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Anyone do more than strum a Rickenbacker?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by wodka, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. wodka

    wodka Member

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    I recently played a 660 and I thought it was superb sounding, comfortable all purpose guitar. Yet, Rickenbackers seem to be relegated to singer/songwriter strumming guitars. Why?
     
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    Obviously, you've NEVER seen any footage of 60's era Pete Townshend!!
     
  3. DejavuDave

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    Oh, yeah! I have a fantastic '67 360/12 (12-string) I sometimes play lead on. I crank the amp and wail! Nothing else sounds like a Riki 12, especially when played mean. I even composed a couple pieces specifically for this guitar, complete with plenty of fire and brimstone.

    Another guy I've seen use it this way is Steve Howe of Yes, in "Awaken" on "Going For the One."
     
  4. Doodad

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    Wow, this is twice I have seen this in a week or so. I can rock the hell out of my 620. My personal favorite guitar. Strummer? That is what my Gibson faded is for. Rics can do whatever you put them up to hands down. And sound awesome.:messedup
     
  5. Kappy

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    I remember Paul Gilbert tearing it up on one back in the late '80s. I think his even had slanted frets. Didn't sound like a clanger, jangler and clunker then.
     
  6. Luke V

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    Didn't the guitar player in Steppin Wolf play a Ric? I like his lead and rhythm tone.
     
  7. Doodad

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    Don't know about Steppin Wolf, but the Beatles lead and rhythm guys managed.
     
  8. John Thigpen

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    Don't forget John Fogerty...he played Ricks a lot back in the CCR days.

    The other guitarist at my church has a Rick, and plays both lead and rythm on it.

    John
     
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    Remember Andrew Gold with Ronstadt?
     
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    Surprisingly a fair amount of Chicago blues players ,like Hubert Sumlin, used Rickenbackers back in the day.More recently, in the 80s there was a Delaware based blues player, Tom Something or other, who got great tones out of a hollowbody Rick.Of course the king of of lead players who used a Rick was the somewhat underappreciated Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5 and Sonic's Rendezvous Band but his main axe was a 450-12 strung as a 6 modded with Gibson humbuckers.
     
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the lead on the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" played on a Ric?
     
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    Yes, it's a Bass but he's doin' more than strumming it! ;-)

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    Sorry! Back to our regularly scheduled thread.
     
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    Kurt Ballou of Converge! He does a HECK of a lot more than strum cowboy chords on that thing. A friend of mine also uses one for all kinds of jazz and bop.
     
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    I have a Rickenbacker lap steel. I rarely strum it.
     
  15. Bluedawg

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    They always struck me as the most awesome of rythym guitars, but lacking something when it comes to leads.

    But then Steve Howe on Awaken is a truely wonderful thing.

    I still have my 360/12.
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    Maybe someday I'll get me another 360 6 string.

    :)
     
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    Unfortunately, I can't even do that! I've had my eye on a 360-12, and today my local shop let me take it how to try out with my full rig, which includes a JangleBox compressor. My fat fingers cannot make correct chords on that pencil neck! I like the sound, but I just can't finger it. I have to take it back tomorrow and pass on it. I still have my Dano 12, so all is not lost on the jangle front.
     
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    I donno.....whenever I pick one up I can't stop playing Day Tripper.
     
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    Fugazi, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Sleater Kinney, City of Caterpillar, Q and Not U - all bands making exciting music, far outside of the jangly, singer-songwriter cliches
     
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    You will need to try a 660-12 (Tom Petty model without the high price) It has a wider fingerboard for cleaner chords.
    I had the 660-6 and it was a breeze to play. I played some lead on it but I didn't think the pickups were suited to my style. Great rythym sounds and inspired a few new songs.
     
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    Martin Rotsey of Midnight Oil .. some ripping leads on a 330-12.
     

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