The Real World: Rick Link

I was always drawn to the instrument, even at an early age.
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Rick Link

Home base Pittsburgh, PA
Occupation Cable tech, luthier
Gigs In The Company Of Heroes, Dirty Confession
Basses Beardly Customs 4-and 5-strings
Rig Mesa Boogie Subway D-800 head, Mesa Boogie Powerhouse 1000 cabinet
Effects Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive, Dunlop 105Q Crybaby Bass Wah, DigiTech Whammy Pedal, Behringer CS400 compressor, Smith FX fuzz, Boss NS-2 noise suppressor
Strings, etc. Fender cables, Bartolini pickups, custom stainless steel Darkhorse strings (Rick Link signature 5-string set: .045, .065, .085, .110, .135)
Heroes & inspiration Les, Jaco, Evan, Flea, Rex

How did you come to play bass?

I was always drawn to the instrument, even at an early age. I though the bassist was always a badass! Then after listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik for the entire summer of 1993, I bought my first bass.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Never stop learning. Always push yourself to go further.

What are your musical goals?

To always stay up to speed with new music, never fall into a rut, and keep my mind open.


The Real World

Name Travis LumpkinHome base King William, VA Occupation High school student Gigs Bad luck there, I’m afraid! Always getting canceled, etc.