching John just roll up, plug in his Casino and go.

As I'm going through it, I'm struck by how nonchalant they all are about their gear. Paul prefers his Hofner because it's lighter, and doesn't even bring the Rickenbacker in to the studio until he's asked to. John plays his Casino on everything he plays electric guitar on. George switches guitars, but only has a few there...

I'll bet they're playing Twin Reverbs because Fender sent them for free. If they'd gotten free amps from Marshall instead, we'd be hearing totally different guitar tones on the record.
 

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As I'm going through it, I'm struck by how nonchalant they all are about their gear. Paul prefers his Hofner because it's lighter, and doesn't even bring the Rickenbacker in to the studio until he's asked to. John plays his Casino on everything he plays electric guitar on. George switches guitars, but only has a few there...

I'll bet they're playing Twin Reverbs because Fender sent them for free. If they'd gotten free amps from Marshall instead, we'd be hearing totally different guitar tones on the record.

I dig it. I think if you go into something with 'what can we make with what we've got' vs. 'It has to be X or we can't do it' one leads to a lot more production, happiness and 'magic'.
 

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Those Twin Reverbs, the Bassman, and George’s rosewood Tele were all gifts from Fender. Britain had just relaxed their import taxes and Fender wanted to prime the market as well as the cache of supplying the Beatles.

There was also a rosewood Strat shipped to Jimi, but it is not known if it was ever received or what became of it.
 

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As I'm going through it, I'm struck by how nonchalant they all are about their gear. Paul prefers his Hofner because it's lighter, and doesn't even bring the Rickenbacker in to the studio until he's asked to. John plays his Casino on everything he plays electric guitar on. George switches guitars, but only has a few there...

I'll bet they're playing Twin Reverbs because Fender sent them for free. If they'd gotten free amps from Marshall instead, we'd be hearing totally different guitar tones on the record.

Fender loaded them up with all kinds of gear - the Twins, Paul's Bassman, The Bass VI and George's Rosewood Tele prototype, a solid state PA system and the Rhodes piano used by Billy Preston. Brian Epstein swung a deal early on that the band would use Vox amps exclusively (although they occasionally used Fender stuff going back the the Revolver album), but after he passed Fender saw an opening and went for it.

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That was one of the coolest parts of the series for me...they're just playing and not really fiddling over stuff. Sure, I'm a bit of a gearhead and I have many friends who are similarly inclined and I doubt I'll ever break out of that "character," but I loved watching John just roll up, plug in his Casino and go.
I was struck by that too. I laughed when the sound engineer asked Paul if he could change the bass tone on his hofner, and Paul replied “I’m not really sure what these knobs do, so I guess the answer is no, I can’t.”
lol
 

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Fender loaded them up with all kinds of gear - the Twins, Paul's Bassman, The Bass VI and George's Rosewood Tele prototype, a solid state PA system and the Rhodes piano used by Billy Preston. Brian Epstein swung a deal early on that the band would use Vox amps exclusively (although they occasionally used Fender stuff going back the the Revolver album), but after he passed Fender saw an opening and went for it.

- D
Yeah, from what I have read, the Vox agreement was with Epstein, not with the Beatles. When Epstein died, the deal became null and void.
 

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Just a thought--what if the Beatles had played the Rooftop Concert through Marshall Double-Stack amps instead of Fender Combo amps?

Instead of asking the Beatles nicely to cease and desist, the police might have carted them all off to jail.
 

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As I'm going through it, I'm struck by how nonchalant they all are about their gear.
Yeah, and I noticed how they just leave their guitars lying around all over the place. Leaning against an amp, lying on the floor, balanced on a chair, wherever. Oops, it fell over, no biggie.
 

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They are using Silverface amps too, not using blackface amps. Saw a Yes video where Steve Howe was playing through silverface Dual Showmans. Didn't seen to bother them.

I wonder if the musicians back then were into their gear / tone as they are now (except for the Helix thing but that is another subject).
 

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I think they were focused on being musicians rather than being technicians when on film.

They probably had what technical knowledge they needed, but were also flexible in order to achieve their aims, and willing to trust and leave the details to others to stay focused.
 




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