John Kay


The John Kay model is probably the hardest model to find
It was also built using the most expensive Rickenbacker model
 The last John Kay I bought cost me $6,250.00
 value Today  probably about $7,500.00


A Rock and Roll Rebel Rides Again

John Kay and his band Steppenwolf performed before a "standing room only" crowd at a show held recently for the benefit of Rickenbacker's best dealers.

Featured in Kay's performance was the John Kay Limited Edition Rickenbacker and the sound which brought Steppenwolf to prominence as one of the giants of rock and roll.

The sound that decreed he was "born to be wild" is incorporated in the new model 38IJK which is the modern equivalent to the guitar Kay used in his early Steppenwolf days.

To add to the powerful style which distinguishes John Kay from lesser musicians, this model was designed with several timely updates including active electronics and special John Kay Model extras. These include Rickenbacker's newly designed humbucking pickup, active and passive modes, lead phase switch and a four position rotary switch which provides for many different combinations of single coil and humbucking pickup configurations.

The John Kay 381 also offers stereo and monaural outputs a customized exterior with silver pick guard, silver nameplate and jet glow finish.

Only 250 of these instruments were manufactured practically ensuring the result that this model will become a collector's item for the discerning guitar buff in the ensuing years. Each guitar was accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by John Kay.

John Kay, a rock and roll rebel, lately proved to an audience full of loyal fanatics that classic rock stars never fade away: they just become legends in the annals of rock history as do the guitars they play.

 

Press Release

Santa Ana, California (October 1, 1988) Rickenbacker International Corporation announces acceptance of orders for the John Kay Limited Edition. John Kay, as founder and leader of the legendary rock group, Steppenwolf, has been an integral component in forming the Los Angeles music scene since the 1960's with such monster hits as "Born to Be Wild". John Kay and Steppenwolf continue to perform to sold out concerts throughout the world.

The John Kay Limited Edition incorporates elements of the Rickenbacker 381 he used in early Steppenwolf days with additions for active electronics and personalized appointments. The instrument features two HB-1's, Rickenbacker's newly designed humbucking pickup, active and passive modes, lead phase switch and a four position rotary switch which offers various combinations of single coil and humbucking pickup configurations. The guitar offers stereo and monaural outputs and includes unique appointments such as silver pickguard, Jetglo finish and silver nameplate.

John Kay offered over 25 years of professional experience in design specifications for this instrument. The Company considers the electronics as leading innovations in offering a variety of tonal qualities and electronic configurations.

A limited number of instruments will be manufactured. Each instrument will be accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and Origin. The  price is  $1,699..00.

 

John Kay
On The John Kay Model

"Greetings! This guitar is based on the model 381 which I first played in 1968 and used on various Steppenwolf records. The pickups and electronics have been updated using some of Rickenbacker's most recent advances. As a result, this instrument, while very quiet, has a high output level and a wide selection of tonal colors."

"The look of the guitar is something I am particularly pleased with. Since I am totally color blind, I gravitate towards high contrasts, hence the black and silver combination. I enjoyed designing what I think is a striking instrument, which is made with much skill and care in the USA."

"In these times of stamped out imitations, it is a pleasure to be associated with something genuine and of high quality."

"Hope you feel the same."

John Kay
Steppenwolf

Sookie Sookie Sookie  Sookie Sookie Sookie    Soooooooo

 

 

 

Born To Be Wild 
Magic Carpet Ride,
Monster,
Rock Me,
The Pusher 
Sookie Sookie,
For Ladies Only 
 
 


Born To Be Wild

Mars Bonfire

Get your motor runnin' Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure  And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen,  
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once And explode into space

I like smoke and lightning, Heavy metal thunder 
Racin' with the wind, And the feelin' that I'm under
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once, And explode into space

Like a true nature's child 
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high  
I never wanna die

Born to be wild
Born to be wild

MCA Music (BMI)
All rights for the USA controlled and administered by
MCA Corporation of America, INC

Born to Be Wild was perhaps
one of the first references to Heavy Metal


MAGIC CARPET RIDE 

John Kay / Rushton Moreve

I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl, Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away

Last night I held Aladdin's lamp
And so I wished that I could stay
Before the thing could answer me
Well, someone came and took the lamp away
I looked around, a lousy candle's all I found

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl, Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away
 

Copyright MCA Music (BMI)
All rights for the USA controlled and administered by
MCA Corporation of America, INC

 

SOOKIE SOOKIE 

Steve Cropper and Don Covay

Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now
Let it hang out baby, everybody work out
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Let it hang out baby, do the Baltimore jig
Let it hang out baby, boomerang with me
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Really got it bad child, drink a bottle of turpentine
When you wake up in the morning, feelin' kinda fine
Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now

You better watch your step girl, don't step on that banana peel
If your foot should ever hit it, you'll go up to the ceiling
Hang it in baby, hang it in baby
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Let it hang out baby, let it hang out now, now na-na now
Let it hang out baby, everybody work out
Hang it in baby, hang it in baby, hang it in baby
Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, Sue

Irving Music, Inc. and Cotillion Music Inc.
c/o Irving Music Inc., in the U.S.
International Copyright Secured. All right reserved

 

THE PUSHER 

 Hoyt Axton

You know I've smoked a lot of grass
O' Lord, I've popped a lot of pills
But I never touched nothin'
That my spirit could kill
You know, I've seen a lot of people walkin' 'round
With tombstones in their eyes
But the pusher don't care
Ah, if you live or if you die

God damn, The Pusher
God damn, I say The Pusher
I said God damn, God damn The Pusher man

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand
Oh but the pusher is a monster
Good God, he's not a natural man
The dealer for a nickel
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet dreams
Ah, but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he'll leave your, he'll leave your mind to scream

God damn, The Pusher
God damn, God damn the Pusher
I said God damn, God, God damn The Pusher man

Well, now if I were the president of this land
You know, I'd declare total war on The Pusher man
I'd cut him if he stands, and I'd shoot him if he'd run
Yes I'd kill him with my Bible and my razor and my gun

God Damn The Pusher
God Damn The Pusher
I said God Damn, God Damn The Pusher man

Irving Music Inc. (BMI)

 

he Pusher was my absolute favorite Steppenwolf Tune,  It was written by Hoyt Axton  Son of Mae Boren Axton who wrote tunes for Elvis, Hoyt is a movie actor, perhaps his most memorable role was he played the father in the movie Gremlins,  Remember the guy who was the crazy inventor of "The Bathroom Buddy" etc.

No one can sign this song like John Kay,  I have heard plenty of people try,  but absolutely no one comes close.

Ed Roman

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