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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jan 27, 2010.
I've thrown better looking people out of my bed, and I'm not even fussy.
I've been looking for a 4001 copy in good condition for a few years now, and I finally found one and bought it: a 1978 GRECO RB700. It looks so beautiful in daylight that I can't believe it's more than 40 years old, but when I shine the light on it at night, the wonderful grain shows. The sound is a little different from the stock RIC, but not bad. Also, the strings are currently tape-wound, and I plan to replace them with round strings soon. I'm sure it will sound great. Thanks for reading!
P.S. The tail of the bridge has a lot of lift. Hey GRECO, you don't have to copy all this lol.
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That's a beauty. Just buy a replacement bridge.
Nice grain on that one! The Allparts clone bridge is a drop in replacement for around $60-80, or the Hipshot for $150. If you put Ric hi-gains in it, no reason it wouldnt sound identical to a stock 4003.
To those who have replied, thank you. I actually have a RIC bridge and a hipshot bridge. Either one is fine, but I'd like to adopt the one with perfectly matching screw holes. I don't want to drill new screw holes in this beautiful body.
Oh my goodness, the lacing and figuring on that wood is furniture grade. I believe I'm right in saying that the Greco and Aria copies were made in the same place by the same people, and are generally regarded as the best of the clones. There is a story of an Aria being switched for a genuine Ric that had been rented from a music store, and it was quite some time before anybody realized what had happened.
If you want to use it as a "player", definitely go with the Hipshot or wait for Jeff Babicz to release his direct 1:1 replacement.
The Allparts is matching screw holes as far as I know, it is for a genuine Ric anyway. I've had one on my clone build for 5 years now with no.sign of lifting. The mute does prevent palm muting behind the bridge pup, like all Rics, but thats no diferent than what you have now. Babicz has the replacement Ric saddle.assembly out now, but its expensive, and doesnt solve the mute issue.
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Thanks for the interesting story. But the most common theory around me is that Greco is Fujigen and Aria is Matsumoku. However, there may have been something like what you said in the long history. It's the past, and there is no way for an outsider to know. Still, the story of the instruments being switched is interesting.
Thanks for the info, if the RIC and hipshot don't work I'll get the all parts. Babicz is a no-go because it doesn't solve my tail lift problem.
Edit:Wrong: all parts
Hmmm, yeah, the Babicz is quite disappointing really. I was expecting a full replacement.
I agree with you
That's not a walnut board is jt?
It’s actually walnut underneath (the part you can’t see), with zebrawood on top.
Walnut board too?
That was great!
Speaking of Lemmy…… My Brother, who is one of those people who can pick up virtually any craft easily, has decided to start carving wood, and has agreed it would indeed be fun to carve a set of Lemmy 4004 LK body wings for me. I’m drawing them out now, and realizing every one was unique. A ways off, but I already have the CB, and the actual build will be old hat except for the carving. I’ll post it here when I start the build.
Fretboard is Pau Ferro. A particularly nicely striped example. Should look cool with the stripes in the Zebrano. Neck shaft is cherry/maple/cherry, just a blank I had lying around.
Dang, that is similar to one I have in the works!* Zebra wood on mahogany, neck shaft is cherry/bubinga/cherry, with a bubinga fretboard.
*It has been in the works for a very long time. The guy building it is in his 70's and has health issues, so I don't push him at all. I should probably push him a little.
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