Hal Leonard Releases The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock's Bottom 2nd Edition

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Montclair, NJ (Sept 15, 2017) - This second edition of the popular The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock's Bottom features 16 bonus pages with up-to-date information on Rickenbacker's latest electric bass models, more photo coverage of artists playing Ricks, and some eye-popping custom-built iterations of the classic Rickenbacker electric bass.

    With the introduction of the two-pickup 4001 model in 1961, the Rickenbacker bass became a phenomenon. The Beatles's use use of Rickenbacker instruments was pivotal: teen groups everywhere wanted to have the same instruments the Beatles used so they could achieve the "right" sound. With its ultra-modern design that made the classic Fender precision bass look downright old-fashioned, the Rick quickly became a darling of progressive bands that loved its look as much as its different sound.
    The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock's Bottom is the first book to trace the history of the iconic guitar, from its prototypes through its explosion of popularity in such bands as the Beatles, Yes, Deep Purple, and Motorhead, to name but a few. Lavishly illustrated with archival shots, this is a must-have book not only for anyone who plays the Rick but also for anyone who plays the bass guitar.

    About the author:
    As a life-long lover of music and a career writer and editor, Paul was naturally drawn to creating a much-needed reference book on Rickenbacker bass guitars. While participating in the on-line Rickenbacker Resource Forum (www.rickresource.com/forum), he saw the need for a book that would clearly describe and illustrate all the different bass models from each other and correct once and for all a lot of misperceptions about their features, availability, and production timelines. He started the effort in 2004, first attending many Rickenbacker collectors' "confluences" around the United States and photographing hundreds of basses. With the help from Rickenbacker factory insiders and informed collectors around the world, enough information was gathered to form the clear and concise text of the book.

    Available at Backwingstore.com
    Publisher: Hal Leonard Books
    Format: Softcover
    Page Count: 160
    Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
    ISBN: 9781495095214

  2. byoung93888

    byoung93888 Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Great Book!
    superdick2112 and PaulBoyer like this.
  3. wagdog


    Mar 20, 2000
    Der Waffle Haus
    Great book indeed! Let's not forget that @PaulBoyer is also a TB member who readily shares his wealth of Ric knowledge. And those 16 extra pages are now calling to me...
  4. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Does this mean I have to buy the 2nd Edition to go with my 1st Edition copy? ;) :D
  5. BigEarl


    Sep 29, 2003
    Elgin, TX
    Chris Squire IS Rickenbacker!
    BrentSimons likes this.
  6. Congrats @PaulBoyer I can only imagine how much time and effort went into a comprehensive study of one of the most polarizing bass guitars in all of pop rock history. Good luck with it, and thanks for your contributions and helping us "keep it real" here at the always loving and friendly Talk Bass.
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