Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby Brandon Bowlds » Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:54 am

I recently have changed some things in my rig. I just traded for a 1980 Rick Turner Model 1 bass which I am loving. It is a 32" scale which I like and the harmonics just fly off the neck.
Really gets a great 70s era Phil tone IMO.

I also recently acquired a Mesa Prodigy bass head with 4 KT88s. I really like it. I was using a class D powered SWR head before and this just has so much more dynamics and headroom.
I recently used both together on an outdoor gig and a friend recorded some video. I am using a SWR 410 and 115.

sound quality is ok. you can hear the bass pretty good in this Music Never Stopped jam. gtr mixes are a little off.
Check it out, let me know what you think.

https://youtu.be/iqmuIlFlhIw?t=7m32s
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby tcsned » Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:11 am

Nice! I had to listen on my headphones to hear the bass, laptop speakers don't cut it. You guys sounds great!
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby Brandon Bowlds » Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:39 pm

Thanks man! Yeah, headphones help for sure. I am digging this bass!
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby moonliner » Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:56 pm

That's great! I have an M-1 as well and love it. Actually I guess technically it's an M-2 since the original owner and builder, Larry Robinson (the fabulous inlay artist) had Rick Turner add a second pickup many years ago.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby aiq » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:22 am

Good clip, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby Brandon Bowlds » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:38 am

Mine has a second pickup added as well. But Rick didn't do it. It is an EMG j pickup in the bridge pos. The mod looks so clean the guy I got it from thought it was original but Rick said it wasn't because I asked him. It sounds great though so I am cool with it.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby zambiland » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:13 pm

moonliner wrote:That's great! I have an M-1 as well and love it. Actually I guess technically it's an M-2 since the original owner and builder, Larry Robinson (the fabulous inlay artist) had Rick Turner add a second pickup many years ago.


Wait, you have what?! You are a deep and mysterious man.

It's cool that you have an M-1/2, but even cooler that it was Larry Robinson's!

I love these basses. A friend of mine 30 years ago had one and it just always sounded really good. As someone with small hands, it also felt great. I'd would love to get a 32" bass. Preferably Alembic, but this would do.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby GuildBass » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:24 pm

Great tone from that Model 1!
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby moonliner » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:26 pm

Hey Brandon, Your bass sounds great (no surprise there!) and the band is fantastic. Very nice playing.

Edwin, as you probably know, I'm fascinated with Alembic's early history, so when I saw Larry was selling his Turner M1 I had to get it. It was a stretch financially, but I couldn't resist. It's an amazing sounding bass and is so easy to play.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby Brandon Bowlds » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:57 pm

thanks guys, I love this Model 1. I am all about RT basses these days. He is building me a 4 string Renaissance right now that should be ready in about a month.
my Ritter, which I still love, is gathering dust unfortunately.

The model 1 just does it for me tonally more than most modern basses I play. I think the 32" scale and flatwounds are part of it but it just has so much thump and warm midrange.
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Re: Rick Turner Model 1 Bass in action!

Postby zambiland » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:51 pm

Brandon Bowlds wrote:
The model 1 just does it for me tonally more than most modern basses I play. I think the 32" scale and flatwounds are part of it but it just has so much thump and warm midrange.


I feel exactly the same way about my Alembicized Starfire!
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