Some great comments here-
Yes, I would say that Paul has music running through his veins, so much so that his ideas can come a bit too thick and fast- see the
inventive, overpowering bass lines on Something and Rain. Brilliant. I would argue that he is so intrinsically musical that he has never
hit virtuoso level on any instrument, save bass perhaps. Even on that instrument (and he is without argument the most famous rock bassist ever)
his abilities are not technical in the manner of Entwhistle or Flea or Stanley Clarke. or many others. The thing with Paul is the actual basslines-
its actually pretty phenomenal the number of those he has created, and, like Ringo, you can guess the track when his recording track is isolated...
On guitar, too- Taxman solo, The End bits he does on Abbey Road, Paperback Writer, Good Morning Good Morning solo- the list is amazing!
As a drummer, he was always willing to roll his sleeves up when needed, although decent timekeeping is the best you can claim, perhaps. Decent.
Going back to John Entwhistle for a moment, I have had debates in which people have said 'oh yeah The Ox is much better than Macca', etc. While The Who's
man was indeed a fabulous bass guitarist, he never wrote the same volume of instantly recognisable lines our man did. And then, too, Entwhistle
was a one-instrument guy- not a classic songwriter, (Boris...?) great vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. As someone said here, there are other
multi-talented, many-faceted musicians out there, more than there have ever been probably. But Macca, well he's ours, and a bit special, I would argue....