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Rickenbacker Guitar Models / B-series
« on: March 30, 2007, 07:50:08 AM »
The B-series was introduced in 1979 and dropped from production in 1982. They were the first vintage reissue project. However, they were not really reissues, just some "Beatlelized" modern models.

 was browsing through my mail archives to find why I said that the B-series started in 1979. I found an email from sept 3, 2000 from John Hall where he says:

" These came about in 1979, during the one year time in '79-'80 when I was not working for the company. "

In the same email he also tells me that the production of the B series stopped in 1982. This doesn't mean that there may have been guitars in this series made later. It is always difficult say exact dates. I suspect that there may have been a backlog situation causing B-series guitars & basses being shipped later than 1982.

Luthiers & Repair Links / Virtuoso Cleaner/Polish
« on: March 29, 2007, 10:31:51 PM »
About 2 years ago I bought two bottles of guitar polish/cleaner from Virtuoso.
The cleaner really restored a lot of the original gloss and the polish gave that little extra shine. The surface got smooth and very easy to keep clean.

After testing this on a number of guitars I think I can recommend it. OK, I know that turtle wax with a little water isn't bad either.

Here is the address to Virtuoso's website:

IMO / Favorite bass player
« on: March 29, 2007, 10:16:44 PM »
OK. Here we go.

Chris Squire

Various Bass Models / Rickenbacker 4001 Copy
« on: March 28, 2007, 10:00:03 PM »
I know that the Rickenbacker bass Model 4001 has been copied a lot through the years. There are still guitars & bass manufacturers who build them. Here is one that isn't original, it's a Jolana D-bass  ???  It says Rickenbacker on the headstock!!

Here is a Sigma:

Here is an Ibanez:

I think I will add a list of copies, both basses and guitars on my website. As reference.... :)

Rickenbacker Bass Models / My Rickenbacker 4001
« on: March 26, 2007, 12:37:12 AM »
Once upon a time I had this '74 4001 and I don't think I have ever played a better bass. I have tried a number of basses but this one is outstanding! All that is left is this very poor recording I made just to let my 6 & 12-string guitars and the bass play together. I will look for a photo of this trio and post it later.

Here they are...

IMO / Guitar Amps
« on: March 22, 2007, 03:09:00 PM »
There are many brands of amplifiers for guitars. The most well known are probably Marshall, Vox and Fender, at least what I think. There are of course many others....

Personally I have used Vox amps most of the time.

Poll #1 is about guitar amps. Is your favorite brand (no specific models this time) in the list?

Bass & Guitar Strings / New strings - how often?
« on: March 22, 2007, 12:35:04 PM »
I use to replace the strings on my Rickenbacker after about 30-60 days depending on how much I have used it.

In the band I play right now I use my Fender Stratocaster as my main guitar :-[ and it needs new strings every two weeks in average because of the many hours of use.

My ES-175 gets new strings about 4 times/year. A jazz guitar is sometimes sounding more mellow and "jazzy" with a little older strings.

I use the following strings:

Rickenbacker = Rickenbacker strings as often as I have them. Sometime's D'Addario 0.10
Fender = Fender 250s R 0.10
Gibson =  D'Daddario Jazz 0.12

Luthiers & Repair Links / About this Topic
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:26:21 AM »
Is there a guitar technician you want to recommend? Please let us know where to find him/her (or the company) and maybe something about their special skills.

Soundcheck / Playing lead guitar on a Model 330
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:18:53 AM »
When it comes to lead guitar playing it's not exactly Rickenbacker Model 330 that comes into mind. This guitar is however highly underrated as a "solo guitar". I discovered that the tone and sound from a 330 is very mellow but still clear. The sustain isn't like on guitars with hard tail but with some modern technology that's not a problem.

Right now I use a Vox AD60VT as my main amplifier. It is a very convenient solution. You can can many sounds in many different volume levels. This is very good for me as I play so many different types of music.
Before that I used to have (still have) a preamp GK 2000CPL. I used a Midiverb from Alesis and various power amps and speakers. The sound I have on "Destiny" is the CPL2000 played through a Marshall power amp and two cabinets (4x12). I had an extremely loud volume! I was in the control room myself while the amps where roaring in the studio.

Here is how it sounds!

Various Guitar Models / My Gibson ES-175
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:03:51 AM »
This is my Gibson ES-175.
I used to be in a YES cover group for a short period and this guitar sounds absolutely brilliant in songs like "Roundabout" or "Starhip Trooper".

Gibson ES-175
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gibson ES-175 is one of the most famous jazz guitars in history. It is a 24 3/4" scale full hollow body guitar with a trapeze tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge. It is currently still in production.

The ES-175 debuted in 1949, as Gibson's mid-level laminate top alternative to the L5. It was also the first Gibson electric to feature a stylish Florentine cutaway. Its first incarnation had one single-coil pickup (a P-90) in the neck position. In 1953, the ES-175D, a two-pickup model, was introduced.

Beginning in February 1957, ES-175s came equipped with humbuckers. Many new jazz guitarists used these to emulate the sound of Wes Montgomery's "heart" L5, such as Pat Metheny. The ES-175 with humbuckers is prized for its full, rich tone. Some guitarists will mimic the rich resonant sound of this rather large hollow body instrument by turning the tone knob all the way down on cheaper guitars.

This model guitar is not only used by jazz guitarists. Scotty Moore, the guitarist for Elvis Presley, played an ES-295, essentially a dual P90-equipped, all gold ES-175. Such rock legends as Steve Howe have taken up the ES-175 due to its high level of craftsmanship and playability. Gibson released the Herb Ellis ES-165 as a signature reissue of his original 1957 ES-175.

General / The Beatles - memories
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:52:39 PM »
I love music, that's for sure. I also know what was the definitive trigger for me. It was The Beatles. I was 7 and The Beatles performed on Swedish TV. Wow!
Now, it's 44 years since I saw that TV show and I can say for sure that it was one of the events that pointed out the direction for my life.

A couple of weeks later I visited one of my aunts. She was still a teenager and she had the "She Loves You" single. I played it over and over again the whole day long.

Two weeks ago I was reminded about this time of my life. My mother had found my old Beatles wig, a terrible thing, packed down in some old box. I bought in the mid sixties. Remember these?

One thing I remember is that John had a guitar called Rickenbacker. It looked very strange compared to other guitars I had seen before (What I didn't see was that George played a 12-string guitar. It took me a number of years before I understood where that "ringing" sound came from).

That very same aunt gave me her guitar when I was 8 or 9 (don't remember exactly). I halped her to clean her room and she said she didn't want to have the guitar anymore....
So, my aunt gave me the guitar and The Beatles gave me the music. This is the simplified version....

How did you get into music?

Rickenbacker Guitar Models / Rickenbacker f soundhole
« on: March 20, 2007, 03:20:47 PM »
The positioning of this soundhole is a bit odd.
Anyone who knows more about it?

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