'76 Rickenbacker Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hockeyman99, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. Hockeyman99


    Dec 10, 2012
    I have this beauty and was wondering if I were to sell it should I look to get the original bridge and tuners? It has Grover tuners on it and a Badass bridge.

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  2. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Doh! I misread that you're Selling, Not buying. I'd buy this Rick "As Is". IMO the mods done improve the "shortcomings" of the stock model. The stock pickups are the most important thing. It definitely falls under a Players Instrument due to the mods, so it won't sell as high as a bone stock model.
  3. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    If they are the old "closed-back" type of Grovers, they may be the originals. Looks like a nice Autumnglo/Walnut!
  4. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    i wouldn't bother.
    won't increase value enough to make it worth it IMO.
  5. Hockeyman99


    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks for the replies! The tuners are definitely different, as I can see the old screwholes, they are open back Grovers now. Now deciding to sell or not lol!
  6. If you have the original parts include them in the deal.
  7. Its a good looking bass as-is. For the right price, I'd consider buying it. So I guess that means that you don't necessarily need to change anything. :)
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I can only imagine what those parts would be going for. No way is it worth the investment. Sell it as is. With all the people chiming in to buy the bass, you would be wise to get a supporting membership otherwise this thread will be closed fairly shortly.
  9. Sell the Ricky as-is for a player. If I am correct, installing the BadAss bridge on the Ricky, you had to do some modding.
    The Hipshot is a direct replacement.
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  10. Hockeyman99


    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies. On the fence about selling, has some sentimental value on how I got it but it's really not my type of bass. If I decide I'll put it on classified to sell/trade for good 5 string.
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  11. Nice bass, as others said let it go as is. I and many others would be interested in it just the way it is.
  12. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    This /\
    Buying replacements for the originals won't likely net you enough to cover the additional expense if you sell, and the mods have already been done, so it is what it is.
    Someone looking for a BadAss equipped Rick shouldn't be too hard to find if you do sell it, and those are quality parts, so there's no shame in what's on there.
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  13. I had a 82 Ricky with the Hipshot bridge, liked it and will probably install one on my '73 4001 player.
    My '73 player, is like SRV's Strat 'Lenny'. It is beat to heck, installed a treble pickup from a 4003, the original toaster neck pickup, with Shaller tuners. It may not be a museum collector piece, but it is a great sounding and playing bass.

    When I rescued this beast over 15 years ago, some idiot had taken the original bridge pickup out and fabricated a mount to install P-bass style pick ups side by side. They also changed around the wiring and for the icing....installed 'chicken-head knobs from a old Fender Amp.

  14. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    FWIW, there are a couple of auctions on eBay now or recently for complete Ric bridges for less than $60, I think they're both BINs. But I agree, nothing wrong with selling as is. It won't be stock even if you replace the Badass, so I doubt you'd get the $60 investment back.
  15. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    The only real issue with installing a BadAss on a 4001/3 bass was that sometimes you had to rout a little deeper to allow for a too tall action.
    If the bass plays fine, then there's really no downside to having a BadAss bridge.
    It's already on there and it's easier to adjust than the stock piece, so you may as well just leave it as is.

    The Hipshot is indeed a fine replacement (I have one myself), but again, it's not necessary with regards to functionality.
  16. Hockeyman99


    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks again everyone, this forum is great! I am gonna hold onto her, would totally regret it if I sold it! Easier to save up for another. Great info on these forums!
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  17. Hockeyman99


    Dec 10, 2012