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General / Re: The Beatles - memories
« on: May 23, 2007, 05:37:39 PM »
The Beatles. It was 1969, I was 7 years old, I didn't know the Beatles, nor knew that they were about to split up. The movie 'A Hard Day's Night' was shown on TV, I watched it, and I said 'that group is awesome'. Started listening to the radio and found a local station that played their music every Sunday, the whole day! I remember the first song I heard on the radio was 'Ask Me Why'. My brother said the bass player's dead, but I didn't believe him (which was good). I found a corner magazine stand that hoarded old Beatles books and magazines and read up on them and found out how big they were. After that I started saving my allowance and bought the Please Please Me LP, if only for Ask Me Why. After I heard the entire album I was hooked. My goal was to be able to buy one Beatles album every month or two, but I couldn't save fast enough to buy Beatles LPs and Batman comic books all at once, something's got to give!  ;D One thing I regretted was when I got to buy all those old '16' teen magazines which featured the Beatles, I cut their pictures out and saved and pasted them in my scrapbook, not knowing the value of those magazines now, and they were mint at that time! Oh well...

Of course I wanted to be like Ringo. He was responsible for my taking the drums as my first instrument. I first learned to play the drums before I got to guitars. He still probably doesn't realize the magnitude of his influence to so many drummers the world over. My first drum part was 'Bad Boy', and the first time I actually played it, I got everything right, even without having taken any lessons (I just watched Ringo and other drummers play and used those as my 'lessons'. Oh, so that's the snare... oh, the bass goes with the cymbals, cool...).

Then I got into my first professional band at 17 years old, played drums of course, but I thought the bass was cool as well. Took about 5 more years before I actually played one. I said to myself, if I can play 'Nowhere Man', I'll switch to bass. My first bass song was 'All My Loving'. After that, bass became second nature.

So, the Beatles are my main musical influence, and like so many others, set me off to the musical direction I'd take.

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: Hipshot bridge
« on: May 22, 2007, 07:08:16 PM »
I know you were David, it seems like you've been waiting forever too. Did you drool on the carpet?
Drooling all the way to our gig  ;D

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: Hipshot bridge
« on: May 22, 2007, 07:06:39 PM »
How does this bridge affect the tonality of the bass?

This aluminum Hipshot is lighter than the original one... and my bass screams now! The tone, the sustain, everything, wasn't like this before. Don't get me wrong, my sound before was already awesome, but now... +1 for the Hipshot. Again I say that the Hipshot is vastly superior than the RIC tailpiece, miles away from it IMHO. Hopefully the new design will match up to this, but that still remains to be seen.

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: Hipshot bridge
« on: May 18, 2007, 03:58:58 PM »
Only a collecter would keep his bass in a condition that made it less playable. A player wants his bass to play better. Now go play you lucky dog. ;D

Bob my friend, funny you should say that, my wife just called me one the other day. She said I looked like I was really all panting and excited as I was installing the bridge, just like a dog getting a new bone  ;D

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Hipshot bridge
« on: May 18, 2007, 08:28:09 AM »
Hello all. Just wanted to share with you my 4001C64 with the new Hipshot bridge. It's awesome! Solid aluminum cast, clear and sharp highs and mids (along with its usual lows), the greatest tone, sustain that lasts forever, retains the Ric's fantastic look, and absolutely no tailpiece lift!!! (if there is, it's the wood)  ::)

I know there are purists out there who wouldn't want to alter their basses, but I'm not a collector, I'm a player, and this Hipshot delivers far more than it has been touted for. It is a far superior bridge than the Ric tailpiece ever will be. If the new tailpiece design matches up to this, well, I don't know if it could, or when it's coming out...  ;D


No Tailpiece Lift!

Awesome Look!

And an After and Before comparison shot:

Thanks to Dane Wilder, Jaymi Millard, Alan Zeleznikar, Mark Arnquist, and other Ric lovers for helping me out... hope you enjoy the pics. My 4001C64 used to be the best bass guitar in the world, now it's STILL the best bass guitar in the world!  ;D

Oh, BTW, the aluminum Hipshot is lighter than the old tailpiece, so with that, I can bring back my horseshoes. Yippee!!!

The Bridges After 5 is Vancouver's Premier Retro Band!

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: My Rickenbacker 4001
« on: April 25, 2007, 07:08:33 PM »
Bassbob, I will post pics as soon as I get the Hipshot. After what I've been reading about it, here's hoping my sound rocks!

Or is it Bassb**b? Just kidding (and running for cover)  ;D

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: Hi Bjorn & thanks
« on: April 25, 2007, 06:57:18 PM »
Hmm, you guys all look vaguely familiar to me for some reason. :o

Now why do I have the same feeling? Have we met somewhere before? Deja Vu?  ;D

IMO / Re: Favorite bass player
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:01:41 PM »
Paul, Paul, and Paul, in that order. ;D

IMO / Re: My favorite Rickenbacker Model
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:01:08 PM »
My Favorite will always be my 4001C64 (that's why I bought it). And if I will need to buy an electric guitar, it would be the Jetglo 350, but that will remain just a dream for now...

Books / Which Beatle Books Do You Have?
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:55:29 PM »
So many came out and are still constantly flooding the market, so we would like to know which books you have, especially the real, factual and authoritative ones.

I've had a lot over the years that I eventually discarded after finding out that they were written without permission or are not based on actual dialogues with the Beatles or their immediate circle.

The more trustworthy ones are: The Beatles Anthology, Cynthia's A Twist of Lennon, Hunter Davies' biography book, Mark Lewisohn's The Complete Beatles Chronicles and Abbey Road Recordings, Dezo Hoffman's picture book, Robert Freeman's picture book, Richard Dillelo's The Longest Cocktail Party, Andy Babiuk's The Beatles' Gear, and others, plus the newer recording studio ones that recently came out.

I wouldn't trust Bob Spitz' book Philip Norman's Shout or any of the pocket-sized books that came out after John was shot.

One more very trustworthy book is Ringo's collection of postcards...

So what do you guys have? And any comments on those?

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: My Rickenbacker 4001
« on: April 16, 2007, 05:52:41 PM »
Will a 4001C64 fall under this thread? Or should it have its own?  ;D

A beautiful guitar... it will someday have a hipshot... or not... why not?

Rickenbacker Bass Models / Re: Hi Bjorn & thanks
« on: April 16, 2007, 05:42:15 PM »
Thanks for opening this up, Bjorn. Fresh place, fresh start  :)

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