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BassSpotting: Rick Laird's bass

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

  1. Duplo42


    Jan 23, 2007
    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

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Those pickups are not original either.

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


    Jan 23, 2007
    Ah, indeed, but that's not the point - its a cool bass and a rare sight, that's all.
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  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    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:
  5. 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!
  6. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    No, that was Rick Grech. Rick Laird played with Mahavishnu Orchestra.
  7. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    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.
  8. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    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.
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  9. Duplo42


    Jan 23, 2007
    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...
  10. markanini


    Jun 25, 2008
    Hey I found Michael Boltons Harmonica!
  11. Oh yeah, thanks. Couldn't hear much of his playing in Inner Mounting Flame, but that music! Unbelievable!
  12. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    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.

  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

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

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Is it all original? :bag:
  15. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    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.
  16. baste_artist


    Jun 9, 2013
  17. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
  18. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Yeah, that album was a rush job, and the tracks and the mix are rough. Good headphones are best for hearing Rick's parts clearly. Many of them double guitar and/or keys and//or violin. Lots of unison parts on that recording.
  19. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    It is a shame that bass looks nothing like what Rick played when I saw the MO. If it was unmolested I would be very tempted to buy it.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2014
  20. tomshad


    Feb 15, 2007
    I studied with rick and remember it being a dark blonde unfinished bass .