My mapleglo Rickenbacker has started to turn a gold color. Is this normal with a RIC?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Music Scholar, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Music Scholar

    Music Scholar

    Dec 12, 2012
    My mapleglo Rickenbacker has started to turn a gold color. Is this normal with a Rickenbacker mapleglo finish?

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  2. SF_Bassist


    Dec 15, 2011
    Not sure about the mapleglo, but the finish on my 85 4001 is definitely less brilliant than it used to be.
  3. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Yes! Beautiful patina! Too bad this rare 4000 model is now only worth about half of what it would have been otherwise had the original pickup not been removed from it.
  4. Music Scholar

    Music Scholar

    Dec 12, 2012
    This is not an original 4000. It's a 1995 4003S that I got for a really cheap price. I had a new pickguard cut for it to cover the neck pick ups I removed so now it looks like a 4000 model. I still have all the original parts so I can put it back to it's originally set up. I always wanted a 4000 model but eveytime I find one used it's way out of my price range. I know what you mean iiipopes, if I got my hands on a real 4000 I would not change anything on it. The bridge pickup I installed on this is one of the new Joe Barden RIC replacement humbuckers. I'm real happy with it. The bass no longer has the single coil hum when plugged into an amp and it still sounds like a RIC.
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  6. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
  7. Does anyone know why that's happening?
  8. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
  9. Jeff Scott

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

    AWESOME! :cool:

    Except for the non original pickup, pickguard and control positions.
  10. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Just to be clear, it's not just Rick's that have this happen. Check out an older Olympic White Fender; they yellow just like the white Ricks.

    In any case, RIC used to use a conversion varnish that is affected by UV radiation. Blueboys become Seafoam Greenboys often as well. Personally, I like the ambering on a Mapleglo.

    About a year or two ago, RIC started using a new finish. I think it's still a conversion varnish (possibly not), but it is UV-resistant, so the colors are expected to remain consistent over time.
  11. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Well, alrighty then. Never mind.
  12. LarryCrabtree


    Sep 19, 2011
    I know on my P bass the Olympic white has turned a beautiful yellow over time.
  13. If you keep the instrument in its case at all times, and never play it, this will not happen.

  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    What a fantastic looking bass!
  15. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    That looks great!!

  16. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    my Rockinbetter is doing this too, it@s like a very light gold but not all over only in some parts and it really catches the light too. mine is only two months old.
  17. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    the pickguard and control positions look stock to me. just not an original pickup, but you could put a RI horseshoe in there.
  19. Jeff Scott

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

    It is possible the PG is the stock shape for that vintage, but the controls are too parallel to the strings compared to other 4000s that I have seen ('50s-mid '60s 4000s are eve more angled than the late '60s through the end of the production of them). I prefer the shape of 4001 PGs, I would have put one of those on the bass as long as it was being replaced, anyway, maybe even a longer '60s style PG, especially if a HS PU was going in it. :cool:
  20. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Just like my jazz.

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  21. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Nice Rickenbacker 4000!

    I would take out the tone sucking Seymour Duncan pickup and put in a Ric hb-1. The wire it in with a toggle so you can make it go Series, Parallel, Single. It would improve the tone of the bass and make it more "Rickenbacker" and thus increase resale value.

    Unitl a few years ago Rickenbackers had a finish that yellows with time.