“It was complete carnage... Keith and Ronnie were on their feet. The roof left the building”: Andrew Watt gifted Paul McCartney a ‘64 Höfner with a built-in Univox Super Fuzz circuit – and the Beatle used it on the new Rolling Stones album

Paul McCartney
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Later this week, The Rolling Stones will release Hackney Diamonds – the band’s first album of new material since 2005's A Bigger Bang, for which the rock ‘n’ roll royals recruited a number of high-profile collaborators.

Super-producer and electric guitar ace Andrew Watt – who has become an evergreen presence in the guitar world thanks to his work with Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Vedder, and others – is one of them. Paul McCartney is another.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.