Over the course of the past two years I’ve played a lot of basses. In fact, only a fraction of the basses I’ve played have ended up on the 101 Basses list. Sometimes this was because I didn’t have a camera and sometimes it was because I either felt too shy or I just couldn’t be bothered to to engage in the process. Regardless there’s been a lot basses, that I’ve seen and played.
With all those basses there’s been more GAS that you can imagine. But at the end of it all I’ve have my top three picks.
One that I played and didn’t buy. And I have a lot of regret for not bringing it home.
One that I’ve never played or have even seen in person. But I think it is the coolest bass ever made. I’m not even sure that there’s even a single copy of it in North America. For me, it remains the holy grail of basses.
The third one, is one that I’ve wanted for a ages. My local music store had one in stock for a long time. Every time I walked through the store, it sat there looking at me. Taunting me. Daring me. Well I finally brought it home. Just maybe that is “Bass Number 101”?
So the one that I played, that I didn’t buy and have been regretting it since is the Rickenbacked 4001s v63, that I played in Las Vegas last summer. I reviewed it as Bass Number 60. It’s was so nice. And it’s gone. And I haven’t seen another similar one in the same price range since. Don’t you hate it? Sometimes when you see a deal, ya just gotta go for it.
The Rickenbacker 4001 has always been a favourite of mine. But the S model, for me, is actually a lot cooler. I like the dot markers and its lack of bindings. But more important is the thinner neck and horseshoe pickups. Originally these were sold as a 4001s (and also the RM1999. Later reissues include the v63 and c64 models. I like them all, but from what I’ve been reading the c64 may be the best of the bunch. Fireglo is the best colour, but some of the fireglo finishes don’t look as nice as others. The black finish with white pickguard model is equally cool.
I haven’t got one yet, but it’s still in my top three.
Stay tuned tomorrow for number two on my top three list.
Then, the next day, for Bass Number 101 and the completion of my two year, bass a week challenge. (Are my fingers ever tired!)
Continued in Part 2…