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Well I FINALLY got it!!! I got the contract and signed it (as fast as I got it!) lol and am now endorsed by Ibanez!!! WooHoo!!!!! Its the biggest endorsement for me. I am excited as all get out and am proud to be able have a company like Ibanez associated with me and my music.

THANK YOU Ibanez!!!

Rikk Beatty
www.rikkbeatty.com

 

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So maybe you guys could help me out in figuring what guitar I should have custom made? I love the JEM (obviously) but I want a guitar of my own identity. So I figured a RG shape body. I am thinking though of the 2 HUM config with the push/pull volume and tone knobs like the JS... Alder body... trying to think of a cool paint job. I know Dave and Rob have some cool custom paint jobs.... Suggestions?
 

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Wow Rikk - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know you've wanted this a long time and it's a dream come true.

Go getem, tiger.

-jemaholic

PS- My office plays your CD piped through the whole place just about every day- you have fans in CT...... "^)
 

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Congratulations!!! I have a Marshall endorsement and hopefully I'll be joining you as an Ibanez endorser soon, if some stuff I'm working on pans out!

I think you should get a sunburst in neon colours. :D
 

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How does one become endorsed by a company. Do you approach them, or do they just approach you ?

congrats by the way, that is a dream come true
 

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Wow Rikk - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know you've wanted this a long time and it's a dream come true.

Go getem, tiger.

-jemaholic

PS- My office plays your CD piped through the whole place just about every day- you have fans in CT...... "^)
Thats friggin awesome dude! :) Thanks allot man. This was a hard one to get. I am so friggin stoked to get it!!!

Congratulations!!! I have a Marshall endorsement and hopefully I'll be joining you as an Ibanez endorser soon, if some stuff I'm working on pans out!

I think you should get a sunburst in neon colours. :D
Very cool man! Hope to see you onboard soon then!! And wow... a sunburst with neon colors... I NEVER thought of that! I wonder what it would look like!!!

wow, congratulations mate - you must be a hell of a player ;)
Actually I dont consider myself any better than anyone else. ESPECIALLY when you have aliens out there like Dave Martone! lol If you have not heard of him you HAVE to go to his website www.davemartone.com He is INCREDIBLE and has some amazing players doing guest appearances on his next album. His fulltime drummer is the drummer from Nickelback.
I just love what I do and have ALLOT of fun doing it. Finally being a full time musician is reward enough but endorsements like this just make it all the more incredible!!

How does one become endorsed by a company. Do you approach them, or do they just approach you ?

congrats by the way, that is a dream come true
Sometimes a company will approach you. I only ever had this happen one time and that was when I had my endorsement through Peavey. Aside from that I have had to contact each company and send them press kits and whatnot. They usually want an 8x10, bio, current CD, a show schedule, and a copy of any reviews you have received.
 

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Congrats Rick!

+1 on the neon sunburst idea... BUT, I reckon if you can get it, 2 different types of flamed top (half and half), each half painted with different but complimentary transparent colours...

Now that would be unique and HOT.
 

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How does one become endorsed by a company. Do you approach them, or do they just approach you?
In the case of my thing with Marshall, I was looking to buy a new amp and the music store I worked at called them and told them about what I was up to and mentioned the magazine I write for. I get Marshall gear for wholesale price. Marshall is famous for not giving free amps to endorsers - legend has it that the only person to ever get a free amp was Slash, and even Zakk Wylde and Kerry King have to pay wholesale for their signature amps.

I'm working on some stuff with an Aussie producer who lives in the US and has worked with some huge names in the 70s and 80s. In combination with the magazine column and stuff like that, I'm hoping it gives me enough of a profile to get an endorsement with Ibanez. A rep from the local distributor said he'd try to get me some clinics but the opportunity to actually do it hasn't come up yet.
 

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Hey RIKK, its just awesome!
congratz!
please, make some LACS RG with maple board, blue DiMarzios and maple board, just like a BFP kinda stuff. And a 7 string version too!!!;)
Keep it up and enjoy!
:)
 
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