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are rickenbacker basses more popular than their guitars?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bon viesta, Dec 16, 2020.

  1. StudioGC

    StudioGC Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    The fake Ric's (especially the walnut ones) from DHgate and Alibaba are actually pretty well made. I used one for a year doing a Beatles/60's show and it worked well. Sold it and now have the real deal I liked the fake so much.
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  2. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    There's certainly a lot of love for the 4001 and its relatives out there, but know Rickenbacker guitars have also always been very highly revered as well especially for the 12 strings and the Lennon models though there are some other great guitars and basses that they also make. Its also to their credit that they never got into the off-shoring thing. After having played a Rick bass from 72 till 94 I will say that it just doesn't do it for me anymore and I moved on though if I could ever get my 72 4001 back I'd be a very happy guy:) I've played the 4003S which I really liked and now they're reissuing the 4003 with checkerboard binding. The horseshoe pickup with the toaster neck pickup is also a very inviting proposition to any Rick bass. All that said, I'm going to look at another Rickenbacker now!
  3. Yellow Bang66

    Yellow Bang66

    Jun 5, 2019
    Meh. Iplayed one once when My Shecter's battery died! drummer had one as back up.Granted it was neglected, but I was expecting at least a little magic, but nah, it was meh.just meh spent an entire afternoon with it too, trying to conjure up something, anything, but nope. though the guitarists were in awe,? Didnt get it BFD! My shecter has more Mojo!
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  4. I was obsessed by Rickenbacker 12 strings so had to eventually get one. There really is no real substitute especially if you're a Byrds fan so I bought the limited edition 370 McGuinn and replaced the pick guard.
    I see guitarists playing a six string Ricky and I'm baffled.
  5. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    those are pretty!!! i looooooove love love natural finish instruments. i’m a drummer first and foremost, though i think at this point i’d formally identify myself as a multi instrumentalist (bass and drums, and bass seems more interesting to me at the moment) but whenever i drool over drums or bass and on the off change i drool over a guitar, they’re always natural finish. i love seeing that beautiful wood!!
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  6. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    in my mind the most mojo you can ever get out of an instrument is just having it look like you chopped down a tree, made your instrument, slapped hardware onto it, and began making making sweet sweet music. no need for anything flashy. though gloss can help ;)
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  7. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    You should probably stick with shecter.
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  8. ChoGall


    Jul 16, 2020
    This is my experience as well, I'm not sure I've ever known someone who owned a Ricky guitar, but I've seen lots of local bands with 4001s/4003s. Rickenbacker basses have a pretty devoted following the in the doom/stoner metal scene.
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  9. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I wouldn't call ric "popular" on either the bass or guitar side... both seem like a nostalgia trip IMO... Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty on the guitar side, if that's your thing, there is no substitute
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  10. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    [Citation needed]
  11. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    My guitar skills ... need improvement, but I for one would very much like a Rickenbacker 12-string. :)
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  12. When you consider the number of guitarists compared to bassists, the number of competing instruments in the same price range (for both guitars and basses), and the recognition factor of each it becomes clear that the Ric basses are more popular than their guitars. Most bassists can pick out a Ric at a glance, many guitarists can distinguish a Ric 330 from a Tele, Strat, SG or a Les Paul (and would shell out the dough for one of those instruments first), but wouldn't know the model number or the number of strings (six or twelve). Even in pop culture you see cartoon drawings of 4001/3's but never a 330. I did play a blue 330 in a store once and was going to buy it but I was a little short on cash at the time. Beautiful guitar and had a surprisingly wide tonal palette. Comfy neck. If I only had the money...
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  13. Craig T Vector

    Craig T Vector Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Liberty Hill, TX
  14. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
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  15. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    Definitely. You could do worse for $2700, though, I am sure.
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  16. Lesser known but pretty influential is the Smithereens, at various times they were an all Rickenbacker band, with two guitars and a bass.

    Also REM back in the day.

    And perhaps the best-looking guitarist to usually use a Rickenbacker throughout her career, Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.
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  17. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Cue photo. And on 3...2...1...

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  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    The first Rick guitar I bought was a 660/12...

  19. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    This isn't Wikipedia.
    I wasn't being serious, but...
  20. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Since that time, I have owned a few others:


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