Beaten Rickenbackers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CircleOfCrows, Mar 12, 2014.


  1. CircleOfCrows

    CircleOfCrows

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    Anyone got any pics? Looking at getting a new(used) bass for a project I have been invited to take part in. It will get marked and banged heavily is the downside. Rickenbackers are my bass of choice but I would hate to see my current one taking that sort of beating. Too much sentimental value. Reasons aside... show me your well worn ricky's..
  2. Amara

    Amara Fumble-Fingered Beginner Supporting Member

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    A Chinese fake might not elicit hesitation to beat it up....
  3. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member

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    Deliberately bashing up a musical instrument as part of some kind "art" performance is disgusting and childish. If the project is that important and valuable, build a stage prop.

    Edit:
    If I'm misunderstanding what your potential project is doing, I apologize. But it sure sounds like beating up the instruments is part of the plan, and part of the show. Why else would you be looking for pictures? That's why I made the comment.
  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    My Ric isn't heavily worn yet, but it is getting used. With use comes wear. Check back in a few years. Its original owner doesn't seem to have done much with it between 1998 and when I got it last year. From the looks and feel of it, I played it more in six months than it got played in close to 15 years. It won't get deliberately bashed and damaged, though.
  5. mr.mow

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    Where does he say that? It could just be he's in a band that is fairly active on stage or are playing rough venues.
  6. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

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    Get a P-bass.

    Not only will it survive, but you can sell it for more once you're done.

    JK!:D
  7. CircleOfCrows

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    To clarify, it is not deliberate damage. The stage garb of said project is definitely going to scratch and wear it faster than I might like. High energy/aggressive show/music. I take care of all instruments and will not be damaging it intentionally, I simply fear it will be a symptom of said show.
  8. Pimmsley

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    Maybe it comes down to numbers... How much does the gig pay ? If you still get a healthy figure after outlay for the new Rick then definitely worth it, also you will always have a bass you are happy to play and worry less about at more adventurous gigs ;)
  9. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    Gotcha. That's plain old wear. I expect mine will suffer from some of that in time, although maybe not as fast.
  10. eukatheude

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    Might not be that. I used to play in a noise band in which i made sounds by jamming a screwdriver over the strings. The neck side has a few dings as a result, but they were never intentional.
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Not a Clique Member Supporting Member

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    Well, now WE'VE been told!
  12. BrianToska

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    Just from what I've learned on TB, aren't all Rics kind of beat?
  13. BrianToska

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  14. jbd5015

    jbd5015 Cool cars & Bass guitars Supporting Member

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    yes apparently the foreign copies are of better build quality, sound, parts, fit and finish than the real mccoy, for much less!!!!!

    coming from my experience buyin a 2nd hand '09 4003 and owning it for a year i probably dont know what im talking about. ive done less work to the ric than ive had to do to ANY of the other basses ive owned.

    i consider 'work' to be anything other than usual set-ups and neck tweaks throughout string changes, which for me are about every 2 months.

    mines got some dings, but nothing that adds charm like youre going for. 10 years from now? who knows what itll look like haha.

    cheers!
  15. CircleOfCrows

    CircleOfCrows

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    So anyone got pics of distressed, worn, relic'd beaten or otherwise Rics? Seems to be a rare thing to see!
  16. BassTapp

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    Slightly road worn.
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  17. callofcthulhu

    callofcthulhu

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    Can you show us on the diagram where the bad artist touched your bass?
  18. CircleOfCrows

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  19. Rickenmonster

    Rickenmonster Supporting Member

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    I saw the VanHalen bassist (Mike Anthony) smash a Ric at a show. I was annoyed. I was in highschool and making monthly payments to pay off mine.
  20. Ric5

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