Board index » Sightings, Artists, and Events




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:02 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Posts: 6
I have been the proud owner if a white 1976 481 for just over a year now, after about 3 years of searching for one in good enough condition, and I never get tired of playing it (or telling people I have one).

It has not only been valued at 4 times what I paid for it due to the rarity, but I think more impressively, I'm yet to see another band (Kasabian aside) who use one today.

Does anyone else know of other bands that currently use one?

Thanks

Sam - The Talk

www.myspace.com/thetalkband


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:57 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:00 pm
Posts: 2945
Location: Kansas
SamTheTalk wrote:
I'm yet to see another band (Kasabian aside) who use one today.


Welcome to the RIC Forums. In addition to the model 481 played by Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian), he also has played a 480 too!


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:29 am
Posts: 97
Tim Christensen plays a White 480 and a JetGlo 480.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_9hgDq2FLc

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1244235/Hosted% ... 351c_z.png

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1244235/Hosted% ... 1_4315.jpg


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Posts: 6
I noticed he changed between the 480 & 481. He has good taste that man!

Thanks for the welcome.

Are there any common problems found with the 481?

Sam - The Talk


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:14 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Posts: 6
That White one he plays is the same colour as my 481.

Looks really classy on stage.

Sam - The Talk


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:51 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:48 am
Posts: 37
Location: Delaware Valley Pa.
Hi and welcome Sam! I think you will find that "we the brotherhood and sisterhood of the 480 series" love our guitars. I have a 1977 481 in fireglo and I would say this, not as a problem but just from my own experience that you find someone who is used to working on Vintage Rickenbacker's to do your setups If you need adjustments, unless you do them yourself and know what you are doing. Other than that, maybe standing a distance away form your amp head, due to those hot pickups and feedback.


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:48 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Posts: 6
Hi AlohaT.

I have learnt over the past year to stand away from the amp head to prevent partial defness haha. I have just ordered a new phase switch as the one on it has broken which in turn has severely impaired the performance of the bridge pickup. In other words it doesn't work haha. But I can change that no problem. I had thought the pickup itself was faulty and was going to send it away to be re-wound by hand instead of buying a brand new factory machine wound pickup, but after testing I found it was in fact the switch thankfully.

Thanks for the advice though.

Sam - The Talk

Ps. If you'd like to hear the guitar in action, you could always have a look at my band's page.

www.myspace.com/thetalkband

There will be an official website soon too.

www.wearethetalk.com


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:06 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:29 am
Posts: 97
The only real 'problem' with the 480/481/483 is the rarity of the instruments. The 481 in particular. The pickups it uses were only ever featured on the 481. No other Rick used them (the 490 dosen't count, it was never produced) which means if you need a new one... you're pretty much out of luck, save for finding one on eBay.

Same with unique parts like the pickguard. You're extremely unlikely to find an original one for sale so if it gets cracked or broken and you want to replace it, you'd have to get one custom made.

You can see my 480 in action here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6kY6QVt9yQ


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:00 pm
Posts: 2945
Location: Kansas
SamTheTalk wrote:
I noticed he changed between the 480 & 481. He has good taste that man!


Yes, although the models have been discontinued, these Rickenbacker guitars continue to get a lot of attention thanks to Serge.


Top 
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 481
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:19 pm
Posts: 6
I know of a company who could repair it for about £100 so that wouldnt be a massive problem. But hopefully it is just the switch.

Here is a video of my 481 being put to good use. It is a video of the last song from our set at the annual free music festival in Sheffield called Tramlines Festival.

Hope you enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlzOkNby ... ata_player

Sam - The Talk


Top 
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

Board index » Sightings, Artists, and Events


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests

 
 

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

Register    Login    Forum    Search    FAQ
X