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4003 owners: try your mutes

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by unclejane, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    I had the 4003 out this morning to repair one of the jacks and for grins I tried out the mute. I occasionally get this bass out of the case and monkey with it, mostly just to see if it hasn't fallen apart or something.

    But check this out. With the mute enabled, you can almost hear actual notes! I was kind of stunned at the result since I'm so accustomed to that watery, clinky noise I usually get from the Rick. But with the mute, compression to even it out and the bridge PU, it almost sounds like a bass.

    I'm trying to play along with "La Plata" by Jota Quest here. I'd get fired if I were playing like this with this tone on the actual gig, but I was having such a good time I put the iPhone next to the amp.

    Now I"m kind of GAS'ing for a fretless model all of a sudden:


  2. neren


    Jun 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    love the tone as well! certainly not what i expect to hear coming out of a rick but hell, who says you're only allowed to use a bass for the tone it's known for? i wouldn't care if you got that tone by slapping a two by four with a fish, it sounds fat!
  3. Fuzzbassian


    Jan 12, 2012
    I use my mute all the time,primarily at my music course,for those times when I have to play pieces that have been written on a double bass.Just removes the clank and gives you thud.
  4. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Well it's funny, I gigged for years and years with two Ricks and neither had a working mute. My 4001 was missing the foam strip, it'd been completely ripped off the metal support strip somehow. And the entire assembly was missing on my 4003s (former owner had just slap removed the entire thing).

    So never used it in the gigging days. It could have saved some wear and tear on my right arm if I'd actually tried it lol.

    Oh well, a kind of fun experiment. One day it'd be nice to find an FL model and see how it sounds muted....

  5. nice, real nice. guess what i will be tryin later today.
  6. I can't believe there are Ric owners with working mutes that have never tried them:spit:
  7. Gardan


    Feb 6, 2013
    My mute engages A and D before the E and G making them not equally muted, so l leave it maxed in hopes of it conforms, but still uneven.
  8. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    The problem is that the mute pad is a bit too big for the cavity it fits in. It hangs up on the edges of the tailpiece as it's being raised. It's a bit of a hassle, but the next time you have the strings off, lift off the tailpiece and take the mute assembly out. Be sure not to disengage the ground wire to the mute plate. Cut about 1/8" from each of the four sides of the mute pad with a sharp knife or small scissors. Reassemble. Now the mute should raise smoothly and touch all four strings equally.
  9. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Well if I can come up with a use for the sound, I might actually be able to use the bass for something rather than sitting in its case....

    My technique has changed a lot since the gigging days too which helps in this particular case.

    Oh well just thought it was interesting. Without the mute, it's a bear to get clean notes out...

  10. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I played with them a bit on my 4003FL, and determined that while I liked the new sound I got (kinda uprightish), I didn't like that they didn't cover each string equally. I'm debating putting a Strat pickup in there Cliff Burton style.
  11. Gardan


    Feb 6, 2013
    Thanks PaulBoyer

    MOTORHEADBANGER Spud-boy looking for a real tomato

    Dec 23, 2008
    Sidney, Indiana
    Love it, very vintage sounding (somewhat McCartney-like). What strings are you using?
  13. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Me? I'm not sure, they're the strings that was on it when I bought it new in Austin. Dead medium light round wounds, but I don't know what brand....

  14. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC

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