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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kearney, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. kearney


    Jul 5, 2004
    what the difference between a Rickenbacker 4001 bass and a 4003 bass is?

    is it the pickups?
  2. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma

    secondly it was the neck design and stuff like the 4001 was meant for flats and the rounds put like 100 extra pounds of pressure on it. im scared to put rounds on my 4001 because i can bend the neck like rubber when its got flats on it...

    for pickups and wiring i know thta you could choos either standard pickups or the horshoe/toastbucker(wasnt sure but its something like that) pickups. the 4001's also had really had wiring. but still sounded totally awesome, just a little too trebly with bridge pickup only. kinda like Rush's Tom Sawyer (except that was with geddy's Fender)
  3. kearney


    Jul 5, 2004

    so do 4003s go outta tune easily? are they even worth buying?
  4. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    the 4003's are fine in tuning, as far as i know they have better wiring, stronger neck for rounds and are cheaper. i may just be paranoid but does anyone think that the 4001's and the 4003's upper horn look different?
  5. kearney


    Jul 5, 2004
    good, cuz i JUST CANT STOP BUYING!!

    ive got a jazz, an ibanez tr-50 and a gretsch electromatic jr.

    whats up with fender jazz aerodines? can someone tell me a bit about em, cuz the store near me marked one down from 980 to like 620
  6. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    IMO the aerodynes are horrible. they are ugly and sound bad. if you are gonna buy a fender for around that price, buy a Geddy. everyone here loves them.
  7. kearney


    Jul 5, 2004

    Aerodynes? Ugly? hardly so, thats maybe the only bass w/o a pickguard that i find good lookin, how can it sound bad? its got both jazz and p pickups? im gonna look into it
  8. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    just cause it has J and P pickups doesnt mean it sounds good. and the 37" radius carved top does nothing for me. i played one and it sounds IMO like a squier P plus a bad J pickup. all the "heavy rocker" people think it's good because it is all black. these fender people are good at picking up the "it" thing to do. although i would have liked to see a "furbi" bass. the aerodyne is the stupidest bass to hit the market since that one bass that mccarteny played. oo la la i play a Hofner and i have a billion dollars.
  9. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    here are some HELLA better basses that dont have picguards

    here are a few of the "high end" basses. all are the best out there. darrin, mike, and Bill, are usually hanging out here too! try the luthiers corner and youll probably find Carey Nordstrand, Roger Sadowsky, and others. but i dont see Leo hanging out here, lol. j/k there are hella better basses out there than fender aerodynes.
  10. kearney


    Jul 5, 2004

    plus those are like thousand dollar basses too, well alembics are, id play an alembic explorer like entwistle, that is, if i could afford it, ill stick with standard shaping thank-you-very-much
  11. Thee


    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    I want to poke this with a stick.
  12. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    You're welcome. :smug:
  14. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Try a couple thousand and up... way up.
  15. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
    Dude, personal opinions are subjective.
  16. Where'd I hear that before? Ha!

    Regarding the earlier postings about the flats/rounds on the Rics. Out of curiosity I decided to see what the difference in string tension would be. Comparison was w/ D'Addario and at the .100 guage:

    Nickel Flat Wound Roundcore .100 34.39
    Nickel Round Wound .100 36.5
    Chromes Stainless Steel Flat Wound .100 38.4
    Solid Stainless Steel Round Wound .100 34.4

    So nothing really conclusive to lead one to think your 4001 neck will warp if you throw a set of rounds on there.
    Also, didn't Chris Squire and Geddy Lee both use Rotosounds on their 4001's for quite some time? As I understand they still own those original instruments w/ the neck in working order.
  17. People always get their facts wrong when it comes to this subject... Its Dont put HEAVY roundwounds on a 4001...Flats actully have More tension than Rounds. My dad has been using .105 rounds on his 74 Rick 4001 forever and never had any problems. John hall said only put light guage flats on it cause the light guage helps the neck, and the reason for the flats was to save the frets. So you can use light-medium guage stings (rounds or flats) and wont have any problems.
  18. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
  19. THAT seems to make more sense. And yes, I've always felt that the flats (of equal gauge) were tighter in feel vs. the roundwound string.