Dig My Rig: November 2013 - Steve Brunelles - BassPlayer.com

Dig My Rig: November 2013 - Steve Brunelles

HERE IS MY PRIZED VINTAGE RIG: A 1974 RICK-enbacker 4001 bass and a 200-watt, solid-state Sunn Concert head, with a matching 1x18 cabinet from the early/mid ’70s.
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HERE IS MY PRIZED VINTAGE RIG: A 1974 RICK-enbacker 4001 bass and a 200-watt, solid-state Sunn Concert head, with a matching 1x18 cabinet from the early/mid ’70s.

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I acquired the Sunn in 1985 when I needed a decent-size amp for a regional touring hard rock/metal band. The simple EQ setup is classic—it has only volume, bass, mid and treble knobs, as well as a Brite switch I never use. Thanks to its size and weight, the Sunn doesn’t get out much these days, but I have no plans to sell it. This rig packs plenty of punch and presence. The 18" speaker compliments the surgically clean amp, and though rated conservatively at 200 watts, it still has as much headroom as a cathedral ceiling.

I bought the Rick in the early ’90s, before the price of these beauties went through the roof. Whoever had this bass before me really played it hard, so a few years ago, I had well-known fret master Richard Stanley re-fret it. He did a superb job with no impact whatsoever to the neck binding, and the new finish on the fretboard is quite spectacular. It was well worth the money—the bass is a real dream to play. I love the feel of these fast, slim Rick necks, and the tone is tight and punchy, with gobs of growl. This rig is the perfect storm of Thunder and Lightning.

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