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Best OD/Dist for a Ric 4003?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Hand Amputation, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Hand Amputation

    Hand Amputation

    Sep 14, 2008
    I have a great clean tone dialed in with my bass through a Yorkville 400 watt head and an Avatar 2x12 Neo cab. Problem is, I am having a hard time deciding on how to get a good, moderately distorted tone. I have a Swollen Pickle and an older USA Big Muff, but I think an OD or distortion may be better suited for finding a good spot in the mix.

    Another problem with trying the fuzzes is that they feed back like crazy. I would like to find something that I wouldn't have to turn off as soon as I am done playing.

    Can someone point me in the right direction?
  2. My Ric seems built for the B3K. If you want, I have lots of clips!

    It definitely compliments the Ric's natural grind and punchiness more than any other pedal I have tried. Most pedals mask that attack so well, and it's a shame because it sounds so awesome in a rock context.
  3. Hand Amputation

    Hand Amputation

    Sep 14, 2008
    I'd love to hear the clips. While my fuzzes are good at what they do, I feel that I need something less muddy, and more focused.. Also something with less feedback and noise.

  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would also look at a Blower Box OD
  5. Here's me trying to add bass to a Helio Sequence song. It was a one-shot, so there are mistakes(and it was hard to get rid of the keyboard bass's boominess). But pay attention to the 1:00 mark, my playing cleans up a bit there and you can hear the slight grind up top:

    Going through my GK800 as well here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vq586wjwkqwrqp4/grindy scratchtrack2.mp3


    Going through my friend's Peavey combo guitar amp. There's def more overdrive used here, and lots of double-stops after the pause around 45 seconds:

    Guitar Rig4, going through an AC30 wMarshall cab emulator:

    w/Tech21 Oxford:

    Well, that should give you some idea. I like a LOT of top-end and am always working on getting more, so know that this pedal can go softer for sure.(look up "long synth" on my soundcloud page for that one)
  6. I use the B3K with my Ric and I swear by it. The B3K can do wooly fuzz if you want, but it's really good at grindy overdrive and emphasizing brightness, which seems to bring out the monster that lives within every Ric. One of the great things about Rics is that they sound so good with most types of distortion/overdrive; it's just a matter of find which one appeals to you.
  7. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    T-Rex Bass Juice definitely does not suck with my 4003.
  8. ^^ Awesome. I don't think many overdrives suck with a Ric!:)
  9. I too think the DG B#K pedals sound great on a Ric. Lotsa dirt pedals to choose from, tho. IMO these pedals suit the Ric very well.
  10. Great sounding clips. You're obviously not in a "bass should be felt-not heard" situation.
  11. Thanks, Rickenmonster:)

    And yeah, I definitely like the "tin can" attack that a Ric seems to be able to get quite nicely.
  12. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    I owned a Ric for years and loved muffs (with a noise suppressor), Malekko B:Assmaster, and the RAT (clone). If you can't get a NS for the muffs, I'd suggest trying a Malekko for fuzz and run a RAT or clone at low gain.
  13. I've got a Black Cat BOF. Very similar to a Malekko. Might even fall into clone territory.
  14. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Have you ever considered a Marshal Guv'nor? I would think these would be an ideal match. There is a lot out there right now, but IMO, the Darkgalss stuff is awesome. Pricey? Yes. But so worth it. If you dont want to spend that much, check out Mjacs suggestion of the Idiot Box Blower Box. This is a very raunchy Rat based dist. If the Rat isn't your type of thing, check out the Source Audio OFD. Then youll have 12 different dirts from tube OD to tube screamers to metal dist to fuzz to choose from all with EQ and blending capabilities. For $170 brand new, its pretty hard to beat.
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    When you said 'focused' you described the B3K.
  16. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Here are a few for you:


    My main rig for the recordings was: Ric 4003 > FEA DE/CL > [dirt for the song] > Mesa 400+ > Orange OBC410 (DI before the pedals and a mic on the cab).
    1) "Dying Day" is a medium gain Fuzzrocious Rat Tail with no diodes engaged, bridge pickup selected
    2) "Ghost" is a Mountainking Magnetar (you can hear it pretty clearly on the verses), bridge pickup selected
    3) "Outside" is a Fuzzrocious Rat Tail on lower gain settings with no diodes engaged, bridge pickup selected
    4) "Driving Myself Insane" is a Smallsound/Bigsound Team Awesome! Fuzz Machine with the gate footswitch engaged, bridge pickup selected
    5) "To Live Within" is clean, neck pickup selected
  17. Hand Amputation

    Hand Amputation

    Sep 14, 2008
    Lots of info here. Thanks! I will look into these.

    FWIW, I think the Muff and Pickle both sound fantastic, but the feedback is not gonna work for me!
  18. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I run several Ricks thru a Yorkville 400 as well. I love my Fender Sublime, Most dismiss it because it's huge, but after years of searching it's my fave dirt box.
  19. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Boost knob on a GK head
  20. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Or a Sansamp bddi. It gives mine a nice thick gritty tone.