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Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: duke richardson ()
Date: November 27, 2021 05:00

They just didn’t like em apparently. Except Brian maybe. Wonder why ..?

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: panthercougar ()
Date: November 27, 2021 05:06

Rickenbacker guitars have a distinct jangly sound to them, I couldn’t imagine that in most of The Stones’ music.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: duke richardson ()
Date: November 27, 2021 05:22

yes but theyre known for non-jangly sounds too and several players, Johnny Marr, for one. have used them for non-jangly.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: keefgotsoul ()
Date: November 27, 2021 07:54

There’s a photo of Brian playing one in the inner sleeve of High Tide & Green Grass I think. Maybe a different album, I can’t remember for sure.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: terraplane ()
Date: November 27, 2021 07:56

Great sound but I struggle with the small size of the fretboard.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: StonedRambler ()
Date: November 27, 2021 10:30

I think Fender and Gibson guitars were always more easier available than Rickenbackers. Also since the Beatles were really famous for using Rickenbackers I can imagine the Stones didn't feel the need to also get them.



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Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Mathijs ()
Date: November 27, 2021 13:31

Brian used a 12-string Ric for Mothers Little Helper and some more.

I think that with them being endorsed by Gibson they just didn't think about other guitars. At that time they weren't yet looking for different sounds in different guitars -they had one that stayed in tune, played nice and sounded good and they stuck to it.

Mathijs

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: November 27, 2021 15:42

There’s also pictures of Keith miming on stage with a Rickenbacker; probably Top of The Pops or some such.

I like the Rickenbackher a lot: from The Beatles and The Byrds, to the sounds of The Jam and The Smiths. It’s certainly had an endearing popularity.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: dmay ()
Date: November 27, 2021 15:53

Didn't Tom Petty play one occasionally?

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: MingSubu ()
Date: November 27, 2021 16:08




Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: TimDog ()
Date: November 27, 2021 17:37

A Rickenbacker didn't sound jangly in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's hands.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Phil Good ()
Date: November 27, 2021 17:59

Quote
keefgotsoul
There’s a photo of Brian playing one in the inner sleeve of High Tide & Green Grass I think.

You are right.
I still have that LP with the original folder.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: November 27, 2021 18:51

Mingsubu, that’s the picture I was remembering. Thanks for posting.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Date: November 27, 2021 21:16

I always thought that Rickenbackers are most popular for their bass guitars. Did Bill play one ?

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Nikkei ()
Date: November 27, 2021 21:25

The design philosophy of these things seems to me like someone looking at a gibson thinking "how can we mess this up?"

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: MingSubu ()
Date: November 28, 2021 00:02

Quote
TheflyingDutchman
I always thought that Rickenbackers are most popular for their bass guitars. Did Bill play one ?

Yeah. For some reason I can't post that pic here now.

Just Google Bill Wyman and rickenbacker. It's an easy find.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: November 28, 2021 00:10



High Tide Green Grass .........



ROCKMAN

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Date: November 28, 2021 00:48

Quote
MingSubu
Quote
TheflyingDutchman
I always thought that Rickenbackers are most popular for their bass guitars. Did Bill play one ?

Yeah. For some reason I can't post that pic here now.

Just Google Bill Wyman and rickenbacker. It's an easy find.

Quote
MingSubu
Quote
TheflyingDutchman
I always thought that Rickenbackers are most popular for their bass guitars. Did Bill play one ?

Yeah. For some reason I can't post that pic here now.

Just Google Bill Wyman and rickenbacker. It's an easy find.

As far a I can find it Bill used a Shaftsbury copy of a 4005 only.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: panthercougar ()
Date: November 28, 2021 01:24

Quote
dmay
Didn't Tom Petty play one occasionally?

He did. Both The Byrds and The Beatles were big influences for him, and both used them extensively.

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: November 29, 2021 14:00

Let's not forget that a Rickenbackher was Pete Townshend's choice of guitar throughout much of the 1960's. When did he switch to a Gibson? The Tommy album?

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: His Majesty ()
Date: November 29, 2021 15:51

Both Brian and Keith bought a 1993 model in 1965. One or both of these was used for September 1965 sessions at RCA Studios.

Brian's was stolen during the end of year 1965 North American tour. Brian and Keith chipped in together to buy a 360/12 as a replacement. The one shown in ROCKMAN's pic up above.

This was used by Brian and also Keith, for example by Keith on Gomper, and later for slide for Monkey Man and Midnight Rambler.

...

A new Rickenbacker book has just been published. [phantombooks.com]



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Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: ds1984 ()
Date: November 29, 2021 21:47

Quote
Big Al
Let's not forget that a Rickenbackher was Pete Townshend's choice of guitar throughout much of the 1960's. When did he switch to a Gibson? The Tommy album?

Pete Townshend switched first to Fender because the Rickenbackher were too fragile and could not be repaired from one gig to the next one whereas the Fender were more easily fixed. Othewise they would have run out of "playable" guitar (actually they did at some point...)


Fender Telecasters

Smashed Guitars



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Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Nikkei ()
Date: November 30, 2021 10:56

I'm having a look at that list of smashed guitars right now and the related anecdotes. Several fans summing up the experience with "Those were the days" Guess you had to be there, I still consider it wildly idiotic

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Nikkei ()
Date: November 30, 2021 11:00

Also tiresome how they always point out how Pete was frustrated about some minor nuisance with the guitar. Yeah right

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Date: November 30, 2021 13:44


Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: resotele ()
Date: November 30, 2021 14:03

Quote
Nikkei
I'm having a look at that list of smashed guitars right now and the related anecdotes. Several fans summing up the experience with "Those were the days" Guess you had to be there, I still consider it wildly idiotic

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
(John Hiatt)

resotele

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Eleanor Rigby ()
Date: December 2, 2021 15:48

Great thread.
Rickenbackers were hugely popular during the mid 60s.
But they were best suited to the jangly sounds ala The Byrds etc..
Great guitars though.
Probably Stones thought they wanted different sounds

Re: Rickenbacker guitars and Stones
Posted by: Phil Good ()
Date: December 2, 2021 18:15

Lookwise and soundwise I always like the Ricks. The intro of The Byrds Mr. T
is still one of my favs, but I coudn't get used to that narrow fretboard.



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