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Rick Cucuzza began his career on bass guitar. He loved the power and full sound of the bass, but he soon moved on to guitar which offered a more expressive way of getting the music out. 15 years later he found the Chapman Stick. Immediately he knew this was the instrument for him. Now he has the best of both. A powerful bass instrument as well as an articulate melodic vehicle, all on one neck and played simultaneously. For over 44 years Rick has composed and played his own style of music. This instrument is a source of inspiration in his quest to create his head turning tunes.
Rick's Grand Stick is completely customized to give him his unique sound. The original pickup has been replaced with his own custom designed pickup that houses a Seymour Duncan Hotrail to give him his edgy sound on the melody sound. His friend Mike Bartell, a master woodcraftsman, helped bring his vision to fruition. He asked Emmett to double-wind the original pickups to match the sound of his old 10 sting Stick that was made in the 1970's. A three way toggle was added to the melody side to switch between the Hotrail and the standard humbucker. A mono-stereo switch was also added to the housing. Extra inlays were added to the fretboard so they could be seen in low lighting.
Rick plays through a Line 6 Helix modeling system and a Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth into a CenterPoint SpaceStation V3 with a Behringer B1200D Pro sub system to achieve his great live sound.