“When I first visited the Rickenbacker factory, I thought I was going to get a hero's welcome. But they were like, ‘Come take a look at our repair room’”: Why Chris Squire’s relationship with Rickenbacker got off to a rocky start

Bassist Chris Squire performing with English progressive rock group Yes, 1984.
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The classic Chris Squire bass tone is best described as clanky, clacky, brittle, hollow and so on, but rather than deciphering endless adjectives it's probably best to listen to Roundabout and marvel at its prominent, treble-loaded tone, delivered with startling picking speed and agility.

Squire referred to the bassline as “quintessential” with some humour, having been asked about it so many times, but he was right – it perfectly sums up his approach to the bass guitar.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.

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