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Thumb or Ricky?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Felix Riley, Dec 7, 2013.


warwick Thumb or Ricky?

  1. warwick Thumb NT

    16 vote(s)
    28.1%
  2. Rickenbacker 4003

    41 vote(s)
    71.9%
  1. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

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    Hello, I have about 2000 bucks to spare and i am trying to choose between these two basses. I am looking for a greasy, Claypool like growl with chancellor-like clarity. Which bass is better for that sort of thing? Help me out here :help:
     
  2. grendle

    grendle

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    Neither of those. A stingray would do that better.
     
  3. IntrepidCellist

    IntrepidCellist Supporting Member

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    Play the Rickenbacker first. If you love it, it's for you. If you don't, give it another shot down the line. Some people like them, some don't. I love mine.
     
  4. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

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    I would buy a Stingray, but they are just too honky for me, and play too much like a Jazz Bass
     
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  6. Bass Fund

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    Out of the two, I'd pick the Rick. I can't recommend anyone buying a bass with a bubinga/wenge neck. I can't deal with that crackle noise that happens around the first couple of frets.

    You might be able to find a used U.S. Spector NS with that two grand. There was a blue one on the bay for exactly that amount last month, in pretty good shape too. The U.S. Spector's are especially nice, mainly because of the two chunks of non-laminate maple they use for body wings. Good luck.
     
  7. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    Couldn't give me a Stingray. I love my 4001 but I doubt if it is the bass for the application you have described. The Thumb may be close, but I think with $2000 you could get a Streamer Stage II, a Pedulla or possibly come close to a used Carl Thompson, which would fit your situation much better IMO.
     
  8. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    I forgot about the Spector. That would also be right up on my list.
     
  9. godley69

    godley69 Supporting Member

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    Are you looking for a 4 string or a 5 string?
     
  10. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    I'm a little prejudice, here.
     
  11. gricko

    gricko

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    i have both.
    if you have never played a rickenbacker, see post #3.

    my experience: i use same strings on both. and an amp that is colouring the sound [ampegv4b]. taken that in account and a premise that rickenbacker has tone controls wide open and thumb set on noon - difference is extremely small. the only difference is in volume w/ thumb being active and outputting stronger signal.
    also - thumb is more versatile having active tone controls.
     
  12. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

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    Since you're more likely to find your local bar is selling moonshine distilled from unicorn tears than you are to find a 5 String Rick, i'm guessing 4 string.

    Although rare, or converted by enthusiasts, 5 string Ricks do exist, but none with any sensible string spacing as far as I'm concerned.
     
  13. JackBruceFan

    JackBruceFan

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    Rickenbacker or Fender P is the way to fly. Good Luck.
     
  14. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

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    For the tone you are describing, I'd probably go with the Thumb. I have never owned one, but it will get you closer than the Rick, which I do own. And, as has been stated already, Rics are not for everyone. Ergonomically a bit more challenging, but in fairness I've heard the Thumb can have some neck dive.
     
  15. NecroticImbecil

    NecroticImbecil

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    The one you like best after trying both out for yourself. If you can try only one and like it, then that one. Unless you frequently have $2000 just laying around and don't mind gambling it on the opinions of a bunch of strangers, based on their interpretation of your written description of the sound you like.
     
  16. Gbass75

    Gbass75 Supporting Member

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    Amen, brother!
     
  17. Felix Riley

    Felix Riley

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    Thank all of you for your kind remarks!
     
  18. 12stringbassist

    12stringbassist

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    I have both, but would plump for the Ric.
    But that's just me... The Wick has a lot of really clicky treble. Awkward controls.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. dreads311

    dreads311

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    There's not a lot the Thumb can't do. Extremely versatile bass. And that's how I'll spend my 2 cents.
     
  20. drews.anderson

    drews.anderson

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    Really love my Thumb. Always tried and wanted to love a Rick, but never could... post #3 says it all.
     
  21. HeavyRockBasser

    HeavyRockBasser

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    Play em both. If you still can't decide, you might consider that you would probably have to go used on the Wick, to get under $2000, anyway... You might be able to get em both, with that budget, if you went with used, and you went with a bolt-on, on the Wick?
     

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