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In what Beatles albums/songs did Paul use the Ric?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by anyonefortennis, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Any particular recording I should listen for the Ric w/flats sound?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Magical Mystery Tour...e.g. "I Am The Walrus".
  3. John C. Reilly

    John C. Reilly

    Feb 24, 2004
    somebody knows more accurately than me but i believe 66 and later has the possibility of being the rick i. Pepper and magical mystery tour almost certain.
  4. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    the first one was Paperback Writer and it's B-side, Rain... very loud bass & startlingly different to any other Beatle bass up to that point

    then Sgt Pepper & Magical Mystery tour all have that sound too

    Penny Lane and With A Little Help From My Friends are good examples of the McCartney Rickenbacker sound from this period...

    other ingredients to the sound are string mutes (use a bit of foam or use a pick and palm-mute it)... and I read in Mark Lewisohn's 'The complete Beatles recording sessions' that around this time they started mic'ing up his bass cabinet with a speaker as a microphone (!) the vibration of the speaker coil in the magnet acting just like a dynamic microphone:

    engineer Geoff Emerick said "Paperback Writer was the first time the bass sound had been heard in all its excitement. For a start, Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker. Then we boosted it further by using a loudspeaker as a microphone. We positioned it directly in front of the bass speaker and the moving diaphragm of the second speaker made the electric current"
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  5. That Ric just resonates throughout Penny Lane. I never cease to be amazed at the depth of Sir Paul's work.
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  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Rubber Soul was the first album in which the Rickenbacker was used. You can tell that the opening tune "Drive my Car" was not played on a Hofner.
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  7. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Here's the Ric I play with my Beatles trib band.
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  8. Interesting...

    Is it just me, or do you have it strung in reverse of most basses. I notice that (should you actually wear it left-handed like it's made), your E-string is on the bottom instead of the top. Personal preference?
  9. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I learned on a borrowed right-handed bass, played upside-down, so when I got my own left-handed bass I was used to playing with the E-string on bottom so I restring and replace the nut on any lefty bass I buy.
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  10. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    A lot of the white album is Ric as well. There's a website that lists what was used on each tune, someone will come along & link it shortly I'm sure.

    I think Baby You're A Rich Man really showcases that ric w/ flats sound.
  11. Thanks. That's pretty cool. (and unique!) :D
  12. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Paperback Writer and Rain still get me excited. Love those sounds from Sir Paul. :cool:

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  14. bigtexashonk

    bigtexashonk Supporting Member

    I think Penny Lane is the textbook example of the Ric with flats.

    I also thought Rain was the Hofner.

    I've got one of each (both with flats), and while tonally similar, the Hofner gets a much more round cello-like tone.
  15. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    To me, this short lick is the ultimate showcase of McCartney's Ric tone (and terrific groove! :bassist: ).
  16. Yeah, baby!:bassist:
  17. If you pan your stereo to the appropriate sides on Yer Blues and Helter Skelter you get a really great example of his Ric sound.
    Heavy don't do it justice.:bassist:
  18. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    Sir Paul McCartney.. the most successful "failed guitarist" who ever lived!

    All hail!!
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  19. new_west


    Dec 28, 2005
    San Diego
    I love his lines so much.. yes Hail Sir Paul!!!
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  20. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Paul in a recent issue of the German "Gitarre und Bass" magazine.

    "I began using the rickenbacker as my main studio bass around the Rubbersoul sessions. It stayed in tune better than my Höfner and it enabled me to play some of the motown inspired bass lines high up the neck without sounding flat."

    Also it's worth to note that in his wings days Paul used his Rick on "Band on the run" check out that powerfull tone he had on that track.

    And an even less known fact, he had a second rickenbacker in the wings days.


    Probably as a spare bass. Also visible is the Jazzbass Fender gave him when the Beatles got an endorsement deal with them (that's probably also where he got the telecaster he's seen playing in this shot from) which resulted in his fender Bassman 100 amps he used in the later Beatles years.
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