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Initial post: 16 Apr 2010 14:57:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2010 14:58:04 BDT
Adam Jackson says:
I can think of Lemmy, Geddy Lee & Cliff Burton off top of my head but can anyone else think of any other famous artists known for using a Rickenbacker??

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 16:32:40 BDT
D. J. Riggs says:
Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Roger Glover, Roger Waters (in the early days with Syd Barrett), Randy Meisner (the Eagles).

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 16:43:39 BDT
Andrew Smith says:
Bruce Foxton of the Jam used a Rickenbacker bass in the early Jam days.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 16:54:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2010 16:55:19 BDT
I think Bruce Foxton used one most of the time, as did The Buzzcocks' Steve Garvey and The Vibrators' Pat Collier. Occasional users from memory include Pete Quaife, Chris Glen (SAHB), Mani, John Entwistle, Paul Simonon, Mark Evans (AC/DC).

EDIT: Sorry Andrew, you beat me to the punch there with BF.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 17:26:32 BDT
Leftin says:
Glenn Hughes in his Purple Mk.3 days. Maybe it was left by Glover!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2010 17:40:02 BDT
P. Golding says:
And Peter Hook when he was in Joy Division.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 17:50:18 BDT
Didn't Hooky play a Rick copy? If he did I'll let him off.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 18:50:47 BDT
FDJ says:
Geezer Butler played a Ricky for a while but i think it was only for one tour.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 19:32:51 BDT
Leftin says:
Jack Bruce?

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 20:29:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2010 20:29:48 BDT
Sj Brooke says:
Chris Wolstenholme used Rickenbacker4003 for Muse's 'Black Holes and Revelations'.
John Deacon used a Rickenbacker 4001 when he auditioned for Queen.
McCartney plays Rickenbacker Fuzz Bass on Georges song "Think for Yourself" (Rubber soul)
Geezer Butler used a 4001 for Black Sabbath's 'Never Say Die'' tour.
Paul Simenon's Black Rickenbacker was a gift from Patti Smith.
Lemmy has his own limited edition Rickenbacker, the 4004LK
Derek Smalls(Spinal Tap) used a Ric during their "Flower People" period, apparently. ;=)
That's the extent of my Rickenbacker knowledge.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 21:13:16 BDT
Its a great guitar and I would love to own one, well not enough obviously to have done anything about it, but if someone out there wants to give one a loving new home, I'm yer man. It has a wonderful sound and has a thinner neck than the Wal, Fender Precision and the Yamaha TRB bass guitars that I have owned over the years, which makes it easier for folk with smaller hands to play. As much as I loved the Wal I had to let it go as the neck was too thick for my hands to play easily :-(

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 21:20:40 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Les Claypool uses one (it can be seen on the Gov't Mule Deepest End DVD), though it's not his principal instrument.

Posted on 17 Apr 2010 11:59:44 BDT
Mike Rutherford. I think he had a Rick twin-neck as well but can't remember if that was was part-bass or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2010 12:50:16 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
SCH. I don't know about the Rick twin neck but he did use a Shergold twin neck 12 string and bass. He also used an 8 string bass (eat your heart out Metallica) a very rare instrument indeed, I think!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2010 13:02:04 BDT
Hi, DM. I remember a documentary (possibly one of the prog programmes that were on BBC4 recently) and it showed the recently reduced to a 3-piece line-up of Genesis in the studio. Collins was sat down playing what I thought was a Rick twin-neck (upside down, as Collins is left-handed) and assumed it must be MR's as Hackett had left by then. Maybe it was a studio-only instrument? Love to be corrected if anyone can remember the clip.

Posted on 17 Apr 2010 14:48:43 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Wiki's page says that Rutherford "often played a double necked instrument, custom built from a separate Rickenbacker hollowbody 12-string and 4001 bass. Rickenbacker later issued double neck bass/guitar combinations with 4080/6 and 4080/12 models. However, Rutherford had the guitar in the top position rather than the 4080's stock guitar on bottom. He later had a custom Shergold double neck made with Mike requesting the body be modified so that each neck could be detached and played as a standard single neck instrument."

Posted on 17 Apr 2010 15:00:29 BDT
G. Billam says:
Chris Squier of Yes has a signature bass sound

Posted on 17 Apr 2010 15:38:21 BDT
Mark says:
Surely Paul McCartney was the most famous exponent

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2010 17:38:30 BDT
Yes i would have to agree with you. it was the fab 4 who really put rickenbacker on the map. Mind you macca didnt start using the ricky until the mid 60's. The Beatles Gear book( availABLE ON AMazon) is a gret font of information on the subject.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 11:35:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2010 22:36:38 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
I think it was the sound of the 4001 in the early 70's that gave the Rick bass it's own identity. Chris Squire and Roger Glover were my Rickenbacker heros at that time. In 1974 I considered buying a new one but they were £480 at the time and I couldn't afford. I looked at a nice second hand one for £300 but decided to buy a new copy for £185. I know, I was a fool and I still regret not pushing the boat out for the second hand one.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 12:01:05 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Nicked from Wiki

Gaye Advert of The Adverts
Martin Eric Ain of Celtic Frost
Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr
Guy Berryman of Coldplay
Chris Ross of Wolfmother
Cliff Burton of Metallica
Al Cisneros of Sleep and Om
Joey DeMaio of Manowar
Steve DiGiorgio of bands such as Sadus, Dark Hall & Testament
Dave Dreiwitz of Ween
John Entwistle of The Who
Bruce Foxton of The Jam
Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes
Simon Galup of The Cure
Roger Glover of Deep Purple
Hellmut Hattler of Kraan
Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple
Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees
Martin "Youth" Glover of Killing Joke
Martin Gordon of Sparks and Jet
Graham Gouldman of 10cc
Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand
Rick James
Tony James of Generation X
André 3000 of Outkast
Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath
Eric Judy of Modest Mouse
Jesse F. Keeler of Death From Above 1979
Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs
Geddy Lee of Rush
Lemmy of Motörhead
Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols
Paul McCartney of The Beatles & Wings
Dave Meros of Spock's Beard
Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens
Mike Mills of R.E.M.
Gary "Mani" Mounfield of Primal Scream & ex-The Stone Roses
William Mysterious (born Alastair Donaldson) of The Rezillos
Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age
Jerry Only of The Misfits
Scott Pilgrim of Sex Bob-Omb* Scott Pilgrim is a fictional character.
Steve Priest of Sweet
Peter Quaife of The Kinks
Scott Reeder of Kyuss
Michael Rutherford of Genesis
Timothy B Schmit of The Eagles
Kira Roessler of Black Flag and Dos
Paul Simonon of The Clash
Chris Squire of Yes
Tommy Stinson of The Replacements
Mark Stoermer of the Killers
Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear
John Taylor of Duran Duran
Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
Christopher Wolstenholme of Muse
Allen Woody of Gov't Mule and The Allman Brothers Band
Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones
Jesse F. Keelerof Death From Above 1979

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 13:27:51 BDT
Adam Jackson says:
Cheers TF -That's a damned fine list!

Jesus, it is bloody popular isn't it?!

I had a four string Yamaha a few years back but never really got past making a load of distortion with it (worked for Lemmy) - These Rickenbackers look so bloody heavy as well. Apparently they are REALLY expensive as well?
Has anyone ever played one?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2010 16:39:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2010 16:39:56 BDT
Yes, but it was not in my comfort zone of expenditure at the time, nor was one available locally when the Wal was under the hammer. Lovely playing bass. If I was playing in a band I would seriously consider one, but that is not likely at present.

Not sure about Bill Wyman playing one on any sort of regular basis. I have never seen any pictures with him using one, even tho Wiki says he did. Framus, Travis Bean, Dan Armstrong, Fender Mustang, Vox and various Steinbergers all appear in the pix, but never a Rickenbacker. This is the sort of anorak detail that clutters my head.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2010 18:08:19 BDT
Mark Twian says:
Paul Gray ex Damned & UFO, Colin Pattenden Manfred Mann.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 19:58:24 BDT
Heather Small of 'M People' likes to rip it up on a Ricky 4001 when shes at home too. Her neighbours have all been taken to hospital with 'melted faces' after hearing some of her double thumbing chops.
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