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Playing Country on a Rickenbacker?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rockin Mike, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Does anybody play country or new country on a Rickenbacker?

    Anybody famous?
  2. 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


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Chris Squire, kind of
  4. You misunderstood... he was asking about bassists that play Country...something Chris Squire certainly doesn't do.
  5. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    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


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    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

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    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

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I've used my Ricks in country for years. Perfectly fine for the job.
  9. Sharknose79

    Sharknose79 UNPAID greenboy/fEARful endorser

    Sep 15, 2011
    South Cackalacky
    I have nothing to disclose at this time.
    I would.
  10. LordRyan


    Dec 9, 2012
    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

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You can play country on a swinette, so a Ric should be OK, too.
  12. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    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

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    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


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Getting an authentic country sound has far less to do with the bass being played than the person playing it.
  15. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    never seen it but dang it would look cool, and set you apart.
  16. starmann

    starmann Flats and Fingers Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2011
    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

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Actually, Yes took all the quotes in "No Experience Needed" from the 1958 movie "The Big Country", great movie. great score.


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


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    I remembered seeing one in this old video of "Redneck Mother":
  20. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Just trying to dodge peoples' prejudices. I have maple Ibanez that *looks* more country, but the ric is well, a Ric.