#1
I've heard many people say the rickenbacker has a unique tone, but what exactly is that tone? I wondering because my aunt said she'd buy me a rickenbacker at the end of the school year if I keep making good grades on my school report card. Can you guys post youtube vids of examples of "the classic rickenbacker tone" Is this it? Rickenbacker tone
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#2
It has a lot of crackle and Treble. Personally, i greatly dislike it and prefer a deep rich tone, but ive played the rick, and it's not for me, and i think you should head to your local store and try it for yourself.
#4
Thanks for responding! Do you guys have any examples of the classic rickenbacker tone that i can listen to on youtube?
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#5
essentially its the tone for people who like the lo-fi, oldskool "brian jones on the electrified guitar, ladies and gentleman" concept in terms of guitars

ive never played a rickenbacker bass personally, id imagine the ethos is the same.
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#8
It's a very bright and punchy tone, I think your video was very close to the classic rick tone. Definetly try it out before you buy because you might not like how it feels.
#9
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It's a very bright and punchy tone, I think your video was very close to the classic rick tone. Definetly try it out before you buy because you might not like how it feels.
Wow if that is the classic rickenbacker tone, I so want one now. I know it has that very thick finish on the back of the neck, but I've tried out another a bass that has a thick finsh on the neck;the Fender Jaguar and it didn't bother me that much. I'll definately try one out when I get chance.

EDIT: What do new Rickenbacker's cost? I've heard it's just over $2000 USD
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#10
well if used in a store it is about 1500 and up, but if you do get it, you know what your paying for because they are very high quality instruments, they are very nicely made, so you can't go wrong, so good luck
#12
for me either 'eton rifles' or 'going underground' by The Jam is classic ric tone
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#13
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for me either 'eton rifles' or 'going underground' by The Jam is classic ric tone


Ric basses always remind me of Bruce Foxton and the Jam. Also check out the first Pink Floyd albums; Waters used a Ric at that point--the Ric sound is really evidence on songs like "Interstellar Overdrive" and "Astronomie Domine"
#14
I think the Rick tone is an ultimate aquired tast, but those who do like it are willing to pay a stupid amount to get it. I don't know how to describe it... it sounds ...too... fruity?
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I think the Rick tone is an ultimate aquired tast, but those who do like it are willing to pay a stupid amount to get it. I don't know how to describe it... it sounds ...too... fruity?


Ya I think ricks are a little overpriced (*puts up flame shield* remember I said a little. just a few hundred dollars.) I think the tone is good, but for what you pay I'd expect a little more versatility. that's all I'm saying. If you're absolutely infatuated with the tone and don't feel you need to get many more sounds out of your bass than just that one, I guess MAYBE then it's worth the price. But I'd still go for a used one. I've seen them on craig's list for $1000-1200, and that is definitely worth going for, if you absolutely LOVE the tone.
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I love the Ric tone, shame I can't afford one
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#18
Roundabout by Yes?

I don't know if that's the Ric tone but it sounds fairly distinctive.
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#19
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIVi7KY_WJ8

classic ric song. despite what people are saying here, they ric is extremely versatile with tone, you can get that high treble "ric" tone but the tone pallet is huge. If you can afford one, it's deffinitely worth it.
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#20
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhk8HBkaLGI&feature=user
This guy's got some different videos with his ric, shows the tone as well

I was about to post this exact same video. TS, check out this cover of the Freewill solo as well some of the other videos on MunkyBarz's channel. He has some really good shit, and there are some perfect examples of Ric tone.

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Really though, if she is willing to give you a bass worth 2 grand you might want to look into Warwick, Lakland, and at least a few other manufacturers in addition to Rickenbacker.
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#21
Listen to any Yes, really. Anything with Chris Squire. Particularly anything off Yessongs for a live tone, and anything off The Yes Album/Fragile/Close To The Edge for a good studio sound. I think it's all about favouring the neck pickup and playing at the bridge. He has a bit of bi-amp/overdrive going on, but it's a really good indication of (what I consider to be) the classic Ric tone.
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Listen to any Yes, really. Anything with Chris Squire. Particularly anything off Yessongs for a live tone, and anything off The Yes Album/Fragile/Close To The Edge for a good studio sound. I think it's all about favouring the neck pickup and playing at the bridge. He has a bit of bi-amp/overdrive going on, but it's a really good indication of (what I consider to be) the classic Ric tone.


Didn't he actually his neck pickup OUT of his bass? Or was it his bridge pup? But for roundabout, I heard somewhere the bassline was also overdubbed by a guitar.
#23
No, it was the neck pickup. Lemmy does the exact same, but maims it with his rig (he uses a 415 though, I'll give him that).

And yes, he overdubbed a guitar at some points breifly, tastefully, and subtlely. I believe in the second verse you can hear one of Steve's Gibson ES-135's coming out of the right speaker.
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#24
Well, i always thought the rick tone as kind of the tone that you get when you put new strings on except slightly punchier and it last alot longer. I love the ric but i can't get enough moeny so heh.

Does your aunt know how much a Ric is?