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Author:  kbhag [ Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:41 am ]
Post subject:  Chris Squire's Bass

Could anyone from the Rickenbacker Organization give some history on Mr. Squire's Bass? If it has ever had any factory repair work, re-magnetizing of the pickups(s) or refinishing? Many stories have circulated about this unique instrument, any insight to actual work or interesting facts about his guitar would be a welcome read.

Thanks,

Kenny

Author:  Marc61 [ Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

I have this Squire video. I believe it's called star licks, or bass licks.. anyway they sell them on Ebay all the time for around $20. He goes into the history of his bass, his playing technique etc..pick it up. Well worth it.

Here's one now but, it's in Italy.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SOLO-BASS-VHS-CHRIS ... dZViewItem

Author:  -BV- [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Kenny, also take a look on Squire's website:

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

Author:  gearhed289 [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Here's an interesting e-mail from former Ric employee Mark Arnquist.

>Subject: Re: Chris Squire's Ricky
From: "arnquist" arnquist@email.msn.com
Date: 6/2/00 1:15 AM Central Daylight Time
Message-id:

When the bass was returned to the factory for a headstock repair, I was the
person who took it apart, glued the headstock, and reassembled it. Bill
Meyers did the finish work on it.
He and I agonized over matching the color that it was finished in. This was
NOT a stock in house color!
As to the wiring...it was very straightforward.

Chris' bass only has one jack. On a mono 4000 series bass there is a
jumper wire between the 2 volume controls, and the mono jack is connected to
it.

To get Chris' stereo setup ...you remove the jumper wire. Then run a lead
from each of the lugs to one of the lugs (solder point) on the jack .You
will need to use shielded cable for this .Do not hook up the shield at the
treble volume pot. But do hook it up at the bass volume pot.

If you hook up both shields at both volumes ...you will have a ground loop.

Mark Arnquist ---Arnquist Musical Designs Inc. Everett,Wash.USA<

Author:  kbhag [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Thanks gearhead. I find that particular instrument fascinating. It (for me) optimizes the Rickenbacker Bass...even thou, with the exception of the Signature models offered much later in it's life, it's visually unlike any other.

Gearhead, do you know when the headstock repair work was done?

Author:  JohnHall [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

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.

Author:  grendel [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Quote:
As it happens, we have two other basses of Chris's in here right now for some parts replacements.
If I were to have trouble with one of my basses, can I send it back to the factory for repair?

Author:  JohnHall [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

That's what the warranty is for, and yes, you can purchase all the same parts anytime you like. Click on "boutique" above.

Author:  grendel [ Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Nice to have you back Mr. Hall, did you enjoy your thanksgiving. LOL I was being a wise XXX because Mr. Squire's "basses" were there.

Author:  JohnSimmons [ Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Chris Squire's Bass

Quote:
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.
LOL. I have always thought that a great portion of his sound, even on the earlier albums like 'The Yes Album', came from the neck toaster. To my own ears the neck p/up on his bass was/is the DOMINANT one, not the Horseshoe.

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