Beatles Paperback Writer guitar tone

Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ Guitar Tone Recreation with Kuassa’s Lancaster

The legendary Liverpool guitar tone shines through with Kuassa’s Lancaster on Beatle’s ‘Paperback Writer”. In this article, we want to introduce you and at least touch a little bit to that bygone world that left us with the magic of The Beatles and still a vivid memory for them. Preset & Audio Demo included!

For this band called The Beatles, it can be indubitably said they are the greatest and most influential rock band in history, emerged from the vibrant music scene of Liverpool, England, and very soon became world’s favorite. Consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, The Beatles not just revolutionized music back then, but also made an influence on fashion, and the whole popular culture in the 1960s.

The Early Years (1957-1960)

The story of The Beatles begins in the late 1950s when the sixteen years old John Lennon and fifteen years old Paul McCartney first met at St. Peter’s, Woolton’s Parish Church in Liverpool. Their common feeling of love for music brought them to the formation of a band called The Quarrymen in 1957, where Lennon was on guitar and McCartney on bass. George Harrison joined the group in 1958 as lead guitarist. After a few different names, the band eventually stopped on The Beatles in 1960 which was a mix between “beat” and “beatle”.

The Cavern Club and Brian Epstein (1961)

In 1961, The Beatles started to play often at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where they grabbed the fans attention and soon was spotted by Brian Epstein, a local record store owner who took them and shaped their rock group as a professional line-up focused on pop sound, and at the same time the producer George Martin developed their studio recordings.

Beatlemania and International Stardom (1963-1964)

The debut single of the band was called “Love Me So” in 1962, and right after that their popularity took over the globe with the hits like “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You.”The term “Beatlemania” circulated amongst teenagers and was given to describe the excitement and the hysteria around the band’s toures. In 1964, they made their legendary appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” introducing the British Invasion in the United States.

Musical Evolution (1965-1966)

Changing the music is a part of the growth of every artist, so that happened to The Beatles through their journey. Albums like “Rubber Soul” (1965) and “Revolver” (1966) showcased their innovative songwriting and studio experimentation. Songs like “Yesterday,” “In My Life,” and “Eleanor Rigby” revealed their lyrical depth.

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)

In 1967, The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” this was and is one of the greatest in rock history. The techniques of innovative production and combinations of different musical styles pushed the boundaries in the whole known music.

The End of an Era (1969)

There is no band without struggles. The Beatles’ career had internal tensions in the 1960s. Their final live performance took place on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London on January 30, 1969, immortalized in the film “Let It Be.” It wasn’t long after, the band broke up in 1970.

Legacy and Influence

Despite their relatively short career, The Beatles left a memorable mark on music and popular culture. Their influence can still be heard in many, many bands and artists all over different genres. They left timeless songs which continue to captivate new generations of music fans, and we can see even today their impact on fashion industry and culture.

“Paperback Writer” Song and Recreating the guitar tone with Lancaster

Released in 1966,”Paperback Writer” was one of the classic songs by The Beatles, and later included on the compilation album “Hey Jude” in the United States and on “Past Masters” in the United Kingdom. It can be called a hit, but not just this one, rather one of the many and it was often praised for its catchy melody, good lyrics, and specific sound.

“Paperback Writer” was written by Paul McCartney at first, and then completed by John Lennon. It was like an escape from the love-themed songs that were usually typical for The Beatles’ earlier work. “Paperback Writer” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in April 1966. The recording process was remembered for the advanced studio techniques that weren’t used in the time, including the use of close-miking on the drums and other instruments.

“Paperback Writer” was a standalone single with great commercial success, it reached the top charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Guitar Tone Recreation:

Let’s first recreate the tone using our VST plugin version of the Lancaster Amp Simulator. Then, we can quickly create a preset for Amplifikation 360 by adding some reverb and possibly a noise gate at the front to meet modern standards for a noise-free signal.

After perusing several interviews, it’s evident that the amplifier in question is indeed a Vox amp, renowned for producing those iconic British tones. In an interview with McCartney, he confirmed that he played the guitar riff for “Paperback Writer” on his Casino guitar.

The blend of both the normal and top boost channels is delivering that classic British tone with a rich and full sound. Additionally, both microphones are set to an out-of-phase configuration, with the Condenser 414’s phase switch turned on. This deliberate setup was aimed at closely emulating the original guitar tone from the recording.

The Audio Demo:

Download the presets from here:

A360 Preset:

The preset file for Amplifikation 360 is named “Amplifikation Lancaster – Paperback Writer Tone.klcp.” After extracting it from the zip file, you can find and copy the file at:


C:\Users\[User Name]\Documents\Kuassa\Presets\Amplifikation360


/Users/[User Name]/Music/Kuassa/Presets/Amplifikation360

Amplifikation Lancaster preset:

The preset file for Amplifikation Lancaster is named “Amplifikation Lancaster – Paperback Writer Tone_Single.klcp.” After extracting it from the zip file, you can find and copy the file at:


C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Kuassa\Presets\AmplifikationLancaster


/Users/[User Name]/Music/Kuassa/Presets/AmplifikationLancaster

Final Words:

The Beatles went from being young musicians in Liverpool to becoming famous worldwide, showing their talent, creativity, and importance in culture. Their music appealed to different generations and still inspires and entertains today. As John Lennon put it, “I hope we did well,” and indeed, The Beatles did more than that; they created a lasting legacy in music history.