3 MAIN ELECTRIC GUITARS:
2 GIBSON Les Paul “Classic” 60′s reissue, chambered, with custom MJS handwound pickups. There’s a black LP (Rik’s favourite, nicknamed “Johnnie”, as in Johnnie Walker Black), and one in a honeyburst finish, called “Goldie”:
1 Godin Supreme, in a vintage sunburst, modded with MJS pickups, nicknamed “Soupy”.
Custom pickups added in 2015:
Both the Les Paul neck pickups are: MJS Black Earth @ 8.4K ohms output, with Neodymium magnet
Both the Les Paul bridge pickups are: MJS Hum IV @ 13.4K ohms output, with Ceramic magnet
Soupy’s neck pickup is an MJS Split Single @ 9.2K ohms output, with Alnico 2 magnets
The bridge pickup is an MJS Custom Hum III @ 10.8K ohms output, Alnico 2 bar magnet with alternating Alnico 2 polepieces and steel slugs
MAIN ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES: Godin A6 Ultra, in cognacburst.
D’Addario strings on all. On electrics, EXL 140 – .010 to .052: on the Godin acoustic-electric, EJ21 [jazz light, .012 to .052].
OTHER STUDIO GUITARS
1 Gibson custom shop Les Paul Standard [chambered], chocolate brown flame top, 60’s neck, with DiMarzio SD pickups;
1 Gibson Custom Shop CS-356, cherry flame GIBSON (nicknamed “Ruby”: outfitted with Gibson’s hotter ceramic magnet pickups, disguised under gold pickup covers).
1 Gibson CS 6 / 12 doubleneck, in arctic white.
Rik also has a 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: a blonde one with a floating neck pickup; a tobacco burst with a full-size humbucker on the top; and a red one with two humbuckers and a Bigsby.
In the main studio racks are Rik’s favoured studio acoustics: a Martin OCMPA 1 [stock] and a Yamaha LSX-36C modded with a Fishman Matrix II.
There’s also a non-cutaway Yamaha L-36, and 1981 L-55 6 and 12 dreadnought acoustics, a Pacifica USA-1 electric [custom shop, with Seymour Duncans], a 1979 Laskin handmade classical, a Fender Jeff Beck Strat [stock, with a white finish], a customized Esquire Japanese reissue in tobacco burst with Barden pickups, and a 2012 American Fender Telecaster in a Metallic Jade finish (all the Fenders have rosewood fingerboards).
Pedalboard: electric and acoustic gigs: VOX Tonelab SE. [AMPS: anything clean will do. The one used most at home is a Roland Cube 60, but there’s also a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III.] For rock sounds, Rik leans towards classic Marshall Plexi and Vox Top Boost amp modeling.
Rik uses a regular size heavy pick, and also has acrylic nails on his right hand.
In 2007, DEAN reissued a limited edition Rik Emmett model Flying V from the Triumph Allied Forces era.
Rik also owns a Baby Sitar electric, a Yamaha SLG ‘silent’ guitar, as well as a wide range of archtop electrics from Yamaha, including a custom blonde AES-2000 from 1985, two custom shop AES-1500′s, and a Kiyoshi Minakuchi Yamaha Tokyo Custom Shop AEX-1500, a personal favourite, nicknamed “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.
Custom pickups added in 2015:
Both the Les Paul – Necks are: MJS Black Earth @ 8.4K ohms output, with Neodymium magnet
Both the Les Paul – Bridges are: MJS Hum IV @ 13.4K ohms output, with Ceramic magnet
Godin Neck is: MJS Split Single @ 9.2K ohms output, with Alnico 2 magnets
Godin Bridge is: MJS Custom Hum III @ 10.8K ohms output, Alnico 2 bar magnet with alternating Alnico 2 polepieces and steel slugs
Rik’s luthier / repairman is Mike ‘Smitty’ Smith
and his local guitar store is The Guitar Shop in Port Credit Ontario