Find me this bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Disco Batman, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. It sounds like a Ric, has the comfort of a Fender Jazz and the smooth playability of a Music Man.

    What is it?
  2. Jawbone


    Jul 15, 2010
    Humboldt County
    It's a Ric, they have all three requirements: tone, comfort and playability.
  3. cataract


    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Doesn't really sound too much like a Rick but I'd say a Gibson Ripper would cover all three of those bases fairly well.
  4. Sponsored by:

  5. Knettgummi


    Sep 28, 2011
  6. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Sponsored by The Letter G
    Any of the RIC models without binding (4001S, 4001V63, 4001C64, et al).
  7. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
  8. Don't know anyone that has tried it. it's fairly new, but looks interesting. And yeah, the price raises some concerns, but if the body is properly built, one can switch out the electronics for this price.
  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse

    Jul 31, 2008
    Cool bass, but .....

    That won't SOUND like a Rickenbacker OR a Jazz Bass. I'm sure it's a fine bass, but the Rick-ish shape is cosmetic, and the pickup configuration won;t allow it to sound like either. It will sound like....well, a Retrovibe Vantage Bass ! Of course you could mod it somewhat, but even then it will be missing some of the key elements to Rickenbacker tone.

    For Rick tone you need .... maple body ... thick RW fretboard...rick pickups ...multiple truss rods... etc ....

  10. themacinator

    themacinator Always looking for the perfect gig

    Oct 8, 2009
    8,600 feet in the Colorado Rockies
    Endorsing Artist: Babicz FCH Hardware
    This one in the middle. I bought it, plays great. Boggles bassists at every gig.


    blindrabbit likes this.
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Rickenbacker 4004 Laredo or Cheyenne ii, depending on whether you want something a bit brighter or warmer, respectively.
  12. Hahaha... That thing's amazing!!!!!!!! Great find!
  13. Avalon


    Feb 28, 2009
    Ha. Now you're just fuggin wid me. :smug:
  14. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    That right there is a stroke of genius. If someone started making that as a custom build, I bet there'd be bassists lined up for it.
  15. themacinator

    themacinator Always looking for the perfect gig

    Oct 8, 2009
    8,600 feet in the Colorado Rockies
    Endorsing Artist: Babicz FCH Hardware
    So the RickenFender or FenderBacker started it's life as a 60th Anniversary MIM P-bass. All the electronics came from Pick of the Rick's. All 4003 parts including the toggle and the push/pull pot. Routing and build completed with a Babicz bridge. So I have the sound and versatility of a Rick with the ergonomics of a Precision. And like I have said, bassist's in the crowd ALL look at with boggled minds.
  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    That Precision's got my attention.
  17. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Albany, NY
  18. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse

    Jul 31, 2008
    How does that "sound like a Ric and has the comfort of a Jazz" ?

    More likely it "feels like a Ric and sounds like a Jazz".


    Cool bass though ...I like it.
  19. Okay...okay...stop this before...before I spend lots of money making a Fenderbacker...
  20. ONE DAY I'm getting Fender to make me one of those but with a neck-through Ricklike design...:hyper:

Play guitar too? Become a founding member of