Tag Archives: Rickenbacker 4001CS

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Montreux’s Theme (Rickenbacker)

Here is the Rickenbacker version of Montreux’s Theme, which came second on the poll in which the Fender Jazz Bass has got more votes as we were trying to guess which bass was used by Chris Squire for this beautiful instrumental.

For the recordings I chose to boil old Rotosound strings, which sounded better that brand new ones from other brand, as I was trying to find a possible lower cost substitute for the Rotos – with no success.

I will soon post something about how I boiled the strings, for those interested :)

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC

 

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Montreux’s Theme bass quest

Montreux’s Theme is one of the most graceful bass lines written and performed by Chris Squire, with such a great interplay along with Alan White and Steve Howe. Do you know which bass did Chris play? Would you like to have a guess? Please take a listen to the sample more below and take your vote. Thank you very much!

Miguel

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Looking Around (remastered… and expanded!)

New year has begun! I have been busy with work and new projects and, with the few time I had, I did yet another “remaster”, this time with Looking Around, from the very first Yes LP. As we approach the first anniversary since our dear Peter Banks passed away, I took the opportunity to decorate the green screen in the memory of Peter.

I also discovered on my computer that I had kept a test video which I had recorded on the day before while I was still practicing. Strings are out of tune and camera loses focus but still I thought it would be interesting to show you how I was rehearsing.

Towards the end you will be able to see how I was beginning to experiment with very rudimentary graphic effects. I used a Yes cartoon designed by brazilian graphic artist Milton Trajano, which featured on The Ladder Tour program. Milton is in fact who suggested me that I should go and try to make a video clip of Chris’ basslines on YouTube, and helped me with the artwork of my early videos, like Parallels and A Venture.

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Warwick Red Label (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here’s a remastered version of the 2008 clip, hopefully with a better encoding.

In any case, a good reason for expressing here my wishes of Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC

 

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Fortune Seller – BASS AUDIO

This is one of my old bassline attempts from back in 2001. Fortune Seller has always been on of my favourite tunes in “Open Your Eyes”. The song is very dominated by it’s bass riff which, to me, has a strange “odd-meter” feel, although in reality it’s in plain 4/4.

The effects applied were also notable since flanger and octaver effects were rarely used by Chris with his Rickenbacker (more often with his MPC Electra on Cinema, Leave It or City Of Love). However, on the Open Your Eyes album, especially the flanger was used on some other tracks: Open Your Eyes (Rickenbacker) and Wonderlove (flanger and octaver, maybe here it’s really the Electra).

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Effects: Boss ME-8B (Octaver, Flanger)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→ME-8B→BDDI→PC

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On The Silent Wings Of Freedom (remaster)

While I don’t have time to complete the next video, I have tried to produce a slightly better quality audio/video version of my first upload. I had to use some different settings for the fx and fixed sync issues. This time I used Amplitube’s “Nu-Tron” to emulate the Mu-Tron III pedal. I also added some chorus, which I found out to be somewhat close to the “harmonised” sound used here and elsewhere on Tormato.

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: Amplitube 3 – Nu-Tron (envelope filter) and Chorus

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→Amplitube

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Rig Rundown – Yes’ Chris Squire & Steve Howe

PremierGuitar.com made a spectacular interview with Chris Squire, Chris’ technician Richard Davis and Steve Howe where they present all of they gear for the current Three-album tour.

Possibly the most complete guided tour to Chris’ and Steve’s instruments, effects and amps. A rare chance to see our heroes talking about the instruments that make history for nearly half a century.


Ask YES – Questions to Chris Squire

Last week, Chris Squire received questions from fans all over the world so he could answer via Yesworld.

Luckily enough my question was answered. Here is what I asked and what Chris replied:

Question – “Dear Chris. You mentioned on interviews about ‘Roundabout‘ bass line being doubled by yourself playing a guitar. It seems to me that you might have applied the same technique previously on ‘All Good People‘. Can you confirm this? Thank you.”
Answer – “No, the bass guitar on ‘All Good People’ was not doubled, as far as I can remember; I think that’s purely just a bass guitar. But you are indeed correct that ‘Roundabout’ was me doubling the bass line with a big Gibson electric guitar that belonged to Steve Howe.”

You can check all of Chris’ answers, here.

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Heart Of The Sunrise

Rest in Peace, Peter Banks!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Effects: Amplitube 3 – Fender Tremolo

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→Amplitube

I used the Jammit version of the track without bass so for the first time I was able to put my bass only on the mix.

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Divided Self

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Amp emulator: Ampeg SVX

Signal path: Bass→PC→Ampeg SVX