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NBD: 2012 Rickenbacker 4003 Ruby Red

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soxhats, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

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    My first Ric, after wondering, dreaming and GAS'ing for a while. What turned me was borrowing a friend's 4003 for a couple of days, as well as a great experience with Wildwood Guitars.

    She arrived today. My very first move was to replace the treble pickup cover (extremely annoying obstacle for me) with an aftermarket treble bezel deluxe. I also changed the strings from the stock Ric strings to Rotosound 66s. (The factory strings were perfectly fine, but I had the Rotos already and thought I might as well go for the classic combination.)

    The neck is a bit fuller and more D-shaped than I'd thought it would be. While I'm usually not fond of such a neck profile, for whatever reason, this one feels right in my hand.

    The red is stunning.

    This is going to be fun.
  2. Buster Brown

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    I own a MD And a MG Ric and I love them both, but that Ruby is definitely something special....



    Congrats!!!!:hyper:
  3. blastoff99

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    Gorgeous color. Congratulations!
  4. BrentSimons

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    Beautiful bass man!
    Nothing like a new Rick. I'll have another one someday...:)
    Take Care,
    Brent
  5. Ric5

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    Ya the 2012 neck got a little fatter. the 2009, 2010, and 2011 basses had slimmer necks. Not a huge difference though.
  6. zhollywood

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    Absolutely beautiful!
    I have a 79 Autumnglo Ric 4001 and ever since I was a kid (I'm 22 now) have always wanted a Ruby Rick!
  7. woodyng

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    Congrats,Ruby is one of the best looking colors they've done,and it looks especially great with the classic features of the 4003!
  8. BassGen

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    Looks beautiful! Congrats!

    I love my 2011 MG and also have a 2010 JG.
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    She's a beaut - Congrats!
  10. jbossolo

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    Very nice! How's that growl?
  11. Stephent28

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    yes...the new color looks incredible under the lights!

    you are gonna love it.

    congrats
  12. soxhats

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    Thanks, everyone! She's a growling!... Neck feels not too far from my 2009 P Bass.
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    Looks great , love the red. By the way , your old Ray says hello. I will be rocking it Jan 25 opening for the Joe Taylor Group!
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    Beautiful! Congrats!
  15. soxhats

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    Hey Randy! As you can see, I did a SPLENDID job not buying another bass after I sold you the Ray because I had too many basses.:rollno:
  16. Mind Eroded

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    love the color...reminds me of the burgundy Ric 4001 Cliff Burton used to play. You are giving me some major Ric GAS..i'm still kicking myself for selling mine a few years ago. congrats, dude
  17. portlandguy

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    I like that color,
  18. EagleMoon

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    Does your bass have the thicker neck up by the headstock? I think they call it a volute. The ruby that I played had that, and it made the neck feel a lot fatter.
  19. Josh Thatguy

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    Add this to the list of confusing details. I thought the necks were all chunky until major changes for the 2012 model year, from what I'd read.
    Either way, I'm lusting for one...... now I just gotta find a Ric owner who wants to swap for a bass project originally built for Peter Steele.....

    The Blackstar Ric I saw on another thread yesterday floored me. But then again, this sanguine-toned Ric is gorgeous too... reminds me of fresh blood.... and after all, what's a little blood amongst friends anyway....
  20. soxhats

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    I'm guessing it does. To be honest, I was expecting a slightly thinner neck, but am happy with this one nonetheless. Feels kinda like my 2009 P Bass, maybe just the tiniest bit more of a D profile on the Ric. I find the chunkiness pleasant -- not like a big fat 60s P or a StingRay, which I don't find comfortable. YMMV, of course.

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