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Section - 5.2 What is Rick-O-Sound and how do I use it?

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   Some Rickenbacker models include a 1/4" stereo output jack
   which separates the signals coming from each of the pickups.

   In the case of three-pickup guitars, the stock wiring circuit
   combines the neck and middle pickups onto one channel, and
   the bridge pickup is on the other channel.

   There are three ways to use it:
      1. The official Rick-O-Sound adapter
      2. A stereo Y-splitter available from Radio Shack
      3. Use a stereo guitar cord (you may have to build one yourself)

   This allows you to use different amplifiers, effects, and/or 
   equalization on each channel resulting in some very interesting
   possibilities to create new sounds with your instrument.

   [Gerard Lanois, gerardlanois@netscape.net, 8/31/1998]

   See the Rickenbacker Owner's Manual section on Rick-O-Sound, 
             http://www.rickenbacker.com/us/ros.htm

   [Gerard Lanois, gerardlanois@netscape.net, 2/4/1999]

   "I finally had a chance to try out the Horizon "insert" cable
    I purchased from Musician's Friend.  This is a 10' 3-conductor
    cable with a 1/4" stereo male plug on one end at two 1/4" 
    mono male plugs on the other end.  

    In terms of noise and signal quality, I think it worked very well.  
    I'm not impressed with the strain-relief on the plugs - they used 
    fairly cheesy crimping style plugs.  So, I'd bless it for the home 
    studio, but I wouldn't trust it to gig with regularly, and I certainly 
    wouldn't dare go out on the road with it.

    In case you want to try this yourself, the Horizon part number is
    "HYS-P-10" for the 10ft version (they make a 3ft and 6ft version
    as well).  This type of cable is usually employed in a PA
    effects loop, but I'd always wanted to try it with a guitar.
    Until now I couldn't find one with 1/4" male mono plugs.

    I got mine from Musician's Friend (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/).
    Their stock number is "336120 154 01".  They charged $19.95.

    I did find the 10ft length a little short for my liking; I usually
    prefer a 20ft cord (so I can jump around like the wildman that I am)."

   [Gerard Lanois, gerardlanois@netscape.net, 7/24/1999]


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