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 Post Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 3:23 pm 
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Anybody have a potted history of Lemmy's basses.
Towards the end of his Hawkwind stint, he started with Rics - before that - is not all that well documented.

And how about his range of Motorhead basses?

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 Post Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 8:45 pm 
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I've always been a total fan of Lemmy, and I freely admit that he's the reason I got into Rics.

I have read - could even have been here - that he has 3 4004LK's. Each has the pickups positioned slightly differently, so each sounds slightly unique.

(Don't know how true this is - please correct me if I'm wrong).

He was playing Rics even early on in Hawkwind. Doremi Lasol Fatido is a total Ric record. Although his appearance on the front of the NME early on in his stint, he was holding something else, basswise.

Besides that, I've seen him playing with 4001/03 Mapleglow, white, and even a fireglow.

Now I'm well into the 4004, and I suppose I've got Lem to thank for that as well, as he seems to be the only 'name' artist playing one. Once I got one, I soon realised why he plays them. They are unbelievable!


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First band i saw hawkwind!kings hall,derby 1974,cant remember if he was playing a ric as i was only 12 and had others things to look at belonging to the dancer stacia ;-].Saw motorhead a few times and he always had a the 4001 with the n**i emblems on them,cool guy


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 Post subject: Re: Lemmy's basses
 Post Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 3:42 am 
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I think I read somewhere that when he got the bass job in Hawkwind...(he had knewer played Bass before)...it just happened that it was a Rickenbacker that they handed over to him....and then he just continued to use Rics.
But I think that one of his earlier Rick Basses was In fact a 4000 model( single pick up version of the 4001)...then someone put a Gibson Thunderbird humbucker In the neck position....I think this bass is the one you´ve seen Lemmy whit...that is Mapleglo and has some odd variatons of knobs....I read somewhere that he got the bass very cheap from a friend...but it was according to Lemmy in this awfull color called Salomon Pink...so he stripped it down to natural.
I know that he has a Gibson Thunderbird also.
Yeah Lemmy is the coolest Guy of all...sorry Keith Richards...Nikki Sixx etc...Lemmy eats Oasis for breakfeast IMO....Great Man Mr Kilmister.


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Mr. K is the SOLE reason why I got into Rics too! (Being a major HW addict)

I know for a fact that Alan Davey was "Ricced" for entirely the same reasons!

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Mr. K is the SOLE reason why I got into Rics too!


same thing here. Lemmys bass was the first musical instrument that actually draw my attention. It looked so different to all I had seen before. That was somewhere back in the late 1970s.
It took many years until I started playing myself, but it had to be a Ric. Nothing else.

Today I own five Rics (wouldn't mind to have some more....) and I also have a Marshall 1992LEM. What a combination!


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 Post subject: Re: Lemmy's basses
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He was playing Rics even early on in Hawkwind. Doremi Lasol Fatido is a total Ric record. Although his appearance on the front of the NME early on in his stint, he was holding something else, basswise.


Sorry but that's not true. Lemmy used a Hopf Studio (the one he is playing on the NME Cover and in the Silver Machine video) until sometime around November 1972 when the Hopf was stolen and it is the Hopf that you hear both on Doremi and on the BBC Paris Theatre CD.

The first Hawkwind album featuring the famous twin-pickup Rickenbacker 4000 was Space Ritual.


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