About to pull the trigger on a Ric

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by catcauphonic, Jul 10, 2021.

  1. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    A seller in Seattle has a minty looking 2012 Jetglo 4003 available for 2G. I'm going to take a gander at it within a week, and I'm just wondering what are the main details I need to be paying attention to? Any known issues in 2012?0

    Yes, I realize I can probably get one online for less dough elsewhere, but I can't feel good about not being able to test its playability before handing over the cash.

    For the near decade I've been playing, I've always been happy being a one bass guy, but I've always wanted a Ric

    pcake, mikewalker, Spidey2112 and 6 others like this.
  2. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    By now any finish issues will have presented themselves and it sounds like this has none. I'd personally look to see what parts were swapped if any, and if the seller kept the PU cover, etc.

    Playability will tell you what you need to know. Nothing like a Ric. I personally love the necks on them and find them ergonomic, but you'll know soon. Best of luck! :)
    catcauphonic likes this.
  3. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    you can get a brand new 4003 for 1750. and it will have the new bridge design
    try bruce at wildwood
    jd56hawk, Luigir, MCF and 11 others like this.
  4. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    These guys are the best. If you do this, you can ask him to have Trevor play it. He is their bass guy and ad writer and he can do a wonderful job describing what he thinks. No substitute for your own hands, but he is really good.
    VitoMB, woodyng2, Aqualung60 and 5 others like this.
  5. MG Wolf

    MG Wolf Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2014
    Due East
    Bubbling or ribboning of Finish around bridge plate :cigar:
    :( :bored: :vomit:
    Luigir, MCF, Shlabotnik and 1 other person like this.
  6. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Ric defects have been HIGHLY exaggerated here.
    corndog, Giffro, ajkula66 and 12 others like this.
  7. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    Agree....and everwhere else. i cant believe the endless amount of bad things I have read about Rics over the years. None of that ever mattered to me since its usually just people who really have no experience with the bass. All makers have defects or quirks or whatever. My only issue was the intonation with the bridge. But you set it once and really never deal with it again. The new bridge just makes it alot easier.
    One Way, Giffro, krfoss and 3 others like this.
  8. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    Got a new old stock 2019 4003 from a GC for a little under 1.7K. Was a good deal for me. While not even close to my USA Spector NS4s, she certainly gets played and is a lot of fun.

    BTW - cure the binding on the forearm thing. Exercise stretch terry arm bands.
    MCF, garrett77, DougieB and 3 others like this.
  9. Good advice above.

    If it has binding (I think it does), just check to be sure it isn't pulling away. I saw that on a Ric once a long time ago... but that instrument was abused by it's owner. Still, it can't hurt to look.

    If it doesn't work out, you could always go online and buy a MapleGlo. Everyone wants a MapleGlo anyway.
    catcauphonic likes this.
  10. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Without the walnut wings on the headstock, please.

    Good luck with the purchase! If you get it, run it in stereo or put it through a Tech 21 or EBS preamp.
    catcauphonic likes this.
  11. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I've heard them all but never heard that one.
    Giffro, George Dennis and Jeff Scott like this.
  12. VitoMB

    VitoMB Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2019
    Quebec, Canada
    I have got a 2020 with the new bridge. Do not hesitate if you have chance get a new one. I did not play it before buying. No regrets at all. YMMV
    One Way, Aqualung60 and catcauphonic like this.
  13. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    A lot of people are afraid of the (two) truss rods and hence a lot of them need set up, you can set them pretty much flat if you want, if it is difficult to play that is most likely the reason. I've been playing them since since the late 70's and have bought a lot of new and used ones and have never gotten a used one which I could not straighten out to make play and sound nice. You can drop the neck pickup a little but the bridge is very adjustable, if you want more bottom and the neck pickup is all the way up, drop the bridge. I would also take the bridge pickup cover off, I play right over it.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2021
  14. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    New bridge that much better than the old?
    Not me :smug:

    I know I want a 4003, pref in jetglo, (though I do like the ruby red and I'm not sure of the official colour name but the rare blue ones are pretty sweet too.) Heck, I daydream about getting a custom purple paint job on one :rolleyes:

    Sharks teeth are a must!
  15. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Do I need a secret code??? Screenshot_20210710-185604_Chrome.jpg
    JoshS likes this.
  16. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    I’m not impressed by the new bridge, but it’s a bridge and it works.

    Play the bass, not the interwebz drivel.
  17. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    @catcauphonic - I just saw your post, and had to share this photo from Ric's Facebook page from May 30th. Apparently they plan on doing more with this "Grape Jelly" finish:
    Pretty darn handsome with the black hardware!
  18. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Yeah and if Ric don’t make the one you want, they do change color easily.

  19. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Interesting for sure, if only it were on a 4003
    nixdad likes this.
  20. Rics are unique instruments that are more like boutique basses made in mass quantities than they are common assembly line fare. You can get two specimens that are worlds apart. It is important to get one you're comfortable with and don't assume they are all the same. Try out as many as possible until you get one you like. If there is one local to you in Seattle, by all means check it out. If you like it, buy it. You can always resell it. The price is a bit high so you may have wiggle room or risk losing money if you resell it. Consider that beforehand. There may be others lurking about in the area. Hunt them down. The Wildwood idea is a good place to start. I don't think the vintage is of any undue concern, as major changes occurred earlier on and by the mid 2000s the basses were pretty well as good as they get. The new bridge just came out and may be of interest, but it can be retrofitted to any 4003, so don't let that deter you from an older model. So few of the newer bridge installed 4003s have been issued that the standard is the older style. Neck profiles vary from instrument to instrument, so again, make sure you're comfortable in that department. These basses come from the factory sans any shielding. That is up to you whether or not applying tape to the innards in necessary. The neck should be flat or close to it and the bridge should be adjusted correctly. Once done, those two things are practically set for life. They are a time consuming pain but not something you need to worry about once completed. Hope this helps. Best to you, Catcauphonic.