Stay away Rick purists, I have a strand of garlic!
Just picked this up this morning. I'm a big Ibanez fan and have liked the Rick look and sound for quite awhile. Found this on CL a couple days ago. The guy had owned it for 17 years but was mainly a guitar player so he decided to let it go. It's a little dinged up but in pretty fantastic shape all things considered. The previous owner took some fantastic pictures before I purchased it, so I'll post some of them here.
I'm in love... this is actually the first passive bass I've ever owned. I just played it through my Fender Rumble 15 (the old Squier package amp) and it sounded terrific!! Can't wait to hear it through my big boy rig at the practice space today.
Now a couple of questions, from someone who knows nothing about passive pups, Ricks, old instruments, or much of anything else...
I'm assuming the switch is a pup selector, with neck, blend, and bridge. Is this correct?
Would maxing both the Bass and Treble volume pots cause a mid scoop? What exactly do the two tone knobs DO?
Obviously I can play and get an idea of how they affect the sound, but what are they doing?
It doesn't look like this thing has a truss rod. Is it just hiding or does it not have one? I'd like to take a little bow out of the neck as the strings at slanting upwards towards the bridge creating a higher action. Will I have to somehow lowered the bridge to do that?
The frets seem quite low compared to any other bass I've played. Is this just because it's 30+ years old? It doesn't bother me, in fact I might actually prefer it, but just curious.
I like to anchor my thumb and really dig into the strings sometimes. Seems like that's difficult to do on this because the edge of the pup housing thing is so far away from the E string. How do people typically anchor their thumb with these?
And I've read about neck dive but never experienced it. Most of my basses have sat pretty balanced. This bass seems to want to sit parallel to the ground when I let it hang naturally. Is there something I can do to improve that?
Thanks and enjoy the pics.