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The big songs that feature a Rickenbacker bass thread.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Aug 19, 2019.


  1. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
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    Ah the Rickenbacker 4001, there's simply nothing like it, like all Rickenbacker instruments, it's an entity of its own, very polarizing in both its looks and sound and even in this day and age people are still discovering its charms.

    So let's name the recordings on which it is featured.

    First up and did you expect anybody else?

    Let's be honest, it was Paul who cemented the Rickenbacker 4001's reputation as a serious workhorse bass. He started using his example on the "Rubber soul" sessions where he made very good use of the fact that it stayed in tune better than his old Hofner, which enabled him to grow as a player.

    In the "Canteen" website about the Beatles' instruments it was revealed that when Paul's bass was sent to the Rickenbacker factory to get a refit, that only the neck pickup was working, which explains the tones he got on songs like "Penny lane" and "Hey Bulldog" so a new bridge pickup was fitted and the tone of which is so eloquently displayed on this song.

    Now say "Rickenbacker bass" and people will go "Prog rock" and indeed, every major Prog rock band seemed to have their bass player using a Rickenbacker some time or another, all of them making good use of the example that Paul McCartney made with the instrument's deep tone and twang on the high notes. It resulted in a word to describe that tone: "Clank"

    And if there's one guy who forever got the word "Clank" associated with his tone, it must be THIS guy.

    Just hear Chris Squire driving that concrete mixer sound of his Rick-bass through guitar amps to really get that grind going.

    One player who took note of what Chris Squire was doing was THIS prog rock legend.

    Geddy Lee Using his Rickenbacker twin neck to very good use.

    But the punk bands also discovered the Rick-bass and found its snarling clank perfectly suited for the music they made.
     
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  2. Bozendoka

    Bozendoka

    Mar 13, 2011
    Minnesota
    That was a lot of very good words, but you forgot one of my favorites: Motorhead!
     
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
  4. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    What's keeping you from posting them then?
     
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  5. ShortyGetLow

    ShortyGetLow

    Aug 6, 2019
     
  6. Scottgun

    Scottgun

    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    I think we are getting loose with the idea of "featured". Featured to means to me a recording in which the Rick sound is unmistakable. Motorhead? Rick James? Yes, they are playing Rick's, but there's nothing particularly Rick-sounding about them.
     
  7. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Geddy sounds like Geddy even using a Jazz.

    Squire used other basses as well.

    Who would qualify to be on your list?
     
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  8. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
  9. Vronica

    Vronica

    Aug 19, 2019
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  10. Fishheadjoe
     
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  11. arbiterusa

    arbiterusa

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Sure there is. Rickenbackers, like most other basses out there, are pretty versatile.
     
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  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    The Fish



    From Yessongs

    Every note, riff, rhythm, wah is the sound of Chris Squier’s 4001

    From Yes’ Fragile album.


    This too AMAZING GRACE
     
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  13. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    I think pretty much the entire Spock's Beard catalog qualifies, even though Dave Meros hasn't played a real Rick on their albums in many years.
     
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  14. Skokiaan

    Skokiaan

    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Here's John Entwistle playing just the second Ric bass to make it to England. You get a good look around 3:30. Pete's on a Ric, too.

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  15. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az


    Gary Strater - Starcastle
     
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  16. Skokiaan

    Skokiaan

    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    John Entwistle playing the first ever Ric 8 string, including a solo.

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  17. Skokiaan

    Skokiaan

    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    John Entwistle and the only video footage I know of someone playing a Ric 4005 Lightshow bass.

     
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  18. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Renaissance - Jon Camp

     
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  19. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".




     
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  20. lucas303

    lucas303

    Mar 11, 2019
    Colorado
    Cliff Burton!
     

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