Providence man crafts custom guitar for Paul McCartney

Dave Jorgensen of Providence will be among the thousands of fans on hand Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City for the Paul McCartney concert. He’ll likely be the only one in the stadium who has built a custom bass guitar that will have been presented to McCartney before the start of the concert. “It’s always been in the back of my mind, how fun it would be to build a bass for him,” said Jorgensen. “I took my daughter to see him in Las Vegas on her 18th birthday in 2001 and had the idea then, but didn’t act on it. When I found out in May that he was coming to Salt Lake I thought I would take a big chance and try to do this. “It usually takes me five or six months to build one but I knew I had to go faster on this one. Things came together quickly and I got it done. It looks like it’s going to happen.” Jorgensen, a fifth grade teacher at River Heights Elementary, said as the work was in progress he got in touch with President of Rio Tinto Stadium. “He said they are planning on presenting Paul with two or three gifts at a small meet and greet and this guitar will be one of them. They have assured me it will get to him. It’s more than I could ever have asked for.” Jorgensen said the bass guitar is known for taking care of the lower range of the music, normally with four strings, although it can go up to six strings. “This one is custom to him. Paul’s left-handed so I had to build it to accommodate him, which was a little bit of a challenge. Even to hold it your lap and play it is a real odd feeling.” Jorgensen said Beatles fans know that since the early 1960s McCartney has stayed with his old Hofner bass guitar in concerts. “It’s become so iconic to see him holding that old Hofner, that’s what fans expect. It has a rich, deep, great sound. One of the things that makes the Hofner special is that it’s a short scale base. It’s a 30-inch scale. That’s the way I built this one. I even profiled the back of the neck to feel like his Hofner neck. It’s got Hofner electronics in it, too. “When he picks this up, as I hope he will, it will feel right to him. It will be very usable. His sound man will know the sound. I also personalized it a little bit further with the shape and then I put some custom pearl inlays up the neck for him and for John and George and Ringo and a little thing on there for Linda, his wife of so many years.” The guitar is built from exotic wood with a Curly Cottonwood top on it. “There is so much flame and action going on in the wood. It turned out nice, I’m quite proud of it. “I put my whole heart into this one, I’ve been a huge Beatles fan since I was a kid,” said Jorgensen.To see Jorgensen’s other custom-made guitars, visit

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