The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

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Re: The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

Postby (indianation65) » Sun May 24, 2020 1:45 am

I had heard and love plenty of music from the 60s and 70s that had Rickenbackers in it.

Most of my guitar heroes played Gibson Les Pauls, and I'm still crazy about all of them, and the Les Paul.

However, it was Peter Buck and early REM that sent me over the top for Rickenbackers. I have never heard Ricks sound like this, or the overall "atmosphere" of the sound of their album "Murmur" before.
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Re: The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

Postby (seabass) » Sun May 24, 2020 4:01 pm

I'm a huge Squire, McCartney and Rutherford fan but it was the intro to Smoke On The Water that got me first. Had no idea what the bass was but boy it sounded good. Then it was Yes and buying my own and now I'm hooked (like all of us here I presume......)
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Re: The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

Postby (tcsmit29) » Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:18 am

For me it was the Beatles, or Lennon, more specifically. I was learning guitar in the mid 80's on a Harmony Les Paul copy from the Sears catalog. I was big into Beatle music and other 60's groups. I fell in love with John's second 325 that I saw in pictures. My parents got me a 325v63 in 1988. I was a sophomore in high school. I was struggling to play on the Harmony because of the chunky neck and high action. As soon as I got my 325, my bar chord game really took off and my playing improved dramatically. For that reason, I think the 325 is a great beginner's guitar, other than the cost. Funny how life works, now I struggle to play the 325 and chunky necked Les Pauls are my thing! :D I still love the Ricks though. I've owned quite a few through the years.
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Re: The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

Postby (ch willie) » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:59 am

Just after the Red Rose Speedway, Wings over Europe tour, when I bought a poster of Paul playing his Ric.

I kept that poster on my wall from the time I was 14 until I got my 4001 3 years later. It is tattered, but I keep it on my wall, and it gives me fond memories out how I wanted a Ric so bad that I actually hurt.

I think the photo was a freelance pic: I have searched the web on and off for a long time, and it does not exist. I'd love to have it developed into a poster that I could have matted and framed.
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Re: The Rickenbacker Moment That Brought You Onboard

Postby (Sérgio) » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:24 pm

I’ll be the odd one here.

The moment I actually was dragged into the Rickenbacker love wasn’t when I first listened to the Beatles or anything.

It was when I saw a picture of Johnny Ramone playing what appeared to be a modified Fireglo 450 somewhere around the late 70s, early 80s. I didn’t even have to hear anything, that photo in a magazine cover got me craving for a Ric and made me associate Ric guitars with punk and indie rock in my mind.
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