The secret magic of the Rickenbacker bass pickups

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  1. reyalpssab

    reyalpssab

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    Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and probably my question has already been answered before, but I still do not know the answer.
    I'm listening to the sound of "Rickenbacker 4003" and I wonder if there is any secret in these pickups. I know they are single coil, but do not sound like other single coil, such as the Jazz Bass pickups.
    Anyone know why?
    I would appreciate a response and I apologize for my English. This is not my language
     
  2. JellinWellen

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    The pickups are special High gain pickups designed by rickenbacker, I would say they are 95% of the ric tone. There's a guy on here with a fender P but with Rick pickups in it and I remember him saying it sounds like a ric.
     
  3. Ric5

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    Things that contribute to the Rickenbacker unique sound ...

    1 - pickup locations
    2 - pickups - single coil and the wire size
    3 - maple construction
    4 - fretboard construction
    5 - pot values and wiring
     
  4. Ric5

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    Seymour duncan 1/4 pound single coil pickups have a similar tone to a Rick pickup.
     
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  6. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

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    Another way to do it:

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  7. line6man

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    Pot values and wiring don't make much difference, unless you're counting the HPF on the bridge pickup.

    And the unusual scale length should certainly contribute something.
     
  8. OzzyGreg

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    Isn't it just the 4001s that have that?
    I thought the 4003s lost the capacitor that had that effect and that's why they have a beefier sound than the older Ricks.
     
  9. line6man

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    Some 4003s have push/pull bypass switches.
     
  10. The_Phoenician

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    Chris Squire gets a good Ric tone by using a Telecaster with an extra pickup in the bridge position.
     
  11. Ric5

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    I disagree ... part of the classic high mid back of the 70s 4001 is the fact that they used 500k ohm tone pots on single coil pickups.


    That is part of it.
     
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  13. Ric5

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    Did he play that bass on the track or just use it in the video?

    That is Steve Howe in the video but Peter Banks played on the track.
     
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    Pot values only impart subtle tonal differences.
     
  15. The_Phoenician

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    Don't know if he played that bass on No Opportunity, but he did play it on A Venture from The Yes Album:

     
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    In this video Chris Squire is playing keyboards ... and Tony Kaye is playing bass ...

     
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    the biggest reason is their location; ric pickups are not in the same places as jazz bass pickups, and that totally changes the sound.
     
  18. reyalpssab

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    Someone knows a pickup with similar characteristics to those of Rick? (single coil, high gain, etc.)
     

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