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The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock's Bottom Paperback – June 1, 2013
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1 - Full color pics on every page.
2. - comprehensive - I believe every Rick bass (an variations) are represented since their first model.
3. - Includes pics of ads and musicians using Rickenbacker basses are though out the book.
4. - Chapter with color pics of the standard and special finishes available on all models.
5. - Chapter on Customs, Mods, and One-offs.
6 - The final page of the book has a picture of the author standing next to Rick James gravestone (with photo engraving of James with his Rickenbacker 4001).
This book makes me sick...
...because, while in college in 1986 I sold my 70s 4001 Azureglo (blue) to a music store in Charleston, IL, since I wasn't playing at the time and wanted (not NEEDED) the money. (I kept the other bass I owned - a Kramer 4000 aluminum neck bass because I preferred its tone. Still have that one. Looking back I wish I still had both.) Every page of this book makes me sick with regret.
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If you're reading this review, you need to buy this book.
Apparently some people have commented that this book is "shallow" in the 1950s and 60s era instruments, which seems like a rather stupid complaint since we had little else to go off of prior to this and these are the hardest instruments to find in decent shape.
Also: I was fortunate enough to meet the author in Colorado shortly after buying this, and got him to sign my copy. Thanks Paul! If you do a 2nd edition, let me know if you want to put my "oddities" in the appendix of your book. (I have modified mutt Rickenbacker basses, not true collectibles.)
I bought my first Rick 4001 back in 1977 at Terminal Music on 48th Street in NYC when I was 16.
I was all set to get a Fireglo model, when the sales guy showed me, my drummer & lead singer a walnut color - It was unanimous that was the color to get - I bought it for $450,00 out the door - I still remember the serial number - "QJ4446" October 1977 build.
A few years later when we revisited 48th street in NYC (This was a once every other month trip by bus - when 48th street was the Mecca), I came across a 1957 Rickenbacker 4000 at "We Buy Guitars" Price was $700.00 - Being a youth I didn't have the money, but I will never, never forget how well it played & how well it sounded, (That Bass now sells for $30,000.00 Dollars)
Someone once said that "Youth is wasted on the young"
Nonetheless, this book is the DeFacto standard on Rickenbacker Bass Information - None Better anywhere else.
A reference I will keep for eternity, or, until I come across that elusive 1957 4000, or until my 1977 Walnut 4001 Serial QJ4446 re-appears, but even after that happens, I'll still keep this book - It is one that you will read through and through & still reference for many years,
A job very, very well done by author Paul D. Boyer
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If you're a Rick fan at all, I can't imagine not loving this book. I certainly do... Really nice both for the beautiful pix, details on the evolution on the various models and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good resource; I would have liked to see information about how the sound varies between the various models and pickups. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Eisenman
Excellent fact filled book on the history of Rickenbacker Basses. Nice layout with beautiful pictures. Great read.Published 7 months ago by Chris Canavan
Sumptuously illustrated and full of detail of Rick basses I didn't even know existed. Boyer has done his homework. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pat Shanks, BA
A simply amazing reference book/catalogue for the Rickenbacker bass enthusiast. Paul did a great job researching this book and the photographs are simply stunning. First rate!Published 7 months ago by Beezy_T
This is a great book for anyone interested in the various Rickenbacker basses and their history. The pictures are gorgeous and it explains the evolution and features of RIC basses... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nathanael
My fiance is a bass player and loved this gift! He totally needed out on me!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A labor of love from its author, a critical void filled for any fan of Rick 4 strings (and 5 and 8s, too!).Published 8 months ago by Delawarean
If your a player, collector or just a Rickenbacker bass enthusiast, this book is a must have. The information contained in this book simply is not available anywhere else, a vast... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cheyenne II