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Kevin Ruddell


From:
Toledo Ohio USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2005 2:11 am     Reply with quote

I got a cd reissue of Noel Boggs Shasta label material that has some cool music on it along with a picture on the cover of Noel with what looks like a 4 neck Rickenbacker . I.ve read where he used an E13 tuning but was wondering if anyone knows what his other 3 necks were usually tuned to ?
thanks
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Jeff Au Hoy


From:
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Post Posted 22 Jun 2005 2:40 am     Reply with quote

That's a four-neck Fender Stringmaster.
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George Keoki Lake


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Edmonton, AB., Canada
Post Posted 22 Jun 2005 6:22 am     Reply with quote

I invited Noel to my home for dinner and the evening about one year prior to his passing. He was such a nice person. Foolishly, in my intense awe and admiration for him, I failed to write down his tunings even though he showed me on my brand new triple neck Fender. I just recall one of his tunings had a non-wound string in the mid-section of his bass strings. I think, if you listen carefully, you will hear that tuning in his beautiful rendition of "Tenderly". I have b/w prints of Noel and myself playing, (jamming), which I will always cherish.
BTW: Jeff is correct. Noel had a 4 neck Stringmaster, (black) with his name scrolled across the front in white. (Serial 0001). He offered to swap it with me, plus $100.00 and my brand new Custom which was only 2 months old at the time. $100.00 in those days (circa 1954), is akin to almost $800.00 + today and was very hard to come by. In retrospect, I kick myself for not making the trade as I would have had a real collector's item. However, in later years corresponding with Jody, he feels I did the right thing by keeping my Triple Custom...(for the tone I like, I agree)

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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2005 6:41 am     Reply with quote

George,
My 4 neck Stringmaster has serial number 0002.
Erv
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George Keoki Lake


From:
Edmonton, AB., Canada
Post Posted 22 Jun 2005 9:00 am     Reply with quote

Wow! Hang on to that one ! I wonder where old 0001 is today and if it still has Noel's name scrolled on the front ? Anyone know ? It should really be encased in the Hall of Fame !
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Kevin Ruddell


From:
Toledo Ohio USA
Post Posted 24 Jun 2005 4:05 pm     Reply with quote

Yes , it's a Fender pictured on the cd picture , you can see Leo's " Double Diamonds ". Thanks for sharing the information on his tuning and mentioning Noels version of " Tenderly " .I just worked out Santo Farina's version in the key of C on the A6 neck and when I put on Noel's I was a little lost soundwise other than it seemed three frets up. Noel has such a nice arrangement and ending for that tune
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Dan Sawyer


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Studio City, California, USA
Post Posted 25 Jun 2005 10:37 am     Reply with quote

So, Noel preferred the Fender Custom to the Stringmaster. (So do i.) Maybe somebody here knows what tuning you're talking about with the unwound string.
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Jody Carver


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KNIGHT OF FENDER TWEED
Post Posted 25 Jun 2005 7:22 pm     Reply with quote

Dan
I beleive Noel used an A6th tuning on his bass neck and the plain string was a 028 plain guage string.That is as far as I can remember.
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Dan Sawyer


From:
Studio City, California, USA
Post Posted 25 Jun 2005 10:39 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Jody! So, maybe the unwound string was a E or F#.
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Jody Carver


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KNIGHT OF FENDER TWEED
Post Posted 26 Jun 2005 2:26 am     Reply with quote

Kevin
More likley than not F#

Thanks

Jody
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