Custom or factory bass with Rick sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pschelfh, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. pschelfh


    Dec 26, 2007
    I've always wanted a Rick, but since it's over €2000 + a 2 year waiting list here in Belgium, I'm looking for the next best thing. I'm searching for a similar sound, more than the looks.

    Are there any factory basses that have an element configuration like the Rick (one of them close to the neck) ?

    I also know someone in Belgium who builds basses. Would it be so easy to ask him to make a bass with the same element configuration + similar wood as a Rick or are there other factors that contribute to the sound ?

    I'm looking for a driving, powerful sound as can be heard on the faster songs of the Editors.


  2. deekay911


    Nov 4, 2007
    Charleston SC
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  3. Alembic used to sell custom Ric pickups. Not sure if they still do or not.
  4. a bass that sounds similar to a ric IMO (with the neck pup soloed) is the(CIJ) Fender '51 R.I.(or the "Sting" sig.) It is an ash body,maple neck bass but,it is pretty bright and with a set of roundwound strings and the tone control should put you in the same neighborhood(that clanky growl)..not perfect but, know...I had one at one time,and the Ric-like sound is what sold me..I have since sold it because I have 2 Ric's('82 4001 & '04 4003) and a MM Sterling and it was'nt getting the playin time. It is a very well made,good sounding bass at a good price and available just about everywhere..could'nt hurt to try it for yourself
  5. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Oddly enough, I can get closer to my Ric's sound with my Peavey T-40 than any of my other basses. Totally different woods, pup style, construction, etc, but that's how it works out.