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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:52 am 
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Note that a post has been deleted from this thread, which was a mostly fictional account of how Chris's instrument has been serviced here.

The bass has been back here a number of times for various types of service. The last time it was here, Grover Jackson planed off the fingerboard and installed a new set of truss rods. A very well known luthier, who I won't embarrass by naming, had done some major repairs and in the course of things allowed the truss rod slot to completely fill up with glue, defeating the action of the original rods. Obviously, this work including refretting and refinishing of the neck.

One huge surprise was the fact that the treble pickup was completely disconnected and his tech told us that Chris had never used this pickup, at least for many years now.

As it happens, we have two other basses of Chris's in here right now for some parts replacements.


Grover Jackson works or worked for Rickenbacker?


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:47 am 
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I just visited Chris's website, as mentioned above:

http://www.chrissquire.com/cs_equiprickenbacker.html

One of the basses here right now is the one mentioned on that page, Donovan's old bass.

Also, the page stated we repaired the broken off headstock when in fact all we did is repair the repair.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 3:18 am 
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Thanks for the insight John!

I wondered if any recent work was done to the headstock as it currently appears to me to have a bit of a backwards angle...my '68 was straight. All the older basses I've encountered had straight headstocks and some seem to have trouble getting enough downward pressure on the nut. Causes the strings to rattle or pop out. My '75 has a bit of a rearward tilt and gets good downward pressure on the nut. I had wondered if I was just seeing things at funny angles or if actual re-contouring of the headstock has been done. I even thought I remember seeing string trees on Chris's Bass back in the '80s? Did you install 4003 type rods?

So what did you do about the treble pickup? Was it re-connected? (Does it even work?) Is the Bass in stereo?

Thanks again.

Kenny


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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That's weird about the pickup, as I've always read that Chris had his single, mono output jack converted to stereo.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:01 am 
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So now I know why I don't sound like Squire. All I use is the treble pickup. That, years and years of practice incorporated with actual talent would bring me closer, but now I have to use the pickup selector switch as well?


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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I've always kind of suspected Chris used the neck pickup. His tone on "Yours Is No Disgrace" sounds particularly neck-pickupy to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:15 am 
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I just visited Chris's website, as mentioned above:


One of the basses here right now is the one mentioned on that page, Donovan's old bass.
Interesting, John...so Chris picked up Donovan's RM1999, as a spare perhaps. Is Donovan's bass still Fireglo?

Another one of these basses that received some notoriety back in the day was the Rickenbacker RM1999 owned by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Nick Mason put out a book recently on the band, and mentioned that at one point while on tour their equipment was stolen, truck and all, later to be recovered with the exception of "a couple of guitars..".

One of these instruments I believe to be Roger's RM1999, for it disappears from the photographic record about this time in the bands history, and Roger used Fenders from here on out. Gotta wonder where this one is today....


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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I had heard(FWIW)that Rog's Ric developed neck problems so he got a Fender. The Ummagumma album shows his Ric and Fender side by side, suggesting that he didn't switch to Fender as the result of his Ric being stolen.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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It would be very nice to see some pictures of Chris' spare basses, any chanche, Mr. Hall? Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:52 pm 
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I sold a 60s Ric to a friend of Squire's ... and he told me the original horseshoe degaussed and Squire had it recharged ...

I think Squire played a mapleglo 21 fret 4001 on the Yes album ... at least there is a picture of him playing one on the old album cover ...

also the story about the rm1999 being shaved to 2/3 of its original weight may be exaggerated ... 60s 4001 basses are lighter than 70s 4001 basses without any shaving ... so even though the bass was shaved I doubt if it actually lost 1/3 of the wood ...

and if you have a 4001 bass be careful who you let work on it ... the truss rods work different and many luthiers have misconceptions about Ric basses ...

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