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Bass thoughts?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SilverandBass, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. SilverandBass


    Apr 8, 2014
    Rickenbacker 4003
  2. Love the sound,don't like the triangle inlays or the ergonomics.

    That's all I got..........
  3. anavar


    Oct 10, 2013
    my bass tone can beat up your dad's bass tone.
    expensive. kinda ugly.

    but looks are subjective, so yeah. What are you going to use it for?
  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    I like mine. I like my 4001 better, but no problems with either. They're not for everyone, and don't pretend to be. And, that's about all I got. :)
  5. Metalmaster6254


    Apr 9, 2014
    Pretty expensive thats what I say, and the body looks a tad ugly
  6. Andy D

    Andy D

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bay Area
    I've never heard, prior to this thread, anybody call the Ric 4000 body design "ugly". Pass me some of what you're smoking. 99% of audience members will "Ooo" and "Aaahh" when you pull it out of the case, because they're bored stiff with constantly seeing J and P basses. Soundwise, Rics do their own thing, and I think it's stupendous, with either flats or rounds.
  7. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    I love my 4003. IMO nothing ugly about it. Plays great. Vuts through the mix. Will own it always. Will be getting the 4003w as well
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  9. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I've never heard any bass, no matter how expensive, sustain like a 4001-4003. They're beautiful basses. I've never seen one with a finish or construction/assembly flaw.

    Cons: Ric's are too hard to intonate. The pickups seem to go bad after about 15 years. It's especially difficult to slap on a 4003. I hate binding.
  10. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    If I could get that sound in a 24 fret 5 string, I would be a very happy bass player.
  11. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
  12. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    But only of the audience consists of 1 bass player...and even then 1% of him will hate it. I've gigged my Ric for over 30 years and most audience members don't give a rats...

    I love it though, and that's all that matters...

    And even then I hate the bridge.
  13. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    No thanks, I always wanted a Ric until I played a few.
  14. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I enjoyed both playin' it fingerstyle, like I usually do, and its dual output (I know and love for I own two Yamaha Sheehan's Attitude limited) but I almost immediately felt uncomfortable with the simple idea of settin' its bridge, the friend/owner of that one describin' it as an authentic PITA!

  15. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think they're pretty. I don't like playing them.
  16. Dakotah


    Dec 21, 2011
    Port Richey,FL
    To each his own,I like mine.Has a lot of versatility.Picked up an older one once and hated it,was set up all screwy,store didn't even bother cleaning it up! Bought a new 4003 in 2012 and a few minor adjustments and it plays great.
  17. Craig82


    Mar 9, 2009
    Got one. Tried to love it. The neck wasn't for me and the E string was always weaker than the others, no matter how was adjustments I made. Traded it and haven't looked back.
  18. Titania


    Aug 17, 2012
    Shirley, MA
    I have one. It's my favorite bass...the one I will never sell. It's by far the most pedal-friendly of my basses. Sounds good with just about everything (except the Billy Sheehan pedal) and sustains for ages.

    Off all the basses I play out with, the one that gets commented on by audience folks is the Rick.
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member


    They look awesome, sound good but kill my forearm.

    An iconic bass, I have owned a couple, but not for everyone to say the least.