recording representative of the Ric sound?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. I know that Chris Squire uses one, but I am a complete idiot when it comes to Yes.

    I know that Paul McCartney used one, but I have no idea when he got it.

    I know that Geddy Lee used one, and I've heard alot of Moving Pictures. (He did use the Ric on that one, right?) :confused:

  2. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Lemmy from Motorhead!!!!!!!!!

    He also has a Signature series RIC........ I think he only plays RIC basses
  3. Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not exactly a Motorhead fan...
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  5. I think the dude from Toadies used one alot...
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    actually, the best rush representation of a rickenbacker would be permanent waves - most of moving pics was done on his jazz bass.
  7. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Well you ask about RIC sound...... no problem anyway:D
  8. YES_Roundabout or how ever you spell it is a good example.

    I think pretty much any older Beatles or Wings Paul was playing a RIC. I think it was Sgt. Pepper and forward but may have been earlier.

    I think if you spend a day going through the RIC thread here it lists a lot of recordings.:D
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I thought it was a woman...:confused:

    Rush and Yes stuff is definitely some of the best examples of Ric w/roundwounds out there.

    Beatles stuff, on the other hand, is a good example of Ric w/flats. Not sure of the CDs, though.

    And while you may not be into it...White Zombie is a good example of a distorted Ric with little to no mids:)mad: ).
  10. Thats actually why I'm asking! I have nothing to do first period, so I spent most of it reading that thread..

    I figure if there's that many fanatics, its got to be a good bass.
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    The best representation of the Ric character I can think of is an old group from the Midwest, Headeast and their bassist Dan Birney. His sound is the one you're most likely to replicate with a 4001 or 03, IMO.

    If you check out even a sound sample of their song, "Never Been Any Reason" from their Flat as a Pancake album, you'll hear the Rick ring and the accentuated highs and lows with the scooped mids.

    Squire's unusual picking technique made his sound pretty hard to achieve. Lemmy had his amps cranked so high, the subtleties of Ric are lost, IMO. Geddy had a true Rick sound but didn't show off it's best qualities, IMO....rather flat sounding.
  12. Cliff Burton used a rick. But I wouldn't suggest much other than Orion as any example of raw instrument tone.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    IIRC, Cliff's Ric was heavily modified, different pickups, etc.
  14. Most of the tunes on Sgt Pepper's was McCartney playing straight into the board with his new ric...during the rest of the years he used anything from fenders to rics to hofners again...
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    To me the best example of the Ric sound is on records by "The Jam" and the singles have the bass very prominent in the mix.

    The Jam were just a trio - Paul Weller on Guitar and Bruce Foxton on bass and they quite often favoured a very clean sound. The basslines often are the main "riff" to the song and there is a lot of space around them .

    Foxton plays quite hard with a pick and gets the classic Ric "clank" .


    There are loads of tunes - "Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" has a very prominent "Rick Riff"!!

    Excite has downloads :

    The official Jam website is at :
  16. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Ged's live tone on the Exit Stage Left tour is pretty indicative of a Ric. It sounded more meaty and raw than his studio tone with the Rics IMO. It's curious to note that allthough he recorded Moving Pictures with a Jazz, he used the Ric live in the tour that followed. I read somewhere that in his own words, he felt most comfortable playing the Ric live after having toured with them over the years.

    His best Ric tones in the studio can be found on the Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres albums. In past years, he has gone back exclusively to the Jazz. I'm glad he did, it sounds the best of all the basses he's used IMO.
  17. You beat me to it JMX! Good to see someone else has heard of them.

    Especially check out the album 'Beware of Darkness' for the ultimate in Rick tone. :)
  18. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Spock's Beard are relatively huge in Germany.

    Their latest album even had a (short) appearance in the German album charts (No. 29 if I remember correctly).
  19. Check out Spacehog's "In the Meantime"
  20. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Yes, the guy from the Toadies plays a Ric. I saw them live recently.
    Don't forget Roger Glover with Deep Purple. Probably the most obvious song is "Space Trucking". And don't let the Fender headstock on the album cover fool you. He played a Ric.