Check out the fab photo of Epiphone fan Brian Ray and his custom Alpine White Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass
. Mr. Ray accompanied Paul McCartney for McCartney's back to back appearances at Desert Trip in Indio, California, the once-in-a-lifetime festival which also featured The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and the Who.
McCartney's band also found time for a quick club date at Parry & Parriet's Pioneertown Palace (check out the photo from PM's Twitter page). Ron Howard's documentary on The Beatles' touring years, Eight Days A Week
, is still playing in theaters. Don't miss it and stay for the fab 1965 concert film of the boys at Shea Stadium. For more on The Beatles gear- fab gear, read our interview with Andy Babiuk
"McCartney bought his Casino and Texan right in London,"
said Babiuk. "John Mayall told me that the pubs in England would close at 11pm so if you wanted to continue drinking, you had to go to somebody's house. Mayall lived in Central London and had a great blues record collection and a lot of his musician friends would go to his flat to listen. He said McCartney was hanging out with him quite a bit in late 1964 and asking how he got all the sounds on these blues records--B.B. King and guys like that. And Mayall told him you gotta get a hollowbody electric guitar.
Now at the time in late 1964, McCartney could have called The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and said: 'You know Brian, I want to get a hollowbody electric, can you get me a left handed one? Can you call Gibson or Epiphone in the United States and get me a lefty?' And I would have to say that both Epiphone or Gibson would have bended over backwards in getting him a lefty. But Paul didn't care--he just wanted to shop and went out and bought them."