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Rickenbackers=perfect

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Sep 24, 2013.


  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    I just wanted to say how perfect Rickenbacker 4001/3's are to me. The way that the clean punch of the maple body and neck is compliments the warmth added by the rosewood fretboard, the flawless neck through construction, the thick, chocolaty neck pickup being really close to the neck but not getting in the way of fretting that last fret, the bright, gnarly bridge pickup placed right next to where the lower pickup half would be on a pbass(IMO the sweet spot for a bridge pickup), the curved body shape, and the fact that each pickup has it's own independent volume and tone control for even greater tone shaping. All of these things together create the classic Rickenbacker Growl.:)
     
  2. I've only had the privelage to play a rick once and I loved it but they're not perfect.


    Their one problem is they're too damn expensive.
     
  3. purfektstranger

    purfektstranger

    Apr 10, 2003
    Canada
    Never played one but they have a real classic look. Would love to try one some day.
     
  4. IronLung1986

    IronLung1986

    May 19, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    now here is some much needed rick love! and i do love ricks...last week i had the worst GAS in years for a black 4003 at Bass Northwest. thankfully i didn't buy it (i already have a 4003 for god's sake!) but it's still on my mind. from my own experience with ricks i'm all too aware of their imperfections, but they will always feel like home to me :)
     
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  6. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

    I love mine. There's nothing quite like it.
     
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I love my Rics and none of them are perfect ...

    I did modify them to make them better.
     
  8. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    I'm a member of the Rickenbacker fan club for over 30 years. I love the sound and the feel - and their workmanship and materials are superb. I put the 4003 modification into my 4001 and the additional tonal flexibility made it even better. Long term satisfaction is the true test of an instrument and my Ric has passed with flying colors
     
  9. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    Disclosures:
    Firemelon
    I go through phases. Sometimes all I want to play is my 4003, other times I want something else. But yeah it's a great bass, wouldn't want to be without it!
     
  10. rocmonster

    rocmonster

    Oct 31, 2011
    Loved mine but haven't owned one for over 25 years. I like the feel of the new ones better than my original '79. My only gripe is that I find my one favorite sound (that Geddy-Hemispheres tone) and then can't get anything else useful. I don't know if it's the bass or me, but I can get every sound I need out of my Jazz.
     
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    I don't have one.

    I sure do wish I did.

    I had a 4001 back in the day.

    Man, they sure are nice.
     
  12. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    My first bass was a 4001 bought it new in 1979. probably my first big purchase that I ever worked for. Sold that one for a transmission rebuild that I needed. I never thought I would see another Ric in my hands, but in 2011 (I think it was), I could not resist the MF Blowout for new 4003's. I got a flawless Midnight Blue. I can get a fantastic deep sound out of it.
     
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    I've been playing Rickenbackers for 40 years, they must be doing something right! :bassist:
     
  14. sloppy_phil

    sloppy_phil

    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
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    Not actually named Phil
    I'll throw in on the Ric love; it's been my go-to for everything since I got it 2+ years ago. No GAS for any other bass since then. Hoping that stays the same :D
     
  15. Gbass75

    Gbass75 Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Berkeley, California
    RICS RULE!!!

    (My avatar speaks for itself!)
     
  16. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wisconsin
  17. K2000

    K2000

    Nov 16, 2005
    Brooklyn
    As a player, I'm not really a fan (the string spacing throws me, for one thing) but I was wondering:

    What give the Rick that rubbery "boing" sound that seems to be characteristic? (I do like the sound of Ricks, just not the right bass for me personally). Where does that come from, and what is it... a type of filtering that comes from the pickups?
     
  18. Rickenbackers are basically perfect for my hands. A 21st fret would be nice, too.

    Besides that, though, I'm pretty content with mine. Except I only have the one. I'd like another one, to put in BEAD tuning. Actually, I'd like a couple more, as a fretless would be good to have as well. And an eight string.

    This could get out of control pretty fast.
     
  19. but you can bend it up to a 21st :hyper:
     
  20. Love 'em. Played a few but never owned one (yet). IMO they are a bit overpriced though, at least in the EU. And not having 24 frets is a problem for me, though i realise there's nothing to do about that, short of putting a pup in the neck.
     
  21. I'd rather not have to in order to get that high E.