Daily Gear Obsession: Rickenbacker 4003

Photo Credit: Zzounds.com

Photo Credit: Zzounds.com

Today’s Daily Gear Obsession is the legendary Rickenbacker 4003 bass. During the past 24 hours I have started the fascination for this bass in Jetglo. I have owned a Ric 360 in Fireglo and really loved that color, but there is something understated that I like about Jetglo. I’d also like to order a Lemmy pickup from the Seymour Duncan custom shop and change out the bridge pickup in the 4003. Lemmy has such an abrasive tone, that I think would be perfect in this bass.

So here’s the formula: Ric 4003, a Lemmy pickup, and a healthy amount of attitude. Let’s rock!

Time to go look at pictures of this bass and watch videos of it in action.

 

BREAKING: THEY MAKE THIS BASS IN WALNUT!!!!!!!

 

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Daily Gear Obsession: Jackson Scott Ian T-1000 Soloist

Photo Credit: Jacksonguitars.com

Photo Credit: Jacksonguitars.com

Today’s Daily Gear Obsession is a monster. A model that’s named after a Terminator would have to be. I have had my eye on this guitar for some time, but today, this has been the one that I’ve been thinking about. I love the silverburst, the toggle switch instead of the blade, and the bolt inlays. It has the classic Duncan set of a 59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge which is never a bad pairing.

Scott Ian has had a long association with Jackson and I think that this is his best model. He has been playing a King V lately and I expect that to be a signature model released later this year or announced next January at NAMM. The cost of the two pick up model and the single have gone up considerably this year. I should’ve picked one up before the price hike. I won’t let that deter me, it will just take a little longer to get it…if my obsession continues.

 

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Daily Gear Obsession: I Want You Back Part 2

Today’s Daily Gear Obsession wraps up the final two guitars that I once owned and wish I still did. The hard truth is that I wouldn’t have been able to keep all four, but it is nice to reminisce about what could’ve been.

ESP Kirk Hammett KH2 – This was a great, sleek looking guitar. This guitar had a fast neck and was very easy to play. The skull and cross bone inlays were a perfect fit for this guitar that just begged for some Metallica songs to be played on it. Naturally, I obliged and appreciated the guitar’s versatility in playing all styles of music. The EMG pickups sounded awesome and the 81 and 60 were a great combination for this speed machine. As I’m typing this, I’m remembering its effortless playing and am longing for it again.

Rickenbacker 360/6 – This guitar was completely different than any other guitar that I owned and I miss its jangle. I’m a huge fan of The Beatles, and I’m sure like many, I had to get a Ric. They just have that sound. That specific, identifiable sound that no other guitar has and that’s what makes it so unique. The neck is small and makes chording a breeze; even those pesky 7th chords that the Fab Four liked to use. The color of my guitar was Fireglo and it was gorgeous. When I think of a Ric, that’s the color that comes to mind. There have been other famous and historic colors, just with The Beatles alone, but the Fireglo is it for me. If you get the chance to buy a Ric you should do it. Don’t second guess it. Then take that guitar and plug it into a Vox AC30 and see if that doesn’t put a huge smile on your face.

This wraps ups the four guitars that I regret selling. My impatience and ever-changing tastes have caused me to loose a lot of money on these guitars and many others. Damn you, eBay!!!!

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Daily Gear Obsession: I Want You Back Part 1

Today’s Daily Gear Obsession focuses on those special guitars that have gotten away from me by way of trade, sale, or financial necessity. I have owned close to 100 guitars since I began playing in 1997 and there have been a few that I wish I had not gotten rid of. Today I will discuss two of the four that I wish I still had in my collection.

Epiphone Les Paul – The special thing about this guitar was that it was my first guitar. I walked into Guitar Center in Covina, California on Halloween in 1997 (a store where I would later end up becoming the Operations Manager). I was ready for my first guitar purchase and was targeting a Les Paul style guitar because Slash was the whole reason I wanted to play guitar. I remember the first time I entered that store on that fateful afternoon. I was greeted with the sights of guitars everywhere; they were on the wall, on stands on the floor, and in the hands of customers wailing away on a cacophony of competing riffs. The first three guitars I remember seeing was a Music Man EVH model, a Gibson Ace Frehley Les Paul, and a Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul. These three guitars were all fantastic and all out of my price range. I then found the Epiphone Les Paul, ebony in color with a sign on the neck stating it was on sale because it was a scratch and dent model. There was a little dent in the side of the body, most likely from a customer who wasn’t careful with it when trying it out. The guitar was in my price range and was a Les Paul, albeit an Epiphone, but I was thrilled. I had this guitar for a few months and then traded it for a white Fender Standard Strat…like Jimi had at Woodstock.

Fender Jimi Hendrix Tribute Strat – My Hendrix infatuation lasted for a few years. When Fender announced that they were releasing a Hendrix tribute to his famous Woodstock guitar, I was excited to get my hands on it. This guitar was right up my alley. This wasn’t the Fender that I swapped for my first Epiphone, this was my first American made Strat. One of the coolest feature that I liked about the guitar was that Fender had put the logo backwards on the headstock as a mirror image of Jimi’s original guitar. This guitar allowed a right handed player to see what it was like to play a left handed guitar set up for a right handed person. I had to adjust the way I played this guitar because the controls were flipped, I wasn’t used to the knobs being right under my palm. This allowed the player to experience the same type of set up that Jimi used. This was a great guitar and I regret having to sell it.

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Daily Gear Obsession: NAMM Edition Part 1

I have begun to slowly digest all of the goodness that I saw this past weekend at NAMM. I saw some fantastic guitars, some that I will never be able to own, and some, like the Fender Steve Harris bass that I plan to pre-order this week.

Here is the list of everything that is on today’s Daily Gear Obsession:

Earthquaker Devices – Sea Machine V2. This is the ultimate chorus pedal! It allows the player to have complete control over depth, animation, and dimension. I didn’t even know that it was possible to control animation and dimension. This pedal is full of adjustable options and I would probably need to carve out a good part of my day to fiddle with it like I did with the Palisades.

Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod – Gretsch has revamped this line of already great guitars to feature different color options like Green Sparkle and Harbor Blue. Gretsch makes some great guitars and it’s really nice to see so many great models laid out in a row. I used to own a 6120RHH and it was well built and played like a dream. I also love the Setzer Black Phoenix and Billy Duffy White Falcon.

Kramer Satchel Pacer – This is a fun looking guitar. It comes in either yellow or purple leopard print and I am leaning toward the purple. It comes with Seymour Duncan pickups and a Floyd Rose trem so you can bend that bar to your heart’s delight.

ESP Gary Holt signature – This is a thrash monster! The Liquid Metal Lava paint job looks awesome and almost like the guitar has swam through a sea of piranhas. The guitar comes with red EMG 81 and 89 pickups on both the ESP model and the higher end LTD model.

Dunlop Mini Cry Baby – Who doesn’t want a wah pedal that the size of an iPhone? This looked so cool and it will take up a lot less real estate on a pedal board. Given that Dunlop has scaled down the size of its larger pedals like the Fuzz Face, it makes sense that their wah was the next to get this treatment. If they ever do a mini Kirk Hammett wah I won’t be able to get my wallet out fast enough.

Ibanez Mini Tube Screamer – Ibanez has also miniaturized one of their iconic pedals and it looks more toy than pedal. I’m sure that it still retains all of its sonic tradition and I’d love to try it out.

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Daily Gear Obsession: Marshall Jubilee 2555X

I was happy to see this was being released at NAMM last week. In 2002, I bought a Slash signature Marshall 2555 and really enjoyed playing that amp. That was one of those pieces of gear that I regret selling. The Jubilee was the first Marshall to offer Pentode/Triode switching, which cuts the power output in half. The Jubilee has been regarded as one of those special amps in Marshall’s long history and now that it is being re-issued, it allows for more people to experience this great amp.

The amp will sell for $1899

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Daily Gear Obsession: Earthquaker Devices Park Fuzz Sound

Photo Credit: Earthquakerdevices.com

Photo Credit: Earthquakerdevices.com

Earthquaker Devices Park Fuzz Sound

Park Amplification, a company started by the legendary Jim Marshall, also produced a few pedals including a wah and the The Park Fuzz Sound. The scientists at Earthquaker Devices have resurrected that pedal, using the specs from an original one that they had.

This pedal sells for $175 and will be available in February.

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Daily Gear Obsession: Dimarzio Illuminator Pickups

Photo Credit: Dimarzio.com

Photo Credit: Dimarzio.com

Dimarzio Illuminator Pickups

These are John Petrucci’s newest signature pickups. I liked what I heard when I played his JP XI with the Crunch Lab and LiquiFire pickup combination and am interested to give these a go.

These come in a variety of color options and sells for $89.99

Check out the video of John demoing these and see if you aren’t a fan afterward.

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Daily Gear Obsession: Majik Box Body Blow

Photo Credit: Majikbox.com

Photo Credit: Majikbox.com

Today’s obsession is the Jake E. Lee mod Body Blow from Majik Box. I’m interested in this pedal after watching the video of Jake demoing it.

You can buy the pedal directly from Majik Box for $239.99

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