2 GIBSON Les Paul “Classic” 60′s reissue, chambered (with 500T ceramic magnet pickups) – one black (Rik’s favourite, named “Johnnie”, as in Johnnie Walker Black), and one in honeyburst:
1 Gibson custom shop Les Paul Standard, chocolate brown flame top, 60’s neck, modded with DiMarzio SD pickups;
1 Gibson Custom Shop CS-356, cherry flame GIBSON (also outfitted with the hotter ceramic magnet pickups, but disguised under gold pickup covers).
1 Gibson CS 6 / 12 doubleneck, in arctic white.
Electric acoustic: 2 Godin A6 Ultras: one in cognacburst, one with a KOA top.
Rik also has a big collection of GODIN acoustic-electrics: 2 nylon string models, including the Grand Concert: an A12 12 string, a Spectrum, and 3 different 5th Avenue archtops.
Favourite studio acoustics: Martin OCMPA 1 [stock] and a Yamaha LS-36.
Pedalboard: electric and acoustic gigs: VOX Tonelab SE. [AMPS: anything clean will do. The one used most at home is a Roland Cube 60.] For rock sounds, Rik leans towards classic Marshall Plexi and Vox Top Boost amp modeling.
D’Addario strings on all. On electrics, .EXL 140 – .010 to .052: on acoustic, EJ21 [jazz light, .012 to .052].
Rik uses a regular size heavy pick, and also has acrylic nails on his right hand.
Favourite studio guitars also include the Godin 5th Avenue archtops: Yamaha L-36, and L-55 6 & 12 acoustics, Pacifica electrics [custom shop, with Seymour Duncans], a 1979 Laskin handmade classical, and a Fender Jeff Beck Strat [stock], and a customized Esquire Japanese reissue with Barden pickups.
In 2007, DEAN reissued a limited edition Flying V from the Triumph Allied Forces era.
Rik also owns a Baby Sitar electric, a Pavlo cutaway nylon string acoustic-electric, a Yamaha SLG ‘silent’ guitar, as well as a full range of archtop electrics from Yamaha, including a custom blonde AES-2000, an SA-2200, two AES-1500′s, a Hollywood Yamaha Custom Shop Weddington, made by Leo Knapp in the early 90’s, and a Kiyoshi Minakuchi Yamaha Tokyo Custom Shop AEX-1500, a personal favourite, named “Jackie”.
In his collection, Rik also has a National Lap Steel from the 50’s, an Alcivar resonator guitar, a Fender Jazz bass, a Yamaha Nathan East 5 string bass, and many other collectible instruments, including the first acoustic and electric guitars he ever owned, as well as the first Yairi classical he ever bought.