Jan 23, 2009

Ric Double Neck Bass/12-String

In the 1970's, Mike Rutherford (Genesis) played one of the coolest instruments I have ever seen. I was a double necked guitar/bass. The top half was a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar (think Roger McGuinn and R.E.M.) and the bottom half was a Ric 4003 bass (Chris Squire of Yes was the King of snarly Ric in my book).

This instrument is a one-of-a-kind; they don't make these at the factory. Rutherford had it built for him. I came across a link tonight on Rik Resource documenting the re-creation of this instrument by William Young Guitars. If you are at all sensitive about seeing beautiful guitars and basses brutalized with power tools, brace yourself before clicking the link, but as you can see from the photo, the results are unbelievable.


  1. Howdy,

    Rally dig your site. I'm the Production Supervisor at CKUA radio, and got a google alert concerning your post about us. Very flattering, indeed!

    About your site - there's lots there for me, 'cause like you I'm a bassist (65 precision, 71 Univox "Professional", in many ways every bit as nice as my P-bass)98 or so Ampeg Baby Bass and a doghouse). I'm also a bike enthusiast. Matter of fact I was through Minnesota last summer on a ride from Calgary to Philadelphia. It was a 24 hour a day group ride (5 teams of 6), a fundraiser. Anyway, I wanted to point you to a good site not a lot of people know about - pezcyclingnews.com has up to date race info.
    Glad you're listening to our station! Give me a shout if you're around Edmonton and I'll show you around the station.


    don Marcotte
    don.marcotte (at) ckua.com

  2. Thanks for the comment!! Your ride through Minne-no-place sounds a little more extreme than I would want, but if you ever make it back and have time to stop, let me know. It's a good bike scene here and there's plenty of good guitar shops to prowl as well. I think a tour of a radio station would be ultracool, so don't be surprised if I take you on this offer.

    P.S. you are one of the few people I've met who really know what a doghouse is.