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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:32 am 
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It's really strange that the 'shoe was disconnected. I've got a video of the last tour where you can see him flip the toggle switch up for the "walking" bass line on YIND. Maybe just out of habit???
It's my understanding that "the" bass has been retired from touring for some time now. It's likely he was using one of his LE basses and perhaps has taken to using all pickups.

Anyway, I'll ask him the next time I see him, which will probably be in January.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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It's my understanding that "the" bass has been retired from touring for some time now. It's likely he was using one of his LE basses and perhaps has taken to using all pickups.
What I thought I saw played on the most recent tour had two screw holes for a missing thumbrest, no signature pickguard and on the Tsongas DVD (shot the night after I saw them live) I'm seeing a horseshoe with LOTS of finish worn/dulled off. I've always noticed that "the" bass has one feature: The top screw that secures the toaster to the pickguard is very close to the adjacent pickguard screw.

I don't think it's anything but the real deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:30 am 
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I don't think it's anything but the real deal.
Well he's a brave man then!

Perhaps now that this pickup has been connected, he's using it to advantage.

I don't think there's any question that he's used both pickups in the past. I remember years ago when he showed me his Sony wireless setup (illegal frequencies in the U.S.!) that was the only system at that time capable of stereo. There'd be no point for it if he didn't use Rick-O-Sound in some fashion.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:14 am 
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I believe that VG told me that CS still uses the bass ... some in the early 80's the horseshoe got degaussed and CS had it recharged and it was too strong ... but then it degaussed a little and he now uses it ... the reason he uses it is because of the neck ... he prefers the slim 60s neck ...

I think that info is correct ... but none of it is first hand ...

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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:39 pm 
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... the reason he uses it is because of the neck ... he prefers the slim 60s neck ...
I always read that the neck of a CS was made to his wishes, but the neck on my CS is certainly not slim. The neck on my '80 4003 is slimmer.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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I always read that the neck of a CS was made to his wishes, but the neck on my CS is certainly not slim. The neck on my '80 4003 is slimmer.
Interesting. What year/number is your CS? The neck on mine (#475, June or July 1992) is the slimmest (Ric)I've ever played. Right up around the 12th fret, it feels like I could just snap it in half! Then again, I don't think I've played any older than 1974. My '89 4003S neck is just right (to me). I f'n love it. A little chunkier/overall different shape than the 70s ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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Mine's #278 I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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... he prefers the slim 60s neck ...
I'm thinking that may not be the case as he chose the profile himself for the LE. Anyway, I'll make a point of asking him myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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John I was talking to VG on the phone last year and I seem to remember him saying Squire prefered the slim 60s neck as compared to the modern neck ... but then again I was talking to VG and not Chris himself ...

me I would tour with a modern bass and leave the 60s model at home under lock and key ... the stronger neck and better truss rods would make adjustments on the road easier ... I wonder if Geddy played a modern 4003 if he might start playing a Ric on tour again ... God I wish Geddy would use a Ric ... it fits his playing so well ...

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 Post subject: Re: Chris Squire's Bass
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Geddy has a 4003 JG that supposedly he's used as his primary recording instrument. He told me the only reason he left was that the synth setup they used live was pretty limiting from a space standpoint and a headless instrument made his life significantly easier.

That doesn't explain, however, why he then lent his name to a limited edition bass that has a very large head.


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