Playing Country on a Rickenbacker?

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  1. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

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    Does anybody play country or new country on a Rickenbacker?

    Anybody famous?
  2. Kenzy

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    I'm not that into the Country scene, but I can't name any Country bassists I've seen playing one... Do YOU play Country on a Ricky?
  3. Duke21

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  4. Kenzy

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    You misunderstood... he was asking about bassists that play Country...something Chris Squire certainly doesn't do.
  5. Rockin Mike

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    I love Rics but have an offer to do some country work. Just wondering if I have to go find a Fender to get some street cred :p
  6. Duke21

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    Listen to No opportunity necessary, No experience needed. Yes plays the Bonanza tune in this song. :D
  7. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

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    Do they know you play a ric? If so, go for it.

    I know all the country bands I played in looked for Fender on the headstock. It wasn't a deal breaker.... but everybody was just immediately more comfortable. YMMV.
  8. QweziRider

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    I've used my Ricks in country for years. Perfectly fine for the job.
  9. Sharknose79

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  10. LordRyan

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    Jim Sholter of Sawyer Brown has a Rickenbacker bass he has used occasionally.

    Randy Meisner of the Eagles has been seen with a Rick.

    James Kirkland played Rick bass with Ricky Nelson during his rockabilly era 1957-1960. He later played the Rick with Jim Reeves.
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You can play country on a swinette, so a Ric should be OK, too.
  12. bassmachine2112

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    Go for it.
    It will sit right in there with those twangy geetars.
    You,ll have loads of room to let a Ricky breathe and stretch it,s legs.
  13. jasper383

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    Why do you need someone famous to have done it for you to try it?


    I'm not sure I would walk into a potentially career-making studio session with only a Rickenbacker to play country, but if that's not the case, go for it.

    You can play just about anything with just about anything.
  14. lfmn16

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    Getting an authentic country sound has far less to do with the bass being played than the person playing it.
  15. mcm

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    never seen it but dang it would look cool, and set you apart.
  16. starmann

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    I'm sure they will take their roots and fifth's anyway they can get them.

    If anything, you will impress them with the Ric.

    Go for it.:bassist:
  17. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

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    Actually, Yes took all the quotes in "No Experience Needed" from the 1958 movie "The Big Country", great movie. great score.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6vREiRNMFc

    You can play anything on a Rick but if I was seriously doing country it would be on a P-bass, either a 4 or 5 string.
  18. schwartzbass

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    I'm sure Paul played one on country dreamer and salley g
  19. pklima

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    I remembered seeing one in this old video of "Redneck Mother":
  20. Rockin Mike

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    Just trying to dodge peoples' prejudices. I have maple Ibanez that *looks* more country, but the ric is well, a Ric.

    True.

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