Haru-haru Haruko and her Rickenbacker Bass

Haru-haru Haruko and her Rickenbacker Bass

Of the things I want to own I hope to one day come by a Rickerbacker Bass, preferably the 4003 model. This bass and I go a way back in that it is the key instrument of a character from one of my favorite anime, FLCL. Of course, since I’m right handed I’d have to go for a righty guitar, but I’m ok with stringing a left-handed bass backwards and playing it in a “unique” fashion.

However, the main reason I’m attracted to this bass is because of the sound it puts out. Based on what I’ve read, these guitars are as amazing as they are can be attributed to their flexibility and strong sustain. With only two single coil pickups but individual control for volume and tone of each (similar to the layout on a Gibson Les Paul) these guitars are capable of producing a wide range of sound. In addition, the neck-through design contributes greatly to the sustain, allowing each note to ring out longer and more clearly than a neck that’s been bolted down for convenience. These factors make the Rickenbacker basses uber powerful.

The sound that I truly admire the Rickenbacker instruments for is that funky pop sound that really grooves. It kind of make me think of disco-rock or something like that. There’s a Japanese band called Triceratops whose lead guitarist plays a Ricky 6 string and his solo in their song WARP is pretty funkalicious.

Perhaps one day I’ll save some dough and manage to find one of these guitars. Hopefully by then I’ll also be able to play it properly. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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