For those who own Ricks, when did you find out it was for you?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheOriginalName, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Hey Talkbass,

    Asking Rickenbacker owners, when did you know you were comfortable with a Ric bass and liked them. Did you try one out and knew instantly? Did it grow on you?

    Alternatively, for those who dislike Rickenbacker basses, when did you find out that was the case?
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  2. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    I wanted one for the longest time and finally got my hands on one after 13 years of waiting. It was $450, a blonde 4001, and I got it in '95. I was NOT a Ric guy and I knew IMMEDIATELY. To this day I still lust after the look and that awesome tone. I tried and tried with that thing and finally traded it.
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  3. John Galt

    John Galt

    Nov 19, 2016
    Rick appreciator, not looking to buy one (at least not yet).
    Took about a minute playing one at a friend's house to recognize the sound and feel are terrific. IMO.
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  4. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I’ve tried three so far, a fireglo 4003, a Rick James White w/black one, and a heavily modded 4003 (I think) with a dimarzio mudbucker in the neck. All three were really nice and comfy for myself. The upper range took a bit of getting used too but they’re nice basses. Idk abt the price but I dig em. Trying to decide between a Rick and Warmoth rn.
  5. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Bought my first bass, a Ric, in 1980, a used '78 4001. It was my main bass until it was stolen in '89. Went many years with other instruments, mostly a '72 Tele Bass and an '82 Vintage '57 Precision. Then in 2015 I got my hands on another Ric. It felt like I had been away from home for a very long time and finally come back. Now my Precision feels coarse to me. I guess I just have Ric hands.
  6. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I’ve never owned a Riki, but after playing a few I relate to what you said about the p basses, at least a little bit.
  7. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I’ve went through a similar process four times in the past 15 years. :D
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  8. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Ricks sound nice, but I dislike everything else about them. IMO you would be better off building a parts bass with Rick pups.
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  9. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    My first bass, 1978’ 4001, $450 with HSC. My bass teacher had a crappy 70’s P-Bass that felt like a crudely dressed 2x4 by comparison (still does, truth be told). Ergonomically Challenged for sure, but once you develop a callus on your forearm..... It was always my dream bass, always will be, so I built my own.
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  10. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    I took a dozen different demos and then “the one” fell into my lap. It’s beat up and needed some tlc, but it has the best neck and after some help from Dane it sounds killer. It’ll never leave me
  11. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 14, 2012
    MJC Ironworks
    I always loved they way they looked and sounded, but the design flaws are a no go for me especially when considering the price. The bridge issues have been beaten to death as well as the truss rods. Another thing that bugs me is that they don’t reverse wind one of the pickups for him cancelling. I think they’re hands-down the best looking bass on the market, and I like the way they sound.
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  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    They look beautiful and sound amazing
    Especially the 4004.
    The neck profile is uncomfortable for my hand and I don’t like the dual trussrods
    Someday I’ll build my own with a nice jazz bass neck profile with some HB1 pickups
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  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Geddy and I share the same size proboscis, so I picked mine...

    ... sight unseen.*

    * '80 Ric, jetglo... still going strong.
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  14. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    I'd never had the chance to play a Ric. Went to our local store to try one out and bought it after playing it for a few minutes. So I guess it spoke to me.
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  15. Giffro


    Apr 29, 2017
    South Australia
    Early 70's and had a 4000 model (single treble pup) by mid 70's especially ordered through Rose Morris (Rose Music Aust) I believe it was here in Australia...was a 6 month wait for it even back then loll
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  16. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I’ve been a longtime appreciator, but could never justify purchasing one until someone here wanted to trade his 4001 for a 78 Jazz I wasn’t bonding with.

    Prior to that? I’d never once picked up a Rick bass, and I’d only ever handled one Rick guitar. I just loved the aesthetic, and I’m a pretty adaptable guy.

    So I didn’t become a Rick guy until after I owned one. But I knew I could punt it easily if if I didn't bond with it.
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  17. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    I've had 2.5 Rics, mostly recent- ish years. I say 2.5 because I got 4003S from Musician's Friend that was a POS and returned it immediately. My first was a 2007 4003 Fireglo while I dug the sound, it was ergonomically messing with me. Same with the second one. I wanted that Ric sound so bad I got the third one and was disappointed I had to return it. It kind of turned me off of Ric.
  18. rickdog

    rickdog Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    I knew I liked it before I even knew what it was... I still remember standing transfixed the first time I heard Roundabout. When I found out what Chris Squire (and MIke Rutherford, and others) used to make that sound, I knew I had to have one. When I got my first real job after college and had the money, I bought the first used 4001 that came through the local music store. I still have it.

    I've never been bothered much by the ergonomics (I wear a sweatband on my forearm sometimes), and don't mind the extra half hour fiddling with the intonation if I change the type of strings I'm using. And I love the wide, thin neck!
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  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Had one, loved the timbre, hated the neck & the weight.
    I'd buy one again if I could find a 4004 that was 3,600 Grams or less.

    Apparently the necks are slimmer now than the one I had.
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  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I bought my first in 1973 … I liked it instantly … I have been playing Ricks ever since ...

    That being said … I hate binding, I hate pickup covers, and I hate mechanical mutes.
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