P bass vs RIC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by txthrashking, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. which one is better in your opinion for metal
  2. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    Personally, a P because of the bigger bottom.

    You should also try searching. P vs. Ric is a common topic here.
  3. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    In my opinion, the best bass for anything is the one you're most comfortable playing/hearing.
  4. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    What's the best thread for the best bass for metal?
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  6. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    You will meet more ladies with the Ric .
  7. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I was playing my 4000 when I met my wife.
    Women, like musicians, tend to be attracted to shiny things.
  8. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    My girlfriend is attracted to my Ps.
    Hell, she picked one of them out with me :D


    Shiny doesn't JUST belong to the Rics.
  9. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Christiansburg, VA
    Go to you tube, search Cliff Burton (ric), Steve Harris (p bass). I would go Ric.
  10. You're asking to get beaten around the head and neck with the "use a search!" and "read the sticky" clubs, here. :D

    Both basses are great for metal. Lemmy sounds great on a Ric, Tim Commerford sounds great on a J, and Steve Harris sounds great on a P. Countless guys use Spector, but that doesn't mean that they're the "best bass for metal".

    You might try figuring out what metal sound you're looking for and then use the bass that is used in that sound. Also recognize that a lot of what makes one bass sound different from another bass gets lost in all of the effects that a lot of metal guys use.
  11. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Yes, but that is a pretty shiny/sparkly P in the picture.
    Add an anodized or chromed 'guard and you'll have a Phil Lynott style chick magnet!
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    He speaks the truth.

    To answer your inquiry about the pickup, I still say P for the exact same reason - bigger bottom (series wiring for fat sound).
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    We pull the plug out and we: nah na nah na

    We got a time bomb, we got a time bomb: tick tick tick tick
  14. You will stand out from the "Everybody's got a Spector" and "My bass is so pointy" crowd if you go for a Ric.
  15. intheory


    Nov 17, 2009
    SW Florida
  16. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    If you're into very high gain/distortion tones, the Rick will feedback quite easily when you get close to the amp, so be aware of that.
    Hot single coils do that.
  17. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    No, you must have missed it. He said he was playing metal. ;)

    Steve Harris: "The P Bass"
    Lemmy from Motorhead: "No, dummie, the Ric"

    If they came to blows, it would be interesting to see. I think Lemmy could definitely take him in a fair fight, but Harris usually has a 10-foot tall monster on stage with him, so there's that. Lemmy has that wart, tis true, but Steve is rocking those awesome wristbands.

    Now, if you're talking modern metal, you'll want something blacker and pointier than either a P or Ric.

    All kidding aside, both basses would be fine choices. Hopefully you can try them out in a store and decide which one speaks to you more, in terms of sound, feel, or hopefully both.
  18. Honestly anything will work for metal with the right EQ'ing and amp setup. I'm not sure I sould use a Beatle Bass, though.
  19. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    as stated before, Cliff Burton used a Ric with metallica, and so did DD Verni on the early Overkill albums. Steve Harris has been using p-bass forever, and Alex webster even used one on two of the early Cannibal Corpse albums (butchered at birth and eaten back to life)
  20. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Electric Upright for metal, imo.