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The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock's Bottom Paperback – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
PAUL S. BOYER is a veteran editor and writer who served in the U.S. Air Force as a photographer. He has collected, played, and studied Rickenbacker instruments for decades.
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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
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.
Thanks for the read - now put this book in your shopping cart.
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.)
The text and, in particular, all the incredibly detailed photography, provide something of a field guide to these wonderful basses that Rickenbacker has been making since the mid 1950s up through the present time. Specials and custom one-offs are included, as well as a timeline, and photographs highlighting most, if not all, colors that were available on these basses. There is detailed info, and photos, on the various parts and components to help identify era and whether they are correct to a particular bass, or not. And, useful information on properly dating one of these instruments.
Highly recommended to any and all musical instrument lovers, collectors, players, etc. You can't go wrong with this book.
Anyway, it's obvious anybody who would do to this much work to compile all this info is a dyed-in-the-wool Rick enthusiast, and I really appreciate the effort Paul went through!