Ric or not to Ric?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fender2015, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    Thinking about selling all gear and buying a Ric. Any opinions? Don't like tone of my American Jazz bass. Thinking of getting ric or deluxe precision with pj set up. What ya think?
  2. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    You will have to change your name to RIC2015.... ;-P
  3. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    What don't you like about the Jazz? I only have experience with a Rickenfaker (Univox) but I also have a Fender Jazz bass Special (P/J) and its a really great bass. P body with Jazz neck is perfect for me.
  4. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
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  6. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    Jazz bass has great lows but I miss having a higher end
  7. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Great bass. I have a Ric...4003 Monty Brown

    But I don't use it for everything...I could..but find the P or J more comfy..so grab that first.

    It's damn versatile...but I got the one with the super chunky neck and the toaster pickup.

    Depends on what music you play too..
  8. Mockyngbyrd


    May 1, 2013
    Go for the Ric. Got my first one 6 months ago and I like it a lot.
  9. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    I loved having my Ric but could never get a full range of tone to cover the sound I needed for different songs. My Ric sounded like a Ric. My Jazz, however, can be made to sound like a Ric, a Jazz, a PBass, and nearly anything except maybe a Wal, and I could probably get close to that with a pup/preamp change. The fact is I never liked the feel of the Ric, where as I love the feel of my Jazz.

    Just my two cents.
  10. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Look for a 70's Ibanez Ric copy. Almost as good as the real thing at a fraction of the price.
  11. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    I was looking for the ibanez copy, but i wasn't sure if it sounded like the ric or just looked like it
  12. Try using just the bridge pickup and then crank the treble knob if needed.
  13. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    I've been on a Rick-kick lately, really enjoying them. Contrary to "rocmonster" I don't think a Jazz can sound like a Ric, nothing really does IMO. They're different than what you're used to with a Jazz but once you figure them out they're as versatile as any two pickup bass. The second bass I owned was an old '72 Ric that I bought used in about 1983 and I still dig playing it today.
  14. Jonithen

    Jonithen Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Central MA
    I got a Rickenbacker 4003 so I don't really need my Precision Deluxe anymore, you can get a good deal on it in the classifieds ;-)
  15. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Both. I have one. The only real differences are a bolt on neck and mono output. Otherwise, it's just about as good as the real thing.
  16. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    I'm not sure if its because it was a copy, but my Univox always had this vintage vibe to it. Not that its a bad thing but I didn't always want to have that sound. The neck was great though, super easy to play.
  17. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    I am looking for the Ibanez, I posted a wanted ad, but no responses yet
  18. Tough call. I own one (4003) and it has a distictive tone to it if only using the regular input. If you can try one without going in with 'rose-coloured glasses' objectively listen and see if you're going to enjoy the tone as well as the feel then go for it. On the bright side, you could probably turn around and sell it for the same amount so you wouldn't lose much and you'd scratch that Ric itch.
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would most definitely play one first
  20. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    I found mine on Ebay. It was also on reverb.com. You need to look through these sites continually because when an Ibby Ric copy pops up it doesn't last long.
  21. Fender2015

    Fender2015 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    Yeah, I saw one on Reverb but it was a mess, had to fix it up which is hard with a '74.