Paul McCartneys 5 String Rickenbacker Bass

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  1. Music Scholar

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    McCartney's 5 String RIC.

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  2. Immigrant

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    That's freaky. It looks like a Ric5 thang.
  3. MEKer

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    I'd dearly love to have that----in right-hand build of course.
  4. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Drool. Anyone see him with it in action?
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  6. Herrick

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    That looks cool.
  7. Munjibunga

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    I like the 7mm string spacing at the bridge.
  8. PaulBoyer

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    Don't know if he still has it or not (depending on the source, PM has five or six Ricks), but that is a rare lefty 4003SPC Blackstar five string. I wanted to use that shot in the book, but the photog/agent wanted too much money for the privilege of free publicity.

    ;)
  9. Ric5

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    Thaanks for the compliment ... But I really copy what Rickenbacker did with the 4003s5 ... which essentially is put 5 strings on a 4 string neck. Except Rickenbacker has the resources of a complete factory and I have a one man shop in my basement which I operate as a part time hobby. My conversions have a better bridge spacing on the strings. The factory 5 string has a batter headstock.

    That is a stock 4003s5 with black trim and it looks to have a painted fretboard as well.
  10. cfsporn

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    Paul McCartney and a five string? I don't know, it just seems weird.
  11. Ric5

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    Actually it is 13mm ... that makes it hard to play fingerstyle. It ca be modified to have a 15mm spacing which is still tight. Which is why my 2 Rics are 4004s because I can get a 16mm spacing.
  12. Ric5

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    He also has a 5 string Wal.
  13. FrednBass

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    But i'm with you there, it does looks weird.
    But he said the only time he ever used the B string was to produce a low C in "Free as a Bird", so he don't care much for 5'ers.
  14. millsbass5

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    It's a damn shame they never built a proper 5-string.
  15. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    I disagree. I think it looks awesome.
  16. Ric5

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    The 4004cii5 was a proper 5 string bass ... except for the pickups, and it was about 2" wide at the nut ...

    http://www.3dentourage.com/425/04-4004cii5.htm

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  17. Ric5

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    I know he has the 1964 4001s, and the 4003s5 pictured above. I think he also has 4004ci. I don't know what he has after that.
  18. nattiep

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    There are a bunch of low notes all over Figure Of Eight.
  19. kcole4001

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    That's a real beauty Jeff!
    The 4004 RIC should have made.
  20. iiipopes

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    Are those Nordstram pickups on the 4004cii-5?
  21. FrednBass

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    "I played the Wal, and what I liked was I played very, very
    normal bass, really out of the way, because I didn't want to
    'feature.' There are one or two moments where I break a little
    bit loose, but mostly I try to anchor the track. There's one
    lovely moment when it modulates to *C*, so I was able to use
    the low *C* of the 5-string--and that's it, the only time I use
    the low one, which I like, rather than just bassing out and
    being low, low, low. I play normal bass, and then there's this
    low *C* and the song takes off. It actually takes off anyway
    because a lot of harmonies come in and stuff, but it's a real cool
    moment that I'm proud of. That's my Wal moment."

    Magazine: Bass Player
    Issue: July/August 1995
    Title: Paul McCartney - Meet The Beatle
    Author: Tony Bacon

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