Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Music Scholar, Dec 17, 2012.
McCartney's 5 String RIC.
That's freaky. It looks like a Ric5 thang.
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I'd dearly love to have that----in right-hand build of course.
Drool. Anyone see him with it in action?
That looks cool.
I like the 7mm string spacing at the bridge.
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.
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.
Paul McCartney and a five string? I don't know, it just seems weird.
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.
He also has a 5 string Wal.
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.
It's a damn shame they never built a proper 5-string.
I disagree. I think it looks awesome.
The 4004cii5 was a proper 5 string bass ... except for the pickups, and it was about 2" wide at the nut ...
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.
There are a bunch of low notes all over Figure Of Eight.
That's a real beauty Jeff!
The 4004 RIC should have made.
Are those Nordstram pickups on the 4004cii-5?
"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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