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Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass Vs. Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metallicat, May 24, 2005.

  1. metallicat


    May 3, 2005
    The prices in $Can. are pretty similar, but i would like some of your opinions :bassist:
  2. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    On what? They're good basses for what they do. I would personally go for the Rick, but I have no idea what you need your bass to do. What're you looking for?

  3. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Not a fan of the LP's. I would definetly go for the Ric. Great basses.
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Not a fan of Gibson basses.

    Not a fan of Rics.

    I'd still go for the Ric.

    I think you'll have better tone and better retention of value.
  5. vacman


    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    I find Rics hard to play but the tone is so.....Ric. I find the Ric tone very sharp through an all tube head. What are you playing? Rock? Salsa? Emo? :eyebrow:
  6. Riiiick! I haven't heard too much about Gibson basses, but Ricks are awesome.
  7. definitely Rick

    "More Thundering Tone Than You Can Handle?" :bassist: :smug:
  8. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I'm generally pretty receptive towards Gibson basses: Love the Grabber and the Ripper. But the couple of Les Paul basses I've tried have been terrible! Tone like warmed over farts, heavy as hell and just generally bad.

    Go with the Ric! I love the tone and bite of rics, I don't find them hard to play at all, indeed they're a treat.
  9. I've heard of terrible neckdive and heavieness from the LesPaul... put it looks drop-dead-gorgeuos and assumely has a nice rock-tone.

    The rick has "the rick-tone" and is pure sex.
  10. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I think I'll be different and go for.... no wait, what am I saying? Ric. 100%.
  11. Fishman


    May 24, 2005
    Hamilton ON
    Played both... Had a '76 4001 and own a '99 4003S5. The LP is a nice to have, the Ric is a requirement!

  12. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    4003 all the way! Forget about the LP.


  13. w0rD to the Rickenbrutha!
  14. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    R I C K

    without question, get the Rick. I own a T-bird, but generally reach for one of my Ricks.

    Hey BassyBill...LOVE the Glenn Hughes icon. Nice to see someone in the know!
  15. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    I would choose the Rick kind sir.

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