Need help with a 70s Ric copy (pics)
Got my hands on this last year. after a major setup, it plays beautifully and the neck pickup sounds amazing, but it needs a bridge pickup.
I can install it myself, but i'm not too up on Rics.
Will any Rickenbacker styled 4001/4003 bridge pickup work? Will i need any other parts? Any other advice or history?
I think it's either an Ibanez or maybe a Greco.
Really nails the Chris Squier sound.
Can't help with the pickups (Jason Lollar was doing horseshoes, but he's embroiled in a court case with Ric over that at the moment:rollno:), but the neckplate is a 99.99% indicator that it's from the Matsumoku factory, i.e. it's an Aria.
Link to the page in the 1977 Aria Pro II catalogue:
^ "body-penetrating neck.... unbreakable metal jack plate".
+1 Matsumoko. Ibanez, Aria, Greco, etc. plenty of threads here on TB.
I recently got an almost identical Ric copy from that era labelled Gonzales (written on tip of headstock). Can't give any advice on pickups(yet), but enjoy it bro.
How heavy is yours? Mine is around 11lbs. Big thick sound.... Rounds + pick + OD = :yep
Seymour Duncan makes a set, can't say how close they come to the originals.
I believe Bartolini makes a set as well. Found the link on their new website: http://www.bartolini.net/product-cat.../rickenbacker/
All the best,
also joe barden makes a set. Look up JBE
Here's where to search....
Thanks for all the greaT links. So i guess it's an Aria?
This is one of 3 Matsumoku basses that I have. (others are Univox Hi-flyer bass, and an Ibanez Silver series P) I wonder what created the decision for the blank truss-rod cover.
I'll read up..
I love this bass. I'd say it's moderately heavy but well balanced and a chunky neck. Most likely similar to yours, Groove Doc.
Also, ric source seems like a great place! I might register.
I hear the Duncan replacements are meant to be upgrades, not claiming to capture that exact Ric sound. I actually played a mid 2000's mapleglo 4003 with those Duncan replacements around 7 years ago and i remember loving that bass even though I didn't think i was a Ric guy at the time.
It's too bad i need to keep the cost down but I'm definitely keen on finding something soon.
Not sure if this will fit? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Seym...item4619b85a3f http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-RICKENBA...item58ab786fee
I have a Univox with Barts, and the neck PU is a split coil, so it sounds like a P-Bass. So keep that in mind.
Here's 3 places to get real Ric pickups.
Here's some replacement pickups that sound good ...
You can also put a jazz pickup in there.
Avoid the Seymour Duncan and Bartolini Ric replacement pickup. They do not have a Ric tone at all.
But that would require me screwing the pickup into the body, being that I wouldn't have the bottom mounting plate right?
I actually have a few spare J bridge pickups. :ninja:
I own a Ric copy and I am also looking to replace and upgrade parts.
Any pickup designed for a Ric will do.
The Duncan's are humbuckers and are pretty much hated by Ric fans although I can see where they would be useful.
The closest in terms of sound seem to be Classic Amplification and are priced well too.
If in USA but direct from Ric, if in UK try Rosetti.
Hope this helps
Yeah, screw it into the body like the on a Fender - stick some foam underneath.:)
F.Y.I. - threw some Schaller roller saddles onto the original bent-plate bridge. The bridge plate was built to nicely not to use and I wanted to continue my black and silver/white trim theme.
oooo ... very cool ... a 5 string rickenfaker
I put a jazz pickup in my 1993 4004L5. The Seymour Duncan 1/4 pounder works good in a Rick. Although the one in the picture is the hot model. I later switched it out for a 1/4 pounder.
On this Fenderbird I also put a jazz pickup with a Ric surround.
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