BassSpotting: Rick Laird's bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Duplo42, Dec 29, 2013.


  1. Duplo42

    Duplo42

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    Saw Rick Laird's personal bass at Bass Northwest in Seattle, thought of taking couple of pics for the fans of Rick (me being one) - sorry for crappy cellphone pics, in person is much warmer walnut natural finish - might drop by again and take proper ones.
    It's a '66 j-bass body (incl. his sig) with brass (?) pickguard and Modulus graphite neck. Thing plays and feels and sounds bloody great.
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  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Those pickups are not original either.

    Can't call it a 1966 Fender when 75% is no longer Fender parts.
  3. Duplo42

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    Ah, indeed, but that's not the point - its a cool bass and a rare sight, that's all.
  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Cool! Agree about calling it a 1966 Jazz Bass. I'll give the shop half the asking price for the bass.

    The only time I got to see Rick perform was with the MO in 1972, they opened for Frank Zappa & TMOI. :bassist:
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  6. bachlover

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    Played for Blind Faith, right? Ginger Baker didn't like his playing but he just finished off playing years with Jack Bruce - tough act to follow! I was wondering why the low price for a celebrity signed 66' Jazz..... Thanks for the pics!
  7. KPJ

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    No, that was Rick Grech. Rick Laird played with Mahavishnu Orchestra.
  8. Roscoe East

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    Is the body the only original part on the bass? I didn't think Fender made walnut bodies in '66. (Or is it walnut-colored ash or alder?)

    Doesn't really matter, a beat-up body w/ Schaller bridge and BassStar neck is probably a killer instrument. I'd rock that thing fo' sure.

    Anyone have a clue when Rick played that axe? I've seen pics of him with some sunburst Fenders and a lucite Ampeg Dan Armstrongs with Mahavishnu, and with a Carl Thompson when he toured with Return To Forever, but never a walnut w/ Modulus neck.
  9. kohntarkosz

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    For me the Rick Laird bass is his sunburst P bass with added mudbucker at the neck. It crops up in most of the concert footage from the period. He moved over to a lucite Dan Armstrong bass after that. This Jazz could be anything, but I think the word 'mutt' about covers it.
  10. Duplo42

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    I agree bout the P bass - having a chance to play that one would be a total blast! Still this bass feels great when played - like a real players instrument - no matter the frankenstein appearence - it simply wants to be played. I would definitely go for it if my wallet would allow...
  11. markanini

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    Hey I found Michael Boltons Harmonica!
    :bag:
  12. bachlover

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    Oh yeah, thanks. Couldn't hear much of his playing in Inner Mounting Flame, but that music! Unbelievable!
  13. alembicbones

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    When I last stopped by Bass NW, I heard a customer demoing this bass. It sounded very nice. It's not my cup o' tea but somebody might find it to their liking. It's definitely more of a player's bass than a collectable.

    Bones
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Hence, the asking price is a bit high IMO.
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Is it all original? :bag:
  16. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    You do have a point. I don't know how many 196x basses I've seen where most of the bass isn't from that year.

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