Alright so this one is back on the market after some reworking. I had this listed a while back, it was sold, and then I found out about an issue in the nut when I went to remove it and refunded the buyers money. I knew it was going to take a while to get right. Because of the issues, I'm listing it at 1350.00 shipped. The drama:
When I removed the nut, there were a couple paint chips that came with it; on either side of the nut. They are small and don't affect playability, but they are there. What I think happened, was Ric painted the bass and didn't let the it cure enough and they slapped the nut on. Not only did they do that, but I don't see how they could have not known the nut wasn't seated properly. The slot was uneven and sloppy and instead of fixing it, they threw a bunch of glue all over to cover it up
Once I cleaned out the nut slot, I took it to Matt at Cascade Guitars to fit a nut proper. He did a great job and it's playing better than ever. When this bass arrived in my hands I was really kind of underwhelmed with the tone. It didn't sing like other Ric's I've owned and it's apparent to me that the nut was the culprit. I guess when you decide to glue the nut to the side of the fretboard rather than the neck, the tone suffers....who would have guessed?
Acoustically, the bass is singing, and plugged in, the sustain is what I've come to expect from a Ric. It's awesome, but still not conducive to my playing. Action is set to medium low action with zero buzz with the original strings. The bass is back to stock with a couple exceptions: This bass has had the pickup and electronics cavities shielded, the frets have been leveled and crowned, and there us a trebel bezel installed.
Comes with case candy and OHSC. I'll put some pics of everything here shortly, but here are a couple starters: