Played my first Ricky!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dakine, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. Last night I went to a jam and played my first Rickenbacker. It was a 70's original, and it was the actual bass used on Chaka Khan's "Tell me Something Good!" The amp was an old Carvin head with a 2x15 speaker.

    The really cool thing about playing this bass fingerstyle was how, by plucking the strings just slightly harder, you could get a hint of buzz that makes the note stand out. Even on really low notes.

    Playing slap was a little bit of a challenge, had a hard time coaxing a convincing "thump". But popping the strings was great - very cool vintage woody sound, exactly like those old Sly Stone tunes.

    My normal bass is a Pedulla Rapture, which sounds like a P-bass with really bright highs.
  2. Ricks have a sound of their own. My '61 model 4000 has a brilliant, clean low end sound much like a piano!

    I love the tone of my old ricky, they rock!

  3. That's called growl in my book. Doesn't it sound sweeeeet?!? :bassist: :cool: